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  • Cafe in Troyes - Champagne. Photo Friday - 30th April 2010

    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.

  • Introducing Simon- French Connections team member - Why I'm a France Lover!

    I hope I never have to because there is just so much about it that I love, but If I had to choose one thing that I loved most about France it would have to be train rides. I mean just about any train rides: train rides to, train rides from, train rides around and train rides across the beautiful landscapes, cities and towns of France.

  • Visit Aube in France's Champagne country

    Spring is the perfect time for a visit to Champagne country in France. The easy four hour drive from Calais makes this an ideal region for a short break of indulgence in golden bubbles, gourmet food and glorious countryside.

    This month, we’re focusing on Aube, in the southwest corner of Champagne-Ardenne. Just imagine a landscape of gentle hills and valleys, lakes and forest, smothered in millions of vines burgeoning with luscious champagne grapes whose wine growing owners  welcome visitors.

    In this charming and relaxing pocket-sized paradise you’ll find half-timbered ancient towns and villages where fabulous food, local wines and a really French way of life reign supreme. Top day out tip - it’s just an hour and a half to Paris.

    The best way to learn about champagne is to drive along the impressive Route Touristique du Champagne. This takes you through the south eastern area of Aube between Bar sur Seine and Bar sur Aube. Local tourist offices supply lists of wine growers and champagne cellars that are open to the public and owners organise tours explaining what makes champagne produced in this region so special. (Leave plenty of room in the boot for bottles!)

    Troyes (the capital of the department) lies conveniently in the heart of Aube en Champagne, so a visit to this lovely medieval town of timber-frame houses, narrow streets and a beautifully preserved historical centre is a must.

    We have a great selection of both B&B and self-catering accommodation in Aube, including lakeside cottages, Maisons de Maitre and gorgeous farmhouses.