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May 22, 2018 - Day 2 - Epernay

The departure for CDG was delayed an additional 45 mins due to a technical problem however we landed in Paris at 0738 hrs. Contrary to last years lengthy delay at immigration due to aircraft and passenger congestion, we were at the baggage carousel in quick time. The shine was taken from this good performance as we then waited 45 mins for our bags to arrive; we were very close to the last to receive ours. Finding Europcar in terminal 2C provided no problems, however, receiving our car took close to 75mins. This was caused by a very...

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Apr 28, 2018 - The Champagne Region

We left this morning at 7:30 to get to Reims in time for our 9:30 tour at G.H. Mumm. Thanks to Dennis for the driving. Who knew the founder was Georg Hermann Mumm, a Deutscher? Amelie was our guide who took us through the caves and shared the history of Mumm and how they make their champagne. I swear we did not taste until about 11:30am, far more respectable a time than 9:30am when the tour began. After Mumm we found a parking spot closer to the center of the city and first toured the Market Hall which was full of people doing their...

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Grand Tour

Jun 30, 2017 - Day 6: In Épernay

Day 6: In Épernay – driving to then looking around the town. Weather: 18C – cooler, cloudy with a few showers and sunshine in between. Steps: 18 0(10.5km) It was much cooler last night, but not quite down to Melbourne’s overnight temperatures!! I decided to try a local boulangerie-pâtisserie I had seen yesterday called Pain et Cie. There were a few people already eating so I followed their lead. It looked rather like a Le Pain Quotidien store in its furniture and shop fittings. I selected their ‘continental’ petit déjeuner with orange...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Reims, rhymes with France

We had a great birthday dinner in a traditional brasserie we found recommended in the Rick Steves book, then today we visited the cathedral and the museum that houses the German surrender to the Allies at the end of WWII. The cathedral has a marker commemorating the spot where Clovis was baptized in the 400's, significant in marking the beginnings of French Catholicism. It is a beautiful as well as historic cathedral, the place of coronations, Joan of Arc, many destructions and restorations, and a lot of work and sacrifice by this...

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Aug 2, 2016 - Reims

Why a trip to Reims? The cathedral where 33 kings of France were crowned and anointed is here. Reims is in the champagne region and Reims is where chalk caves store hundreds of thousands of bottles of champagne. The TGV gets you to Reims from Paris gare de l’est in 45 minutes. We arrived in Reims on Tuesday about 4:15 and followed the instructions of our Airbnb host to pick up the door key from his friend. We already like the town. With a map obtained at the train station, we walk to our Airbnb flat in the Clemenceau neighborhood, about 20...

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Lavender's Travels

May 28, 2016 - Colombey-les Deux-Eglises and Chaumont

We headed out once again through the rolling countryside towards Chaumont. We stopped at the small village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises. This is the village of the family home of General Charles de Gaulle and where he is buried. Just above the village and dominating the surrounding countryside is the Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the French Resistance movement. It was not an inspiring symbol. Below it stood the new Memorial Charles de Gaulle Museum which we didn’t visit and the only way to view the cross was through the museum so we...

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May 27, 2016 - A drive along part of the Champagne route

Today we decided to explore the surrounding area by driving part the designated Champagne route i.e. through the villages and vineyards that produce Champagne. It is only in this area in the world that is allowed to produce a sparkling wine and call it champagne- a real monopoly and produced to very high standards. Hence why champagne is expensive! Our drive took us through some beautiful rolling countryside, with vines on the slopes. We discovered an old roman bridge, a few interesting villages, an old abbey and some great views.

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May 26, 2016 - Troyes

We headed into the nearby town of Troyes. We many French towns we are usually disappointed with however this was an exception. It was a lovely town to wander around with many leaning half-timbered houses with cobbled streets, numerous impressive churches and lovely squares. The Cathedral of St Pierre and St Paul was an impressive Gothic cathedral with some wonderful stained glass windows. We also visited the Apothecaries a richly decorated 16th century pharmacy which had been part of the old hospital. It had rows of painted wooden...

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May 24, 2016 - Move to Lac l'Orient

Today we left the Somme and drove south and east to Lac l’Orient near Troyes. Arrived safely at the campground. Surprised by our size despite sending them e-mail with details and photo. However, no problem as they had various options for us. They were very busy which surprised us, mainly Brits and Netherlanders. They had a lot of sites out of action due to the ground being very wet and boggy. They had most of their hardstanding pitches occupied and units on the campground roads. We decided to park at the end of a road with an open aspect...

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Apr 22, 2015 - Bruges, Belgium, then on to Chalons de Champagne

Wednesday 22nd, We found Bruge, Brussels an enchanting medieval towne. Narrow cobblestone streets, canals and of course squares and churches. A fun horse and buggy ride through the town with a German couple who spoke no English took about and hour. Our driver spoke English and limited German so we all tried our best to help this couple in explaining the sites. This horse had obviously been trained to this route without cars nor people being present. He just ignored them. We had people slamming on brakes in both cars and on their bikes and...

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Apr 19, 2015 - About time for an update

Sorry it's been so long. Even though we are taking our time, there aren't enough hours in the day to do what we want to do. Since our last post, we have wound up 5 days in Paris, driven up to Bruge for 3 nights and then headed back south through country France spending a night in Laon and now on our second day in Epernay which is right in the middle of Champagne country. The weather has been fantastic, I don't think we have seen a cloud since arriving in Europe and it has been quite warm. Paris was wonderful, we spent most of our time just...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Reims

We had parked up for the night on a small Camping Aire close to the town centre with free overnight parking for 10 motorhomes. Fortunately for us lots of French towns & cities provide this type of Aire for motorhomes & most are free. We did spend a couple of hours wandering around the town last night but the decision was made to push on directly South as all the WW1 sites I planned to visit in this area are closed at this time. Yesterday had been a beautiful sunny day but very cold & it was down to freezing overnight but it is nice & cosy...

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