Troyes (Where?) and Home

Monday, July 16th

I stuck a pin in the map of France and it took us to Troyes, SE of Paris.  I have to confess that I don’t even remember even saying the name troyes, never mind actually going there.  It was a very nice surprise for us.

We went to the Troyes Municipal site, on the edge of town.  It’s actually nicer than some private sites we’ve used in the past but it’s clear that most people (mostly Dutch, Belgians and Germans) were using at a transit camp, en-route to somewhere South, or heading home.

Now I’ve seen Troyes city centre I’d definitely go back for another 2 nights.  The centre is quite amazing. There are so many Medieval houses and buildings, in unbroken terraces, that you could film medieval dramas here with little more than moving the parked cars.  It looks untouched for centuries in parts, very pretty.

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The start of medieval Troyes

As we walked into town (25 minutes) it felt like a ghost-town and we assumed it was a quiet monday evening.  However, just two streets away from the big indoor market (Halles), next to the church of St Jean au marchĂ©, was a very lively restaurant and shopping area. 

Troyes, centre-ville. Lots to see, drink and eat.

I’d say it had the look of Honfleur in places, but with a modern shopping district as well.

Just one of about 4 hugely impressive churches/Cathedrals within a few hundred metres of each other in Troyes. Perhaps the locals refused to walk more than 100 metres to church.

I’m sure many people reading this will know Troyes quite well but for us, usually heading south from Cherbourg, we’ve rarely explored the eastern parts of France.    We won’t drive by without stopping in future.

The superb indoor market (Halles) . A huge array of delicious looking produce. The SAturday market must be amazing.

On tuesday we took the bus into town from near the campsite as it’s no real fun walking any distance in >30degC heat, especially walking back after a big lunch.

Troyes backstreets

So that pretty much brought our latest French trip to an end.  Just the matter of getting to Calais Eurotunnel on Wednesday and then heading home.

St Pantaleon church

Wednesday, July 18.

We were packed and ready to go on Wednesday morning.  We drove the 4 hours to Eurotunnel thinking we may get an earlier slot than the 17:20 one I’d booked.  We were offered on at 16:16 (which got delayed to 16:50) so that meant getting to Folkestone and the dreaded M25 at rush-hour.

Humberto, looking dwarfed at Eurotunnel

We decided that, instead of fighting our way back home at rush-hour, we’d use a favourite Pub stopover near Ashford (unless you’ve actually experienced the M25 near Gatwick airport at 6pm you’ve never really experienced a traffic jam).

We got to the pub at around 5pm, parked up in their field and headed inside.  As luck would have it it was their “Steak Night” !!!  I know French cuisine is mostly superb but, after 3 weeks away, you just can’t beat Rump Steak, chips and a pint….which is what I had…and I didn’t stop at a pint.

oooh look….a Pub
I can see my bed from here!!!

Thursday, July 19.

Up at 6am, on the road at 6:30am, and we still managed to hit miles of slow-moving traffic on the M25.  I truly can’t believe that people’s lives involved driving for hours, at walking pace, every single working day.  The money may be good around London but really, no amount of money would tempt me to do that.

Anyway…luckily I only get to do it on my way home after a nice holiday.  We were home before lunch and that concluded france 2018 !!!

It already feels like an age ago. 

If you enjoy the Blogs then please drop me a comment.  I’ll keep doing them anyway because it’s difficult to remember exactly where we went and what we did.  They are as much an aide-memoir for us as reading material for anyone else.

OK.  I have some short videos to edit together and then the admin is done.


8 thoughts on “Troyes (Where?) and Home

  1. John says:

    Interesting shot of the St Pantaleon Church – is that a near fisheye lens used for that? Great detail in that pic.

    1. Humberto says:

      Hi John. It’s actually shot using my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (I never cease to be amazed by it).

      I used Panorama mode and did a vertical sweep, from floor to ceiling. I really wasn’t expecting it to produce a result quite that good.

      It’s had lots of comments and I really should have lied and said it was all about my years of experience as an amateur photographer and a specialist lens…..but it really was very quick and easy.


  2. Tracey says:

    Lovely post. please keep them coming as i do enjoy reading and make note of the places you visit. I too keep a blog for the very same reason, as it is so hard to remember where we have been.

    1. Humberto says:

      Hi Garry. Lots of things going on right now, including selling our house, buying a rental flat (or bolt-hole for us) and, most importantly, seeing if I can take a voluntary-redundancy package.

      If I can get a decent redundancy then that sets us up for a few more holidays this year but mainly a long tour next year. I have tentatively penciled-in the Lofoten Islands in Norway for my birthday in late May.

      ….of yes, and a weekend away this week for Angeline’s birthday (romantic pub car park)

  3. Garry says:

    Hi Lee, what a change going forward ! Hope all goes well for the both of you and your plans become realities. As for treating Angeline to a pub car park holiday…….. you old smoothly you !

  4. Fran says:

    Enjoyed reading all about your travels and will look forward to future posts. Feel very tempted by a motor home now! The Lofoten islands sound very interesting and it’s inspiring to read about the freedom a motor home provides for traveling so thank you 😊

    1. Humberto says:

      “The freedom a motorhome provides for travelling”

      I think you summed it up perfectly Fran. It’s the ability to ‘change the view’ if you get bored or it wasn’t what you thought.
      If you do what we’ve done recently, go away after work on a Friday (pub stop) then head to a nice campsite on Saturday, somewhere else on Sunday …then an early start to get back home on Monday morning before work.. a weekend feels like you’ve been away for a week or more.

      The beauty of them is (more so than a tent or caravan) is that everything is on board, ready to go. Water, gas, clothes..etc. Put the handbrake on, turn off the engine..and you’re on holiday.

      Let us know if you get one.


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