It seems there is a competition between the cities and towns in the Champagne area as which is the most authentic champagne town. In the middle-ages Troyes was the capital of Champagne. Not sure if that is the reason the outline of the town is in the shape of a champagne cork. (In my opinion you must have consumed at least a bottle to identify the cork from an aerial photo!) However, the town is also called the “town of ten churches” but for most people in the neighbourhood the town is best known for its factory outlets of famous brands. In other words: Shopping!
Walking between the half-timbered houses on the picturesque cobbled street you constantly have to stop gawping at all the history. So much of the town has been preserved, and it is jaw dropping to think of the hundreds of years that have passed since some of the houses were built until today. If those walls could talk…
Some of the buildings are listing precariously, and the building techniques of the time allowed for buildings to lean “backwards”. I think some of current day builders in South Africa are reverting to old techniques with walls that are supposed to be straight following strange curves – especially in our house.
|See how the building is leaning backwards|
|The buildings following an odd curve|
|Garden at Sainte-Madeleine|