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Published: August 4th 2017
The Seine River near our apartment.
Last night we had a few adventures before bedtime. We hope it is not a sign of what could happen during the rest of our stay. We decided to have a light meal in the city. For the first time on this trip we decided on a McDonald’s meal. Horrors you might say. By the end of the evening we wished we had chosen somewhere different. It started with a visit to a car park. The machine wouldn’t give us a ticket. We then realized it was free on Sunday nights. We purchased our meal and enjoyed the peaceful upstairs surroundings. The drinks were too much for us. Unbeknown to one team member the couch seat he was sitting on wasn’t as long as he thought. A delicate slide to the right with cup in hand had him sailing through the air and landing forcefully on the floor. And the cup – it flew through the air as well. The staff will earn their keep tonight. And the bottom. Ouch! Back at the car park we attempted to leave but we didn’t have a ticket to trigger the barrier. We are stuck until Monday morning. We followed other members of the
The cathedral. Note the missing tower.
public and realized we had to talk to a machine to get a ticket. Oh the fun of our first night in Troyes.
We got back to the apartment safely and today we are ready for sightseeing. The weather forecast is not good. There is a threat of thunderstorms later in the day. So we take the opportunity of a short walk to the nearby cathedral.
To get to the cathedral we cross a branch of the Seine River and walk along a narrow street. Lining the street are 17th century timbered houses. We wonder what the interiors or like. Are they original or quite modern? It is hard to tell from the outside. The outer walls lean at the most precarious angles. Each storey is bigger than the one below. Perhaps the owners are taxed on the size of the building’s footprint. Some newer buildings are constructed in a similar style with modern materials.
The Cathedral St-Pierre-et-St-Paul has been here since the 13th century. It was here that Joan of Arc and Charles VII attended Mass before he was crowned king of France in Rheims after the victory over the English. The cathedral has suffered over
Inside the cathedral
time, mainly from fire caused by lightning. It has only recently undergone some restoration. One aspect that stands out is there is only one tower, the other was never built. Nearby are museums and art galleries.
On our way back to the apartment we stop off at a new supermarket with a delightful boulangerie for some lunchtime treats. It hasn’t started to rain yet. A chance for more adventures. We discover there is an outlet centre on the edge of the city. Why not have a look. We make our way to McArthur Glen where we find dozens and dozens of named outlet shops. Mention a famous French brand name and it is there. The place is humming with people spending up before they go on holiday. Perhaps they have come to Troyes on holiday just to buy clothes. We believe people from Paris come for the day to buy. We leave with one item. A very nice number that will not look out of place in Paris or Alexandra.
Back at the apartment we get a feel rain is not far away. After last night’s escapade we decide on a meal in the room. The plan for
The rose window
tomorrow is to hunt for a laundromat and then explore the old part of the town. Rain is forecast for the morning with clearing skies in the afternoon. Perfect.
As the lights are turned off the rain begins to fall and lightning and thunder is everywhere over the city. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.
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