Between car problems and vegging out over Christmas, we finally drove the one hour trip over to Troyes.
We arrived mid afternoon and as night fell the city centre came alive and the lights went on. It was the most Christmassy place we've been to so far.
Troyes is famous for it's half timbered buildings, some dating back to the 1500's. In this backdrop a rather more modern set up was put in place for Christmas. Lots of places to get a quick snack, gauffres, crêpes, churros, coffee etc... even one stall selling "vin chaud".
In the middle of the market place were some clear domes full of Christmas scenes with opportunities to take selfies. It was really very pretty. We took a pic of Rémy & Emma next to a life-size reindeer model, but didn't bother with the one set up which you had to both wait a long time to do, then pay for. Entry into the domes was free, but security was tight - they were letting people in in batches.
We were reminded of the security aspect too, as no less than 6 French army soldiers walked by us holding their automatic rifles at an angle along their forearms. Sadly, this sort of event is one that could be a target.
Troyes is well worth a visit - with lots of photo opportunities. The blip and extras were taken last night on Boxing Day, so sorry, I've cheated!