Mar 18, 2013

Provins, Paris

After touring Fontainebleau palace we headed for another World Heritage Site, Provins. It got the status in 2001. The city prospered in 12th and 13th centuries, under the Counts of Champagne, with its wool industry and its trading fairs.

The route from google maps, that we covered while on a day tour from Paris.



Provins is less crowded, a huge contrast just 50 miles away from the commercialized Paris! Loitering there, it was fun to imagine living back in medieval times. We spent time doing a walking tour, visited a beautiful church and the Caesar’s tower. Luckily we had the car and so drove up the steep hill to the old city of Provins. On the way we saw some tourists making their way up on foot. There is a little train that goes around the old town, you need to pay once and use it for the rest of the day. The city is virtually untouched; part of undamaged city walls can be seen.



This is the view from Caesar’s tower. Once upon a time this tower functioned as watch tower, prison, bell tower and also as a place of military retreat. The view is breath taking, I am sure you will agree with me.


A lone window in the tower; I liked how the creepers grew around it, reminding me of the fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’.



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22 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

pretty cottages and streets!

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very nice pictures! Holiday-like! ;-)

Greetings from The Netherlands,
DzjieDzjee

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely place and awesome views! I do agree with the "sleeping beauty" comparison! Wonderful captures for the day, Indrani, as always!

George said...

What a pretty little town to visit. The view from the tower is amazing, and I also like the wooden building in your second photo.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the scenery here!

Kalantikan said...

Wow what a lovely town, am always amazed with the way they were able to preserve this heritage buildings. I've been to Strasbourg and La Petite, France, maybe there are similarities in structures there. Thanks for the small tour, as i might not be able to see that place in this lifetime.

Regina said...

Beautiful scnes!
Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week.

Regina

Ruchira said...

Its a dream to go to France !And I would love to go to little unexplored corners and villages !
Loved your post !

Arija said...

Thank you for taking us on this charming tour of the place.

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous scenery. That last shot is delightful!

eileeninmd said...

Indrani, it is a lovely town! The views are beautiful. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing your tour.

Nina marzeniamizyje said...

Nice photos :) I wish to visit someday France ;)

Gary said...

Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dana said...

I love the tower. It reminds me a fairytale. :)

islandwonder said...

Looks like something out of a fairy tale.

Fun60 said...

Wonderful buildings. Great to imagine just how much history has gone before you in that town.

KParthasarathi said...

Thanks for showing these quaint annd beautiful places with crisp description and apt pictures that I may not see in real in my life time.

magiceye said...

Beautifully preserved!
Lovely captures!

Łucja-Maria said...

Beautiful post.
Fantastic photos.
I admit I do not know of this historic town.
I send greetings.
Lucia

P.N. Subramanian said...

What a wonderful time you had in that quaint little place. Beautiful photographs to go with. Incidentally Google Reader is still working. Alternatives need to be explored.

Anuradha Shankar said...

beautiful!!! its like a fairy tale town!

Shail Mohan said...

The last picture is a beauty! The view IS breathtaking.