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Paris Day Trip

Day-Trip to Provins  - 77 km southeast of Paris.


On the hilltop site of a Roman camp, Provins developed into the third largest town in france (after Paris and Rouen) in the Middle Ages as capital of the counts of Champagne, acquiring international renown for its fair and as a rose-growing center. Provins has over 50 protected monuments bearing witness to its opulent past, including the 12th-century gothic church of St-Quiriace with its incongruous 17th century classical dome. There's plenty  to see underground, too - a guided tour of the Souterrains takes in a small part of the 6 miles of tunnels that honeycomb the hill on which  Provins is built (contact the tourist office for details  Climb up the tour Cesar, a round, ivy covered 11th-century keep atop a sturdy mound, for a panoramic view of the town and some of the best preserved medieval ramparts in France. The vaulted 13th century Grange aux Dimes (Tithe Barn), originally used as a covered market, houses a collection of waxwork displays evoking the crafts and merchants who brought medieval Provins wealth and fame, and shows a film retracing the town's history.

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