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Arrondissement de Châlons-en-Champagne

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  • Day51

    Differences

    July 1, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Right now I'm on the outskirts of Chalons en Champagne which was a convenient stop on the way north. Tomorrow will be Saint Omer.
    What a difference today's ride was. I came out of the heat wave which is affecting most of Southern Europe and the temperature dropped by 15c over yesterday so for the first time in weeks I arrived at the end of my day not needing to jump in a shower or a pool or a river to cool down.
    I told the sat nav to avoid the toll roads as I'm not in a hurry and it brought me via long straight empty roads through forests and little villages so I'm going to do the same tomorrow which will be 5 hours riding.
    I'm a couple of miles out of town in one of those budget hotels business men use conveniently near the main road. It's surrounded by discount stores and there is a gypsy camp across the road. They have very nice and very clean caravans and I notice they are connecting into the street lamp supply for electric and down a man hole for water.
    I went for a walk to find a restaurant and decided on the one which had an acronym for a name which I presume means King French Cuisine. I chose chicken.
    As I was riding today I thought about the differences I've experienced in the adventure. The lowest temperature was at home on the first day when the screen of the bike froze as I took it out the garage next coldest was in Montenegro in the mountains when I started the day at 5c. The highest I've seen was 42c in Sardinia. I rode on a road which had snow 3 metres high each side in Austria and I had so much rain coming down the Balkan coast I abandoned my plan to go to Greece and caught a boat to Italy from Albania.
    I described today's accommodation. I've also stayed in four star hotels, three and two star. This is a two star. I've used Airbnb staying at people's houses. I stayed at a family house who invited me in when my hostel was closed. I've used four or five hostels and enjoyed them all. I slept in a chair on a ferry and in the restaurant of another ferry. I slept on Andrews settee for two nights.
    So it'll be nice to get back to a familiar bed and not have to pack and move on in the morning and not spend the evening planning the next days ride and finding somewhere to stay.
    I'm taking a night off from sight seeing as I'm out of town. Saint Omer will be nice, I remember it from staying there when Mandy and I traveled in the MG.
    Not brilliant photos today. I took one to try to show the straight and empty road. Just as I took it a car appeared on the horizon. I took another in a bar I stopped at for a coffee at lunch time. It had a 1930s BSA on a plinth in the restaurant area. It belongs to a friend of the bar owner. I also took a photo of the view from last night's hotel in Dijon just as the sun set over the railway station.
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  • Day489

    Vitry to Chalons en Champagne

    July 25, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We like the new Canal called Canal Lateral a la Marne it is only 64km long with 15 locks. Things started well the canal was wide and deeper than the previous one the locks are all operated by twisting rods before the lock. Things started well three quick locks but then we went into the next and nothing happened the gates didn’t close, no lights, alarm didn’t seem to work either and phone engaged. Umm found a second number to call and were informed someone would be there, an hour later and we were out!
    We got to Chalon en champagne early afternoon checked in and walked around the town lots of history, churches, wooden buildings, canals etc, nice place. The mooring is in a pretty location next to a lake, lots of people promenading. We visited the market this morning, they were giving free Covid tests if you had I’d and address to send results. The market was smaller than expected but lots of fresh produce we bought nectarines and strawberries.
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  • Day24

    Where wine is cheaper than water

    June 7, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    220 miles further north we earned our complementary champers on arrival in Vertus at the Clos Margot.
    This is the land of bubbly and good wine...so not surprised when, at the local pizza restaurant, the bottled water cost an euro more than the wine!
    My kinda place.
    We have had a good evening and this little town is quite pretty AND it didn't rain!
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  • Day33

    Driving

    June 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Perhaps it is wrong of me to generalise about the standards of driving in different countries but several people have asked who is good who is bad so I'll give my impression. We are driving slow compared to most so the speed of the cars on the German autobahn was often at least double my speed but it was safe when compared to Italy where the driving was erratic and rules where often ignored. As you go south in Italy it gets worse and I found the city of Naples to be hard with drivers just pulling out from side roads and stopping you as you drive so they can cross your road. My worst experience was the city of Palermo in Sicily where pedestrians would just walk out and stop the traffic to cross the road. There are many pedestrian crossings in the wide main roads but the people were just ignoring those and crossing anywhere. It happened to many times for it to be unlucky to have it happen to me.
    The most scary driving was the drive from Genoa West into France, it was nothing to do with poor driving it was because I was driving towards the setting sun which was also reflecting off my bonnet so it was in my eyes then suddenly we enter a tunnel and everything goes black until your eyes adjust then you exit the tunnel and the sun is in your eyes again. There are over twenty of those tunnels on that road.

    The suspension of the car is rather stiff with leaf springs and poor damping so I feel the bumps more than most. Belgium was about the same as England, not brilliant but not bad. Germany has good roads as has Austria. Italy has poor roads and I found that they had often resurfaced the fast lane but not the slow lane that we were using so we swapped to toll roads until we got beyond Rome where the roads got better. Sicily was in places good but more often not so good. Malta is the same. France is like Germany very good.

    The cheapest petrol is in Malta and the most expensive was near the French border in Italy. At any tourist resort it cost more than inland.

    People wave and beep at our car everywhere with Italy doing it most then Germany and Austria then France and England.

    Nothing that has happened during this trip would have me saying never again however I feel I have learned quite a lot and will know what to expect next time.
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  • Day34

    Now in champagne country

    June 13, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Evidently it's not a good year so far for the grapes...too hot and a frost earlier in the year probably means don't rush out to buy 2017 vintage Chalons en Champagne is a good stop though.. Staying at the hotel l'angletttere (well someone has to !) Lovely old church and some characteristic timber houses.Read more

  • Day9

    Champagne route

    August 4, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Wineyards everywhere! We were amazed as how much wineyards there are in the valley. And all of the grapes are in the Champagne. Some of what we saw even in those really expensive ones. Let the pictures do the talking.Read more

  • Day4

    France, Chalon-en-champagne

    July 10, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    God lives in France. Here, to be precise...

    If you need an Hotel - go to the Le Renard. Only 3 stars, but better than some 4 star hotels I´ve seen so far!

  • Day3

    Châlons-en-Champagne

    September 9, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Um 7 hieß es wieder aufstehen und Sachen packen. In der Übernachtung war sogar ein kleines Frühstück inbegriffen, das mir genug Energie gab, um mich auf den langen Marsch zum 30 Kilometer entfernten Châlons-en-Champagne zu machen.

    Das erste Stückchen war wieder sehr idyllisch und führte durch das Dorf "Villers-Marmery" und ein paar Kilometer Weinberge.

    Bald darauf hatten Google Maps und ich eine kleine Auseinandersetzung, was ein "Weg" ist und was nicht (siehe Bild 3+4). Ich entschied mich, auf Google Maps zu hören und gelangte nach ein einem kurzen Stückchen durchs Feld und den Wald wieder auf einen gescheiten Weg.

    Google Maps hatte heute für mich generell nicht viel übrig, denn nach den ersten Kilometern fand ich mich am Rand der Bundesstraße wieder, der ich für die nächsten 22 Kilometer folgen sollte (Bild 5). Eine nicht sehr motivierende, aber zugebener Weise effiziente Route.

    Pünktlich um 12 machte ich auf halbem Wege im Örtchen "Les Grandes Loges" eine Mittagspause. Zum Essen gabs zwei Riegel und eine Packung Nüsse. Das Lufttrocknen meiner frischgewaschenen Socken an meinem Rucksack hat auch sehr gut funktioniert, auch wenn ich zu Beginn Zweifel hatte.

    Das Örtchen "La Veuve" war, ebenso wie "Les Grandes Loges" komplett leergefegt und ich bekam insgesamt nur 2 Personen zu Gesicht, einen Mann, der einer älteren Frau einen Tisch abkaufte und laut mit ihr um den angemessenen Preis diskutierte.

    Die letzten 8 Kilometer waren die bisher schwersten der Reise. Meine Beine, meine Füße und mein Nacken taten weh und langsam ging mir das Wasser aus. Ich machte mehrmals Pausen und brauchte über 2 Stunden für dieses Stück. Heute Nacht (im Prèmiere Classe Hotel Châlons-en-Champagne) werde ich seeeehr gut schlafen.

    Nach einem kurzen Nickerchen ging's abends in die Stadt, um den Heißhunger nach Döner zu stillen. Das "Nachtleben" von Châlons-eC war, wie für eine 45.000 Einwohner Stadt zu erwarten, überschaubar, aber schön war der Heimweg im Dunkeln trotzdem.
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  • Day4

    Saint-Germain-la-Ville

    September 10, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heute lasse ich es etwas ruhiger angehen und pilgere in das 13 km entfernte Saint-Germain-la-Ville. Weil der Weg nur etwa 3 Stunden dauert, schlafe ich aus, frühstücke in Ruhe und begebe mich erst um 10 Uhr auf Wanderschaft.

    Ich komme durch die Innenstadt von Châlons-en-Champagne und statte der Kathedrale einen Besuch ab. Auch wenn es immer beeindruckende Gebäude und architektonische Meisterleistungen sind, war und bin ich kein großer Fan von Kirchen. Im Inneren faszinieren mich damit eigentlich nur die schönen bunten Fenster, die riesige Orgel und die mit Playmobil nachgestellte Kreuzigung und Auferstehung Jesu.

    Im Touristenbüro hole ich mir einen weiteren Stempel für meinen "Crèdential de pèlerin" ab und begebe mich dann auf die offizielle Route der Via Francigena. Diese führt mich entlang der Marne aus der Stadt und hinein in den Wald.

    Dort mache ich um kurz vor 1 Mittagspause an einem kleinen Steg, der wie dafür geschaffen ist. Zu essen gibt es einen Fertigsalat von Lidl, den ich mit einer Dose Thunfisch aufpeppe.

    Von hier aus versuche ich dem Weg allein anhand der kleinen Wegweiser der Via Francigena zu folgen (Bild 6), was eigentlich auch ganz gut gelingt.

    Auf halber Strecke lichtet sich der Wald und ich finde mich auf einer sonnigen Lichtung an einer Flußgabelung wieder. Das Ufer hier besteht aus einer circa zwei Meter hohen Kante aus Sandstein, die geradezu zum Springen einlädt. An einer Stelle gibt es so etwas wie eine Zwischenstufe, die nur etwa 40 cm aus dem Wasser ragt, hier könnte ich also hochkommen.

    Ich entscheide mich, es zu wagen und ziehe mich vollständig aus. Der einzige, der mich sieht, ist ein Fischer, der auf seinem Boot 50 Meter flußabwärts treibt. Der stört mich nicht, entscheide ich, und springe.
    Das Wasser ist kalt und sehr sauber, perfekt eigentlich. Es war definitiv die richtige Entscheidung. Ich schwimme für ein paar Minuten gegen den Strom, um ansatzweise so etwas wie Muskeltraining zu betreiben und entscheide mich dann rauszuklettern.
    Ich habe die Höhe unterschätzt. Ich verbringe einige Momente damit, die ideale Stelle zu finden, und gebe alles, was ich hab um hochzukommen. Hochstemmen, Oberkörper ablegen, ein Bein hoch, dann das andere. Der Fischer, der geahnt hatte, dass es schwierig werden könnte, beobachtet währenddessen wie ich mich splitternackt abmühe, ans Trockene zu kommen. Der Anblick muss herrlich gewesen sein.

    Nach dem die Sonne mich getrocknet hat, geht's wieder weiter. Der Rest der Etappe verläuft, bis auf ein auf dem Weg geparktes Auto, ziemlich unspektakulär und ich komme um 16:30 Uhr in Saint-Germain-la-Ville an. Meine Unterkunft ist zwar mit 40 Euro die Nacht etwas teurer, dafür bietet mir die Besitzerin aber bei der Ankunft ein Bier aus der Region an, was mir zu diesem Moment allein die 40 Euro wert ist.
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  • Day21

    Tag 19/20

    July 26, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute sollte es mit dem Fernbus nach Hause gehen , aber es gab einen schweren Unfall mit dem Bus und es zieht sich noch etwas.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement de Châlons-en-Champagne, Arrondissement de Chalons-en-Champagne