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... that the standard measuring unit for gold, the "troy weight", evolved here.
While not obvious when on foot, the old town is shaped like a champagne cork, its borders being marked by canals, La Sceine, with boulevards and gardens now replacing the medieval ditches and fortifications.
The old town reflects the structures of the 16th C, with half-timbered houses shoulder to shoulder along ...
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 ...
... almost glad to be back in the car for another 2 hours driving!
The scenery became notably flatter with harvest fields as we approached the Champagne region. At one point we both spotted our first ever twister! OK so there weren’t cows or cars flying around but we could see the dust from the harvest being sucked up into god knows where – very cool and a first for us ...
A 5:30 wake up call (two days in a row now) got us up in time to catch the 7:35 ferry to Calais. A full P&O English breakfast was well deserved. The long autoroute journey began. A longish drive got us to Reims before the kids could really work up into full 'are we there yet' mode! There we had a very interesting and tasty tour of the Taittinger ...
... I have a bit of a cold !!!
Turning now to today's walk, I covered 29kms/18miles in just less than 8 hours. The day began cool and misty but got hot again from the late morning onwards. I arrived in Bar -sur-Aube without accommodation and unfortunately the Parish option of a 5 euro bed for the night was denied me; either because it was too short notice, or because it had already been allocated to someone else. In all honesty, I ...