Yes. I seem to recall that I said I was done with long walks after two days in a row of seven miles.
So on Monday I went to Troyes by train and ended up walking 8 miles. At least it was at my choice and my pace and a saunter not a death march. I discovered another bus route for the Gare de l’Est. Whenever possible, I prefer to take the bus. So much more to see
Troyes is a town in about 1.5 hours on the train to the south east of Paris. Ever hear the term “troy” weight for gold? Yup. From this town. It was an active medieval trading center.
Do you recall the skiers on the balcony from yesterday? Maybe this is a trend but in Troyes, there was something similar. A couple had a cardboard cutout – I guess of them! – on their balcony! If only I had a balcony….
Several old old churches. I went into them as I came upon them, heading up to the cathedral of St Peter and Paul. Which seems a clearly rational approach. Except when you realize it is getting on lunch time and, yup, wouldn’t you know it, the cathedral is closed between 1230 and 1400. Interesting that none of the other churches were closed a noon.
So that meant a back track to the town square for a leisurely lunch. This is a statue on the city hall – says Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death. Not many of these still around in France, or so the guidebook says.
And after I retraced my steps – oh how I hate to retrace steps! – to the cathedral. And I have to say it was totally worth it. I don’t think I have ever heard this particular cathedral mentioned before, but oh my I loved it. Hard to say quite what it was so I will just stick to the energy of the place. And it was freezing! Nice place on a summer’s day, but it wasn’t warm enough outside to need to cool off.
A great thing about the tourisme office – they have a counter with plugs so you can recharge your phone! Everyone is getting electronic!
I also discovered the 2 euro store! Just like dollar tree. I actually picked up a few things for the apartment. Fortunately, I also carry a whole foods stuff sack.
And when I finally made it back to the train station to wait to board, I realized that by the end of the day I would have EIGHT miles. Whew!