Day Trip from Paris: Provins

With a day off last week, Sarah and I decided to venture out and explore Provins, a small medieval town located east of Paris. Since it was a jour férié (public holiday) in France, our metro card was de-zoned and we were able to take the train for free. An hour and a half later, we arrived to Provins, hopped on the city bus and rode up the main square of town and walked around.

Provins is an excellent day trip (or half-day trip) option from Paris. If you’re tired of touring les châteaux in Versailles and Fontainebleu, take a step off the beaten path and get your medieval history on. The town is famous for fortifications such as the Tour César and Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church and specializes in rose cultivation, which you’ll find infused in everything from jam to candy.

I recommend grabbing a bite at La Fleur du Sel, where I had a wonderful galette with egg, brie de Meaux, ham and onion spread. We decided to give rose a try by ordering a kir à la rose – white wine and rose liqueur. To top off the afternoon, we split a caramel apple crêpe similar to the one I had at Breizh Café. Mmm…what a successful outing!

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