Having gone down 8 locks, we reached the village of Condé sur Marne, where the original towing train was by the last lock.
The covered market can be seen in the centre of Condé sur Marne and gives the village real character.
On Saturday we moved on to Châlons-en-Champagne, which is a lovely town, with two cathedrals. We visited St. Étienne Cathedral first.
The stained glass windows are most impressive, using this green colour which, we were told, is special to this cathedral.
We saw several timbered houses in the town.
Next it was on to the second cathedral, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux.
Both cathedrals were quite light inside, due to all the glass, which has been used wherever possible, either as stained glass, or as plain leaded windows.
On Sunday we sailed as far as Soulanges, where the village church was quite a contrast to the cathedrals. All these village churches are locked, which is a shame.
We continued on through Vitry-le-François, which is a centre for the restoration of old barges. This one is just having new portholes cut, so has a long way to go.
Just past Vitry we joined the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne. The banks of the canal are lined with many different varieties of trees, and remind us of being in an arbotetum. No labels to identify them all though!