Mystery Destination & Winner Revealed

Being the slightly mean blogger that I am, I treated you to lots of pretty pictures from a gorgeous French town a couple of weeks ago, and then refused to tell you where it actually was. Yeah it was work confidentiality reasons blah blah. The project has finished now, and I am happy to reveal that my mystery French town was…

Troyes!
Congratulations to those of you who guessed where I was staying. I will reveal the winner at the bottom of the post, along with my novel winner-picking method. Note: she’s 4.5, loves ballet, and her favourite colours are blue and silver….
Before we get to that, let me give you my recommendations for enjoying your stay in the city. 

3 things you should do in Troyes

Go shopping on the high street ¦¦ I challenge you to find a prettier high street to do your shopping on. There are a few of your high street favourites, and then some cute boutiques to go gift shopping crazy in. There’s even a bee shop, for everything bee related (from propolis to umbrellas with bees on).

Pig out on the food and drink ¦¦ It’s all exceptional and you really can’t go wrong; particular recommendations go to: chaource (the local cheese), any kind of champagne, charcuterie, steak, chocolate mousse…….

Take a photo walk around the old town ¦¦ Troyes has a beautiful old town and it’s all very walkable, so you can trot through every street in fairly short order. By day or by night, it’s all wonderfully scenic and if you’re anything like me you’ll barely put your camera down. Also it’s a very safe place so you can wander around alone without worrying.

3 things you shouldn’t do in Troyes

Try the andouilette ¦¦ It’s made with pig colon. Why would you do that? (P.S. Don’t educate me with what normal sausages are made with – I live in blissful ignorance…!)

Wear heels ¦¦ Most of the old town is cobbled, and they’re deceptively uneven. I nearly stacked it a few times even whilst wearing flats…
Visit the outlet malls ¦¦ Troyes is apparently famous for its outlet malls (it has three), but having visited what was apparently the best of them and come away disappointed, I’d say they’re best given a miss. There’s just not much in them and the prices are not very discounted at all.
And now on to the winner, who was drawn by my lovely niece out of her brand new hat. I’m pleased to say the winner is…

Bumble Bee Mum!

She will be receiving a gift from Troyes in the post very soon.
Have I tempted you to book a trip to Troyes yet?
-Rachel
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10 Comments

  1. 8th December 2015 / 19:21

    pig colon! ew. no thanks. and yeah, i like to eat my sausages in ignorance as well. the sausages at home are so much better than the ones in america, so i think you’re safe lol. i totally guessed right, so i win, right? haha jk.

    • 16th December 2015 / 17:44

      It’s strange to think how we all think of them as sausages, but they’re so different from place to place. Maybe I’m over thinking sausages here… And yeah! You definitely win. Your prize is… errrr…. a virtual high-five! Woo!

  2. 8th December 2015 / 19:26

    Yeah, I don’t want to know how normal sausage is made either! We eat deer sausage on the regular here, and I’d like to stay in blissful ignorance too! And there’s now way that I would have guessed where you were staying, but it looks beautiful! And the food looks delicious!

    • 16th December 2015 / 17:46

      Deer sausage! That sounds fancy (and delicious). I know, I was surprised anyone guessed at all, I certainly wouldn’t have. The food was amaaaaaaazing, I’m dreaming of it still!

  3. Jen
    8th December 2015 / 23:21

    Yes to all of the food!! 🙂 Yum!

    • 16th December 2015 / 17:46

      So much food! So much good food! I did extremely well 🙂

    • 16th December 2015 / 17:47

      It was utterly charming! I’m very lucky to have been sent somewhere so pretty for work.

  4. 10th December 2015 / 13:39

    Oh it looks beautiful! From what you shared I can see why you wouldn’t put your camera down – we have nowhere as pretty as that here!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 16th December 2015 / 17:48

      I was whipping it out every 3 seconds, I think I annoyed my colleague a bit by the end! You never know, maybe a resident of Troyes would say exactly the same thing about Brisbane..!

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