A return trip to France before Easter, then, with an assignment in the Champagne-Ardenees region.
I was in Troyes [pictured above] for France Magazine, exploring the medieval city on foot to uncover the hidden courtyards, historic buildings and lesser-known church cloisters.
That and sampling some of the local bubbles, of course.
Here’s a flavour of the article:
Troyes gets a lower billing in the Champagne region these days with Reims and Epernay better know as homes to the global-brand champagne houses. But it was Troyes that dominated the region during the Middle Ages with wealthy local landowners, the Counts of Champagne, putting the city on the map as a centre of commerce. The medieval fairs from the 11-13th century brought Troyes wealth and status as a crossroads for trade.
Today was the opening day at Chester: A Life Story [pictured above], the new heritage attraction in Chester.
I was there early this morning for an exclusive preview of the exhibition, researching an article for The Guardian in the family travel section.
Here’s the recent news item I wrote for the Cheshire Ultimate Guide by way of a preview of the story to come.
A new family visitor attraction has opened in Chester to celebrate the city’s rich social history in time for this year’s Chester Heritage Festival.
Chester: A Life Story puts the emphasis on the often-overlooked stories of ordinary people, using multi-sensory interpretation to highlight the folk who have shaped Cheshire over the past 2,000 years.
Including sections on crime and punishment, and health and medicine, it traces human stories from Roman Chester to the present day via the Middle Ages, aiming to put the story of Chester into a global context.
The heritage attraction is based at St Michael’s Church on Bridge Street, Chester, and managed by Big Heritage, the company that also runs Western Approaches, the wartime secret bunker in Liverpool.
The Chester Heritage Festival runs June 21-29 this year with events around the city.