We stumbled onto the charming town of Troyes on our way from Belgium to the South of France, purely as a handy in-between spot to stay the night. Little did we realise just how beautiful this town in the Champagne region would prove to be! It was blisteringly hot and rather than sit and sweat inside our Airbnb accommodation we took an evening stroll around the town during the gorgeous golden hour of sunset.
Troyes is full of gorgeous half-timbered houses, stunning churches and Gothic cathedrals, canals and remnants of its medieval past. The cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul (below) is a national monument of France and has been a religious site since at least the 4th century.
Troyes also features lovely modern sights such as the huge fountains pictured below. In the background of the first photo you can see the tower of Troyes Cathedral. We were staying only two streets away from it!
As it was so hot there were a lot of people sitting by the canals, and in the case of many small children, even playing and swimming in them! It seemed to be quite the done thing as we saw lots of mothers sitting and chatting together as packs of children frolicked and splashed amongst the small canals. I even sat with my feet in one for a while, and it was absolutely lovely in the hot weather.
As well as the Troyes Cathedral there is also a Basilica, the Basilica of St. Urbain which is an absolute Gothic delight! The windows looked almost black in the daylight and I loved its red doors and all the gargoyles on the buttresses. Building of this church began in the 13th century.
We had a lovely time wandering among the main shopping and restaurant area as the sun went down. There’s nothing I love more than seeing gorgeous old buildings being used as modern shops and restaurants. The contrast just always amuses me, especially if the building is completely crooked like quite a few of them were!
Have you ever stayed somewhere out of convenience and accidentally discovered a hidden gem? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to pin this for later in case you ever visit Troyes!