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Apr 4, 2007 - Provins

Provins is beautiful! People are friendly and helpful, and keep apologizing for not speaking English well. Our few words of French have been enough here, in a tourist centre, so this was a good place to start our trip. The 'Tithe Barn' has an excellent exhibit detailing the history of the 'fairs' in Provins in the 12th and 13th century, when the town boomed because the Counts of Champagne protected and encouraged a yearly 'fair' - a wholesale market that drew merchants and traders from Italy, Flanders, and all over Europe. Their boom didn't...

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