Food, Travel

A Day in Provins

February 6, 2014

Not Provence, although I’d love to spend a day there. Actually, a lot more than a day. But Provins is a medieval town about an hour from Paris, complete with still-standing city walls and forts.

Provins, France

Provins, France

Provins, France

Provins, France

Provins wall

Provins wall

Provins Gate

Provins Gate

Provins through the wall

Provins through the wall

Provins Fortress

Provins Fortress

 

The ancient part of the city is in the upper section, accessible via a long walk up an inclined street or by bus from the train station. As I didn’t realize there was a bus, I, of course, took the long walk. Most of the attractions can be done rather quickly, so a day trip is all you need. I was kinda bored by the museum. There was no English and no guide so I got through it pretty quickly. But the house itself dates back to the 12th century.

Provins Museum

Provins Museum

Much more interesting was the Tithe Barn, which was used as a typical covered market in the 13th century. It’s small (and has some tricky steps) but it gives you a taste of how various merchants plied their wares. To make it easier, you are given an audio guide upon entry.

Tithe Barn

Tithe Barn

Tithe Barn "merchant"

Tithe Barn “merchant”

Of course, what’s a French town without it’s imposing cathedral:

The Saint-Quiriace Collegiate church

The Saint-Quiriace Collegiate church

The Saint-Quiriace Collegiate church

The Saint-Quiriace Collegiate church

And I happened to be there for the annual Gastronomy Fair, which was free to enter. Here, there was all kinds of gourmet foods, from cheeses to artisan chocolates, to beers (Brooklyn Beer!), to gluten-free macarons. Lots of great tastes. And, yes, the gluten-free macarons were pretty good.

Gastronomie Fair

Gastronomie Fair

Provins Train Station

Provins Train Station

 

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