The town centre, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Troyes, a heart in the Champagne region

In Europe, Far, France, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types by Janis0 Comments

More than just bubbles

Troyes is such a lovely picturesque town to visit and only about 3 ½ hours from Calais by car (246 miles/396 km).

We spent a couple of days here on our Champagne road trip in June 2016.

This wasn’t our first visit to Troyes, we had been here twice previously.

We found Troyes is a convenient point in France to stopover on the way to the Cote d’Azur, a wonderful town, steeped in history.

Along the cobbled lanes

As soon as you enter the old town and walk amongst the wonderful half-timbered buildings, you feel like you have been transported back in time.

The town centre, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

The Majority of these preserved houses have survived since 16th century. Despite the great fire in 1524 destroying much of the medieval city.

Cobbled lanes, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France
The lanes at night, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, Franceance

Alley cats

A little alley not to miss while strolling these well-trodden streets, is the Ruelle des Chats (Alley of the Cats) you can see that the top of these buildings almost touch.

Ruelle des Chats, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

This goldsmith’s residence was so short on space that they added a turret to their premises, which housed their staircase.

The Goldsmith's residence, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Narrowly avoiding disaster

The lovely Gothic Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul has been beset with natural disasters (tornado, hurricane and lightening), ever since the present day cathedral was first started to be built in early 13th century.

Work continued on this cathedral until the 17th century, but as the second tower of St Paul was never built in essence the cathedral was never completed.

The Cathedral, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

What you notice in particular about this Roman Catholic Cathedral are the stunning stained glass windows that envelope the nave.

The nave of the Cathedral, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France
Stained glass windows in the Cathedral, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Ambling along the quay

Troyes is on the Seine river and there is a wonderful quayside that runs along the Canal du Trevois. It is lovely place to sit and watch the world go by or admire the fountains and some of the eye catching sculptures.

The quay at night, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France
La dame au chapeau, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France
La jeune fille qui donne un baiser, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Le Coeur de Troyes

By day Le Coeur de Troyes will make you smile at its subtle glistening presence and by night your own heart will skip a beat, when it gently pulses into life.

Night market

Hopefully you are lucky enough to be in Troyes when a quayside night market is taking place.

There were some wonderful food stalls, local crafts, music and salsa dancing.

Chimney cakes, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

As it was a lovely June evening with plenty of families and friends out enjoying themselves.

The DJ, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, FranceLooking back along the quay, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Place de la Liberation is another pleasant place to sit, relax and admire the many fountains.

The Place de la Libération at night, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Food, glorious food

Well I say glorious; it is certainly an acquired taste – Andouillette de Troyes (local sausage) is not for the faint hearted.

I have to admit I didn’t try it, but Gary did.

He said the worst thing about it was the awful smell, it still makes him queasy if it is mentioned today.

An Andouillette de Troyes, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

I went for the safe option, poussin.

Poussin, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France
Bar-Brasserie - L'Illustre, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

We did manage to sneak in a fromage and charcuterie platter.

Simple but fine food, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

Maison M

Our accommodation whilst in Troyes was Maison M. A delightful 19th century guesthouse situated along the quayside, so just a short stroll to the centre of town.

Maison M, Troyes, Champagne, Grand Est, France

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Visited Troyes? Did you try the Andouillette de Troyes? or – thoughts? Either way, you have to love the city – what’s your highlight?

About the Author

Janis

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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Troyes, a heart in the Champagne region was last modified: August 5th, 2017 by Janis