Châlons-en-Champagne, Champagne-Ardenne, France

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Châlons-en-Champagne is right in the heart of the rolling hills of the Champagne region of France and is ideal as a base for touring the area.

On our 2016 Champagne road-trip we chose 3 destinations for our week-long tour, Troyes, Châlons-en-Champagne and Reims.

Taking in the Champagne Trails along the way.

Châlons-en-Champagne was previously known as Châlons-sur-Marne and formerly changed its name in 1998.

It is also the capital of the French department of Marne.

A Moet vineyard in the Champagne region, France

Saint Etienne

Cathédrale Saint Etienne, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Although we spent a day out and about immersing ourselves in the lush vineyards and touring through the small surrounding villages. We also found time to discover Châlons-en-Champagne the city.

Monument to the fallen outside Saint Etienne Cathedral, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Sitting proud in the city is the lovely Saint Etienne Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III.

Inside Saint Etienne Cathedral, Châlons-en-Champagne, France
The organ in Saint Etienne Cathedral, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Mostly rebuilt in the Gothic style, but Romanesque sections can still be seen.

Along with 13th century stained glass windows.

A stained glass window in Saint Etienne Cathedral, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Waterways

Châlons-en-Champagne sits on the banks of River Marne.

The Marne canal, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Running parallel to it is the Canal latéral à la Marne.

A lock on the Marne canal, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

You can sit and watch canal boats cruising by and maneuvering their way through the locks.

Waiting on the Marne canal, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Branching off and weaving its way through the town is the Canal Saint-Martin.

Canal Saint-Martin, Châlons-en-Champagne, France
Canal Saint-Martin at night, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Notre Dame

On the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin sits the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux.

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

This collegiate church was built between 1157 and 1217.

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux at night, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Today it is a blend of Gothic and Romanesque style architecture and contains stained glass windows dating back to 16th century.

The beautiful Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Also, housed in this church is the tombstone of Jean Talon, the first intendant of New France in 1695.

A statute dedicated to him stands in front of the church.

Statue of Jean Talon, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

My fascination

For those who know me, realise by now that I have a bit of a fascination with cemeteries.

I struggle to walk past one without wandering in and soaking up the local history. I know, I know a bit weird….

Ornate headstone in the Cimetière de l'Ouest, Châlons-en-Champagne, France
The tomb of Alexander Brzostowski, Count of Prussia in the Cimetière de l'Ouest, Châlons-en-Champagne, France
Interesting headstone in the Cimetière de l'Ouest, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

I even came across Renoir’s last resting ground in Essoyes on this very trip.

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

As always, no town or village in France is complete without a Hotel de Ville

Lions outside the Hotel de Ville, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Where we stayed

Our accommodation for the 2 nights in Châlons-en-Champagne was in Hotel L’Angleterre, located very central and easy walking distance of the town. Additionally, it had on-site parking at no extra cost.

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Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Châlons-en-Champagne, Champagne-Ardenne, France was last modified: August 5th, 2017 by Janis