TROYES OR TROY
"No link between Troyes and Troy."
As a poor kid I have been obliged to study Latin and Greek during 6 years, 8 and 5 hours a week, so that when I drove in the town of Troyes, this name linked immediately my neurones to the Homeric Troy of the Iliad and Odyssey, not forgetting Virgil and the Aeneid.
To my deception I found no link between Troyes-en-Champagne and the legendary Troy.
The name of Troyes comes from the name of a Celtic tribe the Tricasses which settled there during the 2nd century BC. Under the Romans the name became Augustobona, later Tricassium and Trecae.
I had expected some mysterious, esoteric link between the legend and the present, something in the style of the "Da Vinci Code"; a Trojan horse hidden under the cathedral, the tomb of Achilles in the crypt of the St Pantaleon church, and descendants from Helene selling andoullette on the market.
Nothing! Nada! Rien! Just a guy called Hector who had found a Trojan horse in his computer.