After Pont du Mousson we headed west and parked in an aire at Port Chantecoq, next to a wild flower meadow. Over the dam in the background is the huge man-made Lake called Lac du Der. The lake is in the Champagne region, close to St Dizier. We are driving across northern France en route to Calais.
There is much wildlife here. The lake is famous for the cranes which stop-over here during their migrations.
The valley was flooded in order to control the level of water in the Marne, and protect Paris from flooding. The aire sits just next to the dam that was created to flood the valley…hopefully it was well built.
On the first day we cycled round the lake. It is a good ride, mainly level and with a mixture of lakeside and forest stretches.
There are plenty of refuelling points. We stopped here for a bit to eat. Nia had a Goat’s cheese and bacon galette, I had smoked salmon and cream cheese in mine. Yummy.
There is much to see on the way round the lake.
We met up with Joy and Alan, a couple we had met earlier on the trip in Germany, at Port Chantecoq. Alan is a master chef….here he is cooking up a pork casserole on the barbecue.
We took the canoes out on the lake.
The next day we took it a bit easier and cycled the 4 miles or so round the lake to Port Nautique, a water sports centre with a few cafes and restaurants dotted about, and a helpful Office de Tourisme with free wifi.
We played boules on the aire that evening. The girls won both matches…not sure why..they must have been cheating somehow.
Here’s me double checking a dubious decision in their favour.
After a relaxing few days on the lakeside we are moving on now, heading west to our appointment with eurotunnel on Sunday.