Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunning and Relaxing in Champagne

On Thursday morning, Chris and I rented another car and headed to the Champagne region, armed with a few tour reservations and a list of other Champagne houses to investigate.  The area was even more picturesque than we had imagined; lots of rolling hills covered in vines and chateaus.  We got to our hotel and were greeted with Champagne and Madeleines.  Then we headed to our room, which overlooked the vineyards of Moet and Chandon and had views of Reims and Epernay.  Our porch was perfect for sunset vistas so we cancelled any tours we had planned that afternoon and enjoyed some relaxation in the sun.  
Although we toured town a bit, our favorite thing to do in Champagne was leisurely drive through the country and enjoy the scenery.  The concierge at the hotel insisted that it is even more beautiful in summer and fall and we will have to come back.
We learned a few new favorite brands of Champagne, including Champagne Guy Charlemagne's Mesnillesime.  The ladies at Les Caves des Filles were incredibly knowledgeable and helped us pick up a few souvenirs for our return to Paris.  


Note - I can't take credit for any pictures from our week in France; Chris was our photographer.   

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