If you are ever presented with the opportunity to visit a small unheard-of French town, take it! More often than not they are the most beautiful cities you will see. When my boyfriend invited me to join him for a work trip in Troyes (about an hour and a half from Paris), I couldn’t say no. We booked a slightly luxurious hotel and decided to turn his work trip into a somewhat romantic getaway. However, the surprise arrival of a close friend from Australia quickly changed all that.
Our beautiful but tiny hotel room instantly transformed into an overcrowded, fifteen square meter box with a blow-up mattress crammed into the corner. My friend was jet-lagged and had not yet acclimatized to the icy temperatures that we were experiencing that week in the northern hemisphere. As a result, our time exploring the city was limited and our time spend in bed eating copious amounts of Pringles and drinking wine was disgustingly generous.
Despite our lack of adventurous enthusiasm, it was an excellent little holiday. The city was breathtakingly beautiful. The ancient cobblestone streets where lined with colourful half-timbered houses from the 16th century, magnificent cathedrals were scattered throughout the city, and in the centre was one of the best indoor food markets I have come across. If you ever find yourself in Paris or nearby, put a couple of days aside and visit this incredible little city, it’s impossible not to love it.