Provins: at the discovery of the medieval past

 

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  • Theme: town of Provins, rec¬≠og¬≠nized by UNESCO as a world her¬≠itage site and renowned for its medieval fairs, his¬≠tor¬≠i¬≠cal cen¬≠ter, ancient for¬≠ti¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tions and city walls.Place:ProvinsWhen: Dur¬≠ing the low/medium sea¬≠son of the spring trimester (March, April, May).
  • Ser¬≠vices offered dur¬≠ing the itin¬≠er¬≠ary:                                                                                                                          
    • Mul¬≠ti¬≠lin¬≠gual trav¬≠el guides.
    • Eng¬≠lish spo¬≠ken in var¬≠i¬≠ous tourism offices.
    • Oth¬≠er for¬≠eign lan¬≠guages includ¬≠ing Euro¬≠pean lan¬≠guage doc¬≠u¬≠ments avail¬≠able (print or web)

    Tar­get: Seniors lovers of his­to­ry, cul­ture and tra­di­tions.

    Dif­fi­cul­ty:Easy

  • Par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar offers/services dur¬≠ing the itin¬≠er¬≠ary:
    • Meals in typ¬≠i¬≠cal restau¬≠rants.
    • Demon¬≠stra¬≠tions of fal¬≠con¬≠ry.
    • Vis¬≠its to his¬≠tor¬≠i¬≠cal and archae¬≠o¬≠log¬≠i¬≠cal sites.

Description

Provins is a UNESCO world her­itage site, famous for its medieval fairs and its beau­ti­ful his­tor­i­cal cen­tre.

 

The town is known for its medieval for¬≠ti¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tions, such as the Tour C√©sar (the Cae¬≠sar Tow¬≠er) and well-pre¬≠served city walls.

 

This per­fect­ly pre­served walled town is the des­ti­na­tion for all lovers of medieval cul­ture and tra­di­tions: fes­tiv­i­ties take place dur­ing dif­fer­ent peri­ods of the year and include activ­i­ties with hors­es, fal­con­ry shows and dressed up medieval parades.

 

Provins also offers oth­er tourist attrac­tions; all over the town vis­i­tors can admire remark­able medieval archi­tec­ture from the 12th cen­tu­ry.

 

La Tour C√©sar and the 5km of ram¬≠parts are fine exam¬≠ples of medieval mil¬≠i¬≠tary archi¬≠tec¬≠ture dat¬≠ing. Sev¬≠er¬≠al medieval build¬≠ings stand on the Place du Ch√ʬ≠tel , inclu¬≠ing Saint-Thibaut Church, the H√ītel de la Coquille and the Croix des Changes mon¬≠u¬≠ment in the cen¬≠tre of the square. La Grange aux Dimes was a 12th cen¬≠tu¬≠ry stor¬≠age build¬≠ing that now shel¬≠ters an exhi¬≠bi¬≠tion on Medieval Provins fairs. And La Mai¬≠son Romane is the ear¬≠li¬≠est exam¬≠ple of a Provins‚Äô stone struc¬≠ture, in mod¬≠ern times it has been con¬≠vert¬≠ed in a muse¬≠um.

Provins is placed 80km east from Paris.

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

Dates: 26th-28th of June 2017

Dura¬≠tion: 3 days

Accom­mo­da­tion: Ibis Hotel in Provins

Start/Finish: Paris

 

Day 1 ‚Äď 14th of March

 

Day 1

The par­tic­i­pants will arrive in Paris at dif­fer­ent times and then will meet the guides at the Gare de l’Est sta­tion in order to catch the train to Provins.

 

The group will reach Provins sta¬≠tion by train and then will reach by bus (see ‚ÄúArrival of the par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pants‚ÄĚ sec¬≠tion here below) the Ibis hotel where din¬≠ner will be served to the group of trav¬≠el¬≠ers.


 Day 2 

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The vis­it­ing day will begin with the break­fast at the hotel. Then the par­tic­i­pants will reach the tourist office to buy tick­ets to access the medieval build­ings.

The vis¬≠it of the Medieval cen¬≠tre of Provins will start with the ram¬≠parts from Porte Saint Jean to Porte de Jouy will take you to Place du Ch√ʬ≠tel, then the C√©sar Tow¬≠er, sym¬≠bol of the pow¬≠er of the Counts of Cham¬≠pagne. The tour will end with a vis¬≠it of Col¬≠le¬≠giate Church of Saint-Quiri¬≠ace.

 

The group will have lunch in the tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al restau¬≠rant of ‚ÄúLe C√©sar Gour¬≠mand‚ÄĚ with local tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al food.

 

In the ear­ly after­noon, par­tic­i­pants will attend Tra­di­tion­al Fal­con­ry Show: the Eagles of Ram­parts

 

Since 4000 years, fal­con­ry, an ances­tral hunt­ing tech­nique, has been prac­ticed through­out the world. This art of hunt was famous in the Mid­dle Ages and passed from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. This tra­di­tion, respect­ful of nature and the envi­ron­ment, is includ­ed in the list of the UNESCO Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Her­itage.

The medieval show ‚ÄúThe eagles of Rem¬≠parts‚ÄĚ will give you the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to dis¬≠cov¬≠er fal¬≠con¬≠ry through the peo¬≠ple who have prac¬≠ticed these hunt¬≠ing tech¬≠niques, as a real art of liv¬≠ing: the West¬≠ern lords of the Mid¬≠dle Ages, the Arab nomads of the Mid¬≠dle East, the Kaza¬≠khs in the steppes of Cen¬≠tral Asia. You will be fas¬≠ci¬≠nat¬≠ed by the flight of eagles, hawks, kites, caracaras, vul¬≠tures, owls and ser¬≠pen¬≠tines. This prodi¬≠gious aer¬≠i¬≠al bal¬≠let will leave unfor¬≠get¬≠table remem¬≠brances of Provins!

The rest of the after­noon will be devot­ed to vis­it­ing the Medieval Mar­ket and the Under­ground ancient graf­fi­ti.

The palace of the under¬≠ground in graf¬≠fi¬≠ti is a myth¬≠i¬≠cal place of the her¬≠itage of Provins that owes its exis¬≠tence to the exploita¬≠tion of the ‚Äúfuller‚Äôs earth‚ÄĚ used in tex¬≠tile indus¬≠try in the Mid¬≠dle Ages. It also served as a refuge, a cel¬≠lar and a ware¬≠house. This fab¬≠u¬≠lous net¬≠work of gal¬≠leries was also the secret meet¬≠ing for Freema¬≠sons and Com¬≠pan¬≠ions, as shown by the many graf¬≠fi¬≠ti that you will dis¬≠cov¬≠er.

The Grange of the dimes is a sump¬≠tu¬≠ous 13th cen¬≠tu¬≠ry merchant‚Äôs house, which served as a cov¬≠ered mar¬≠ket dur¬≠ing fairs and then ware¬≠house for the tithe (a tax for the sup¬≠port of the Church or the cler¬≠gy). Nowa¬≠days, in its mag¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cent vault¬≠ed rooms, the build¬≠ing hosts carved cap¬≠i¬≠tals rep¬≠re¬≠sent¬≠ing the cor¬≠po¬≠ra¬≠tions and mer¬≠chants of the Mid¬≠dle Ages.

The din¬≠ner will be served to par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pants in a typ¬≠i¬≠cal French restau¬≠rant and then the trav¬≠el¬≠ers have the pos¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty to go wine tast¬≠ing in tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al wine cel¬≠lar (this activ¬≠i¬≠ty is option¬≠al and it is on the par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pants fees).

 

 Day 3

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Break­fast will be served at the hotel at 8:30. At 10:00 the par­tic­i­pants will vis­it the Rose gar­dens in the morn­ing. This gar­den is placed in the cen­tre of the medieval city and hosts more than 400 vari­eties of ros­es, orga­nized by spe­cif­ic his­tor­i­cal themes.

 

 

After the vis¬≠its the group will have lunch at 12:00 at ‚ÄúLa Fleur de Sel‚ÄĚ restau¬≠rant.

After lunch, the guides will accom­pa­ny the group to Gare de l’Est and will pro­vide infor­ma­tion on the trans­ports to the air­ports.

Day 4 ‚ÄĒ 17th of March

The par­tic­i­pants will have break­fast at the hotel and will get ready for depar­ture. They will reach Paris by train from Chenon­ceaux train sta­tion.

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Contact:

Place of legal estab­lish­ment:

E-Seniors

19 cité de Phals­bourg

75011 Paris

 

Web­site and tele­phone:

http://www.eseniors.eu/

+33 6 24 39 64 34

 

Con­tact per­sons:

Patrizia Papit­to

patriziapapitto.eseniors@gmail.com

+33 6 73 78 83 15

 

Ana√Įs Fer¬≠nan¬≠dez

anais.fernandez95@gmail.com

+33 6 84 10 15 95