The olden days

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

From 11-12 June, Provins in Île-de-France will go back to the Mid­dle Ages when the town cel­e­brates its 33rd edi­tion of Médié­vales de Provins. Once upon a time, the UNESCO-listed town was an im­por­tant meet­ing point for mer­chants across Europe so it’s no sur­prise that the festival is the big­gest of its kind. Vis­i­tors can ex­pect to see his­tor­i­cal re-en­act­ments of the Cham­pagne fairs and crafts­peo­ple sell­ing prod­ucts typ­i­cal of the pe­riod, plus medieval games for children in­clud­ing quoits and skit­tles, while night-time high­lights in­clude a medieval ball and con­cert. One-day tick­ets are priced at €11 while two-day passes are €15. Bet­ter still, go in cos­tume and get a half-price dis­count.

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