Saturday, 13 August 2011
Provins - A Walled Town
Well after the brief interlude of all this weeks excitement, I thought I'd get back to the recent trip to France!
The evening after spending the day with the cats we went back to the camp site and had a relaxing evening on the patio. We had a pleasant meal in the outdoor air. Well the food was pleasant, the visitors that we had were less so! I have always had a thing against wasps, they freak me out and I constantly panic at the thought of getting stung.
The next day we visited a small town called Provins, situated about 50km's from the camp site where we were staying. It is a small, medieval, walled town that has the distinction of not growing outside of it's original walls. Well barely growing out of it anyway - if you take a look at Google earth you can see that it's starting to grow.
We arrived and started with a gentle stroll to the town gate (taking copious amounts of photos of course) taking in the centuries old Ramparts and towers timber framed buildings. It is really amazing that this is a working, living town still and yet as you walk up the street from the visitors centre to the town gate it is still a castle wall surrounded by countryside.
We found the town square and picked which of the crepe houses we wanted to eat at. I had never realised that there was so much choice! Brittany, Normandy and other styles were available there. I'm ashamed to say that I have forgotten what style we chose, but it was very nice! Crepe with egg and ham inside it. It was delicious!
After lunch we took a walk around the church, and a tour of the keep later (complete with a couple of vertigo dizzy spells when at the top).
To finish off the day we decided to do the 'train' tour. It's a small van converted to look like a train with several carriages hanging off of it. Very cliché I know, but it meant that we could sit down and see what we had missed; and get some information on the buildings that we had seen during the day. There were some more great views to be seen from the roads outside of the town that we would never have gotten by foot - but it was probably the most uncomfortable ride of the week (including the Disney roller coasters) as the suspension of the trailers behind the engine unit seemed to be from the same period as the town!
Here are my photos taken in and around the town: