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Sculptures and churches, a disappearing canal and a yet to be found Knights Templar hall. The Order of the Knights Templar was recognised and confirmed in Troyes Cathedral in January 1129. Begun with a group of nine soldier/knight-monks in 1118, the order was founded to protect pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land.
To the Cathedral of St.-Pierre et St.-Paul. Little remains of the churches on ...
... be collected.
When we got to Soissons, on the ring road we passed La Sucrerie - an enormous sugar factory, with belching chimneys and huge piles of sugarbeet, overlaid with a sickly sweet cooking smell - it was just like Bury St Edmund's!
We passed Chateau-Thiery and Sezanne, and skirted around ...
... reminiscing about our trip and comparing each other’s favourite this and worst that, which for the most part we agreed on!
Before heading back to the hotel, we couldn’t resist a wander around the old medieval streets gazing at the distorted old buildings, and the more we walked the more impressed we were. Such a pretty little French town.
Back at the hotel, ...
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 ...
... interactions along the way that have helped make this holiday so memorable.
Firstly we met an English couple pedalling towards us. It is always interesting to hear what routes other cyclo-tourists are taking and to compare stories. Their adventure, like ours started in Brittany, then through the Loire and up the Nivernais Canal and across to the Burgundy Canal. Unlike us, they had planned and booked accommodation for each day ...