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Troyes (pronounced Twah), a lovely town in the heart of the Champagne region. In this slightly autumnal looking picture a local cafe lies quiet before it opens.

Cafe in TroyesCafe in Troyes (click for larger image)

France is such a big place that it's easy to just be lazy and stick to the obvious destinations like Paris or Bordeaux.  On the advice of some colleagues we visited Troyes last year and were certainly not disappointed.  Beautiful narrow streets, amazing food and of course the drink of the region's namesake made for a fantastic short break.  There are a number of old churches in the town which are worth seeing. Thoroughly recommended.