A Flavour of France & A Competition

Anyone up for a whistlestop tour of Medieval France?! I managed to go for a quick trot around town with my colleague just before the light faded, and I thought I’d stop by and share some of the pictures I took with you. This is the beautiful city where I’ve been staying for the past couple of weeks with work, and where I’ll be until almost the end of November.
It’s a gorgeous city filled with medieval buildings and countless picturesque street scenes.
It’s just so French it hurts.
The buildings are generally magnificent. For example, we thought this was the cathedral.
Nope, it’s just a regular church.
This is the cathedral. In fact, the cathedral is so big it doesn’t fit in a single frame, which is why you don’t get to see the outside (sorry).
The city is famous for its stained glass, and I can see why. The colours! 
Something catches my eye at every turn. There are teeny tiny figures carved into the sides of some of the buildings that I find utterly charming.
My colleague patiently waited whilst I cooed at signs, lamps, aforementioned tiny carved ladies…
And then we found a bandstand, nestled amongst the changing leaves. I mean…
And now, competition time! If you can guess the city where I’m staying, please leave your guess in the comments, and whoever is closest will win a mystery prize from the region. Wherever in the world you live, you are welcome to enter. I will happily post it to you. 
I will be choosing a winner at the end of my project, which is the end of November. As I’ve talked about before, I tend to like to keep things to do with my work a bit discreet so I don’t want to reveal the actual location until I’ve finished. So, you’ve got plenty of time to enter.
Hope you’re all having great weeks,

Linking up with Lauren & Courtney for Travel Tuesdaywith Malinda for Wednesday Wanderlust


  1. 3rd November 2015 / 11:19

    I love French cities and I totally get you with liking the signs and the carved ladies (I do to). I’m guessing that you are staying in Troyes.

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:25

      I love French cities too! Glad I’m not the only one with an affinity for signs. Thanks for guessing!

  2. 3rd November 2015 / 15:48

    it looks so lovely there, enjoy it!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:25

      Thank you! I’m doing my very best!

  3. 3rd November 2015 / 17:57

    oh my gosh, amazing! girl i have NO idea what city, so I won’t even insult France by guessing haha. but it looks beautiful 🙂

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:26

      Ha! I’d have been on the same page as you before coming here! It is absolutely gorgeous. I feel like I’m on a film set most of the time.

  4. 4th November 2015 / 00:39

    I love all of the little details that you found in the city, and everything looks so beautiful and picturesque! I can’t wait to find out where you are!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:27

      There were so many, it was hard to put my camera down! It’s a stunner of a city. I can’t wait to let you all know where this is so you can start planning a trip here 😉

  5. Jen
    4th November 2015 / 02:05

    Good gracious what a gorgeous place!!!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:27

      I know right!! It’s incredible.

  6. 4th November 2015 / 10:53

    I wouldn’t have been annoyed, I’d have been stopping to take a gazillion photos too! I’m going to guess Champagne Region – Troyes?

    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:39

      I’m glad you’d have been a sympathetic travel partner! Thanks for guessing 🙂

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:40

      I think I’ve been to Houlgate too, but as a child and I don’t really remember it. Sounds like it’s worth another visit! Especially being so close to the UK.

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:40

      It really is!

  7. debnance
    4th November 2015 / 12:57

    I wish I knew what city you were in because I’d like to visit it!

    I know it’s not Paris, but I’ll guess Paris.

    Here’s my Wordless Wednesday!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:40

      I will definitely let you know when I’ve left…! I highly recommend a visit. Thanks for guessing!

  8. 4th November 2015 / 20:29

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! Especially that first picture, looks like Belle from Beauty and the Beast is going to burst out from one of the doors! Love! xo

      • 10th November 2015 / 11:42

        To each their own film reference hey! I think of Harry Potter as very London-ish, so for me this is much more Beauty and the Beast! I think we can all agree it looks generally magical..!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:42

      Ooh yes I totally agree. I hadn’t even thought of that and now I’m going to be walking around expecting a Belle at every turn!

  9. 4th November 2015 / 21:03

    I say somewhere in the Alsace although I have no idea what I’m talking about since I’ve only been to Disneyland and Lyon 😀

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:43

      Haha I have no idea what I’m talking about either so there’s no shame here. Thanks for guessing!

  10. 4th November 2015 / 23:40

    I have absolutely no idea where this is, but it looks lovely! It looks so traditionally France, like a small town where you would visit your grandparents! I absolutely love that picture of the woman carved in wood!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:43

      It is totally stunning here. I’m amazed all the buildings have survived from medieval times so well! I’m glad you like the carved lady. She’s my fave.

  11. 5th November 2015 / 00:08

    Hi Rachel – Oh what a beautiful place to be staying and working. Lucky you! Is it Chartres? I haven’t been there yet, but I do recall seeing very similar photos while viewing a friend’s travel pics from a visit there…. maybe? 🙂

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:44

      I know, I’m extremely lucky. I have to keep pinching myself! Thanks for guessing, all will be revealed once my project here is finished! Lucky friend of yours going to Chartres 🙂

  12. 5th November 2015 / 03:39

    Wow how beautiful and what a fun game!! I will admit I even tried to google the name of the antique store with no luck haha. I will guess either Chartes or Rouen

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:46

      That’s some creative googling, I’m impressed! It is a really beautiful place, I can’t wait to let you all know where it is. Thanks for guessing anyway, with or without the aid of google!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:46

      Thanks for guessing! How did you cheat?!

  13. Kelly Michelle
    5th November 2015 / 22:52

    Rachel, this is so beautiful…I definitely need more France in my life! Hope you’re enjoying all that great cheese, wine and bubbles! x

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:47

      It’s gorgeous here. Everyone needs more France in their life, I’d argue! I’m making the most of the time out here for sure. There are long hours at work but I’m trying to squeeze in as much around it..!

  14. 5th November 2015 / 23:30

    I don’t know a lot about northern French cities – maybe Chartres? It looks lovely, wherever it is!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:48

      I’m a bit of a novice as well, so this is all coming as a very pleasant surprise to me. It’s definitely a beautiful place, I think I need to explore the region a lot more. Thanks for guessing!

  15. Gunilla
    8th November 2015 / 15:56

    Gorgeous photos! I love the old houses and the stained glass windows.

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:49

      The stained glass windows were breathtaking. My pictures definitely don’t do them justice. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such vibrant colours in a church window before – and the place was massive, too. Heaps of windows to fill.

  16. 9th November 2015 / 05:47

    I have no idea what city it is, but it is beautiful. I love the small figure carvings, too!

    • 10th November 2015 / 11:49

      I’ve since found more small figure carvings on my wanderings, might have to do a montage…!

  17. TheotherRachel
    16th September 2017 / 05:39

    My guess is Rouen.

  18. TheotherRachel
    16th September 2017 / 05:42

    My guess is Rouen. Though I seem to be a couple of years late…

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