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Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay September 1st 2018

Quelques kilomètres encore avec un arrêt d'une nuit à Troyes... Nous commençons à connaître ce camping par coeur... ses bons emplacements et pour une fois nous n'allons pas nous promener dans les magasins d'usines car un bel orage pointe son nez à l'horizon... Nous aurons ici un voisin hyper sympa, très grand voyageur qui passe son hiver aux antipodes, une partie de son année en Corse et l'autre partie il promène avec sa femme et son petit fils, biens sympas tous les trois... Puis vient le bonheur de retrouver en peu plus haut encore une famille que nous aimons tant... Travaillant tous deux dans le champagne.. on ne peut que se faire gâter... MERCI encore Emilie et Raphael... MERCI encore les trois petits bouts d'avoir laissé papa et maman s'occuper de nous pour la soirée... Cette ... read more
paysages de villages
belle nature

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay June 7th 2018

Well with our time in Paris finished and a wonderful previous night at a Jazz club for dinner and live entertainment we are ready to pick up our new car and head for the Champagne district. We now have a new addition to the family, Peugeot 3008 GT in White. On the road to Epernay, Rose wanted to stop at the Le Vallee (Frances answer to the Premium Outlet Malls in the US, but not as good) we arrived in Epernay at about 4:30 and once checked in to our lovely Airbnb apartment, we walked around and got some items to cook our first dinner in France.... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay March 16th 2018

I am not sure many of you share the same interest in sparkling wines that I do. The only "rule" I believe in is to drink what you like, and don't worry about the name or place it comes from. I also like to keep the price well under $20, as I do for red and white wines. But here goes anyway: Over 308 million bottles of Champagne were sold by the end of last year. Just three days remain to exceed that figure this year (we assume you’ll do your part). According to the official trade group Comité Champagne, there are now 15,000 growers and 300 Houses (major firms) in the Champagne region. If you are unsure about what you like, try going to a champagne or sparkling wine tasting, where you can try many ... read more
Love my bubbles
New Year's Eve
Smoke in your eyes?

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay May 30th 2017

As mentioned in the last blog entry we left Damery with wonderful fresh vegetables on board thanks to Ali and headed toward our original destination of Epernay. When passing through the next village of Cumieres we noticed that this was the home base of the paddlewheel boat that we had seen in Damery with the numerous tourists checking out the vineyards on the hillsides. They also had numerous metal cutouts lining the canal showing some of the various jobs associated with the growing of grapes. They had the person pruning, the person tying up the vines, the turning of the bottles and others. We were somewhat surprised that they even showed the spraying of the vines – we weren’t sure if they would typically advertise that! Epernay was only a short distance away so we were ... read more
Cumieres - Home of the Paddlewheeler
As You Come Close to the Marina in Epernay
This Champagne Label Design Incorporates a Red X

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay July 20th 2016

PA revenant en Europe cette année, nous profitons de son voyage pour le rejoindre en compagnie de Tiffany en Champagne... Nous nous proposions d'aller participer aux festivités organisées à Verdun pour le centenaire de sa bataille, mais Leslie faisant défaut au voyage en dernière minute, nous pensons que le Zoo d'Amnéville sera un meilleur arrêt en route pour Tiffany. C'est ainsi que nous passerons une belle journée au Zoo d'Amnéville en Lorraine. Nous sommes un peu décus mais gardons tout de même un bon souvenir des beaux animaux découverts. Notre route continue en direction d'Epernay où nous retrouvons avec joie nos amis et leurs enfants, fières de nous faire visiter le chantier de leur prochaine maison... Merci à vous la famille J. Nous avons été heureux de vous revoir et encore plus heureux de voir combien ... read more
Tiffany and Bonne Mamy !

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay September 8th 2015

Champagne tastes on a Lemonade Budget Some Aussies we met reckoned that Epinay is the place to be seen in the Champagne region. It’s not cheap though. Central France has so many towns and villages that are overflowing with character. The first thing I look at as we drive through a village is the width of the streets. We are blessed with a GPS that has a register of all the pot holes, speed bumps, and undersized roundabouts in all of Europe. James the GPS loves to take a short cut – which will invariably be down a street that has a height limit of less than 3M ( we need 3.2M) or a width limit of under 2.5M ( we need at least 2.6M). When I don’t take the suggested route, James gets sh11tey. To ... read more
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Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay April 9th 2015

Epernay is the self-proclaimed capital of the Champagne region. It is home to most of the world's most famous Champagne houses. And it is the very best place to tour cellars, and sample the famous bubbly. That is why I am here. Since I have become a Champagne and sparkling wine drinker, it has been my dream to visit this famous region. It is said to be the best place to tour cellars and taste bubbly. It is rather difficult to fathom over two hundred million bottles of Champagne are being aged in underground cellars beneath the streets of Epernay. I pray there is no earthquake! In fact, there are 110 km of subterranean cellars, holding more than 200 million bottles of Champagne, just waiting for me. Epernay is 25 km south of Reims, and as ... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay December 5th 2013

I did a day trip to the Champagne Region. I really wanted to drink French Champagne in the French Champagne region. I went to Reims and Épernay. The will break up the posts as below: Gare de l'Est Reims Épernay wandering part 1 Moët et Chandon Caves Tour Épernay wandering part 2 The average temperature for the day was 4 degrees C (39F), and I did 20,679 steps on my fitbit. ... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay December 5th 2013

Arriving in Épernay i headed toward the Église Notre-Dame, just across the park from the station. Unfortunately it was closed, but it had really cool doors! It was time to head to the Avenue de Champagne and see all the champagne houses. I also had to find the Moët et Chandon caves, for my tour later in the afternoon. It’s a great street to see all the different champagne houses (and their cool doors), most of which I had never heard of!... read more
Église Notre-Dame
Église Notre-Dame
Église Notre-Dame

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