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... this was the site of an important trading city, traces of an aquaduct now the only tangible evidence. Throughout the middle ages it retained its importance as a trading hub, being on, among others, the route between Italy and Flanders. Craftsmen and merchants from all over Europe flocked to the town now known as Troyes for its bi-annual 3 month long trading fairs. The use of coins and credit facilitated more ...
We left the Aire at Marcoing on a bright clear morning and stopped at the top of the hill for a quick look at the War cemetery. We carried on , on the D644 towards Soissons. This took us right through the middle of St Quentin, which had a distinct lack of road signs - we just held our nerve and kept going straight ...
... after some frantic fiddling I enabled another map stored on the GPS and it started to work again. If Ian gets around to reading this when we are all home I hope it will bring a smile to his face!
I have shied away from mentioning the weather in case I give it the kiss of death but,just in case you haven't guessed from our pictures, we have been very lucky with the weather. I hope it holds for the rest of the trip.
Woken up by loud hooting, turned out to be the travelling bread van on a Sunday morning!
Not a lot in Vouecourt, a fountain house and a very old church.
Our Next stop was Langres, it is a fortified hill town. Walk part of the walls.
We went through the longest tunnel on our journey, 4.8km through the canal summit between the Marne and the Saone rivers.
Very rural journey for three days ...
... saw signs for Lyon which we naturally had to pass through as the highway then fed into one creating a horrid traffic jam. We did debate stopping here to visit the 3 Michelin Star chef we met in Venice but not being dressed for such an occasion and the fact the restaurant probably wasn't even open yet, we decided instead to sit in the jam and have a good old British moan!