Stay at the NEW chambre d’hôte Le Jardin de la Cathédrale. This B&B has a marvellous position for exploring Troyes and exceptional hospitality from owner Laetitia.
Troyes is famous as the cradle of the Knights Templar in the 12th century as Hugues de Payns, from a nearby village, went to the Crusades and founded the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ. The Order was ratified in Troyes in 1128 under the leadership of Bernard de Clairvaux.
The connection with England is that of Henry V who was victorious over the French at Agincourt. The Treaty of Troyes was signed in 1420. Henry married Catherine de Valois here in St.John’s Church and his son became the successor to the throne. The son of Charles VI, Catherine’s father, also claimed the throne on the death of Henry and thanks to the intervention of Joan of Arc was crowned King of France in 1429.
The Lady in the Hat – is looking at the only planted rose in the town and is a sculpture dedicated to the commitment and external bonds of the town. It is by Hungarian sculptor Andras Lapis.
The Beating Heart of Troyes – shaped like a champagne cork Troyes has a magnificent modern sculpture exactly where the two parts of the cork meet. It is made of lattice work and the heart, surrounded by dancing waters, glows red – it is enchanting.
Museum of Craft Tools and Work Reflection – is in a house that once belonged to Jean Mauroy, a tax inspector that bequeathed his mansion as an orphanage in 1542. The children started making hosiery in 1746 when the first power looms were installed, Troyes is in fact the home of French hosiery. Textiles are still important to the town today and the house exhibits over 10,000 objects from the traditional trades.
erine’s father, also claimed the throne on the death of Henry and thanks to the intervention of Joan of Arc was crowned King of France in 1429.
Museum of Modern Art is housed in a former Bishop’s Palace next to the cathedral and has works dating from the 19th century through to the 1960’s. It has the largest collection of works by Derain, de la Fresnaye and Marinot, one of the greatest French glass workers born here in Troyes. Reopens at the end of 2019 after refurbishment.
The Apothecary Museum is housed in the old 12th century Hotel – Dieu building and is a showcase of an 18th century Apothecary preserved in its original state and listed as a historic monument. There are rare pillboxes, 300 painted medicine boxes and blue and white apothecary jars. Also reopens at the end of 2019 after refurbishment.
The Troyes Pass – a booklet of vouchers that gives entry to a number of different museums, free champagne and chocolate tastings, bike hire, reductions in the fashion outlets and so on.
Troyes Tour – is a free app in English that also has a lot of information on the history of the town as well as accommodation, shopping and entertainment. Audio – free guided visits are also available for various tours suitable for both adults and children.
Doggie pack– free from the tourist office for anyone arriving with their pet highlighting places to stay, doggy – friendly restaurants, doggie walks, a poop scoop and water bowl… TouTourisme (toutou = doggie in French)
Caffet Chocolatier – award winning Pascal Caffet was the youngest ever Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier, now with boutiques as far Japan, he now has three shops in his home town of Troyes.
Lentils of Champagne come from the surroundings of Troyes and have a unique mild sweet taste cultivated by about 20 producers.
Chez Philippe Bulles et Douceurs – opened in 2015 by champagne producer Philippe Ulryck. His bar and boutique showcases the ten wine producers of the village of Celles-sur-Ource.
Prunelle de Troyes – is a liqueur that has been distilled here in the St Pierre Cellar next to the Cathedral since 1840. It won the gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1900. It is made from plum stones and is relatively strong at 40%.
Chaource – is a soft cow’s milk cheese dating from the C14 and awarded an AOC in 1970. Often the fine rind is removed and it is used as a cream cheese. It is also excellent in fondue.
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Notes to Editors:
This area in the Grand-Est region of France offers two contrasting destinations – Champagne and the Ardenne.
Champagne is as varied and refined as the famous wine it produces. A land of fact and fables, of kings and counts, of Cistercians and crusaders, of monasteries and masterpieces, artists and philosophers – the history and heritage of Champagne is embedded in that of France and is linked to the present by its recognition as a UNESCO world heritage listing.
To the north-east of Champagne, the Ardenne is a natural and historic region named after the hilly plateau, the ‘Ardenne Massif’ that encompasses parts of Belgium to the north and Luxembourg to the east. Renowned for the natural beauty of its landscapes, such as the valleys of the Meuse and Semoy rivers, thick forests and rocky peaks, the Ardenne is an ideal destination for lovers of the outdoors, nature and activities such as hiking and cycling.