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Oct 7, 2018 - Troyes

The closer we got to our overnighter at Saint-Andre-les-Vergers near Troyes the more vineyards there were. Although quite a large town Troyes had a great atmosphere along the Seine and especially within its medieval centre. An incredible number of 15th and 16th C wattle and daub buildings remain intact in defiance of their age while many others are undergoing restoration. It was the capital of Champagne prior to the French Revolution and dates back to the Roman era.

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Oct 3, 2018 - From cathedral to forest

We have a full day ahead to further enjoy the delights of Troyes. Our hotel provides breakfast, so we enjoyed a continental selection of croissants, yoghurt, boiled eggs and cereals. We met one of our hosts, Géraldine, and we chatted in a mixture of French and English, discussing the merits of food in the Aube region. We walked into town to get an inside look at the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul. The first thing that hits you when you walk in is the absolutely enormous columns holding up the vaulted ceiling 30 m above. They seem to be...

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Oct 2, 2018 - The cat and the rabbit

We were to bid farewell to Épernay today. After breakfast in our lovely apartment, we packed up the Fiat 500 and headed into the town to explore it a bit more. We found a place to park next to St Peter and St Paul’s Church, which was a pretty standard as churches go in France. However, there was an organist practising up above, which was a nice surprise, and he serenaded us with La Traviata as we left. We walked around the town a bit but it was pretty quiet, so after a cuppa at Le Progrès brasserie (same as our first night), we hit the road...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Day 12 - Troyes

We were off again at 0830hrs with plans to stay off the major roadways and to grab a bite for breakfast on the way. Clearing Dijon was not difficult despite traffic building. Our first stop after making a wrong turn was at Sombernon at a local Boulanger where we had pastries and a coffee. The girl serving was very sweet, friendly and helpful; a pleasant encounter. On our path to Chateau de Chateauneuf we stopped briefly, thinking we had reached the Chateau to find we were at the Chateau de Commarin. We stopped and enquired about entry and...

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May 26, 2016 - Troyes

We headed into the nearby town of Troyes. We many French towns we are usually disappointed with however this was an exception. It was a lovely town to wander around with many leaning half-timbered houses with cobbled streets, numerous impressive churches and lovely squares. The Cathedral of St Pierre and St Paul was an impressive Gothic cathedral with some wonderful stained glass windows. We also visited the Apothecaries a richly decorated 16th century pharmacy which had been part of the old hospital. It had rows of painted wooden...

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May 24, 2016 - Move to Lac l'Orient

Today we left the Somme and drove south and east to Lac l’Orient near Troyes. Arrived safely at the campground. Surprised by our size despite sending them e-mail with details and photo. However, no problem as they had various options for us. They were very busy which surprised us, mainly Brits and Netherlanders. They had a lot of sites out of action due to the ground being very wet and boggy. They had most of their hardstanding pitches occupied and units on the campground roads. We decided to park at the end of a road with an open aspect...

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