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Sep 19, 2011 - From Belgian beer to French wine

The weather in Bruges (most of Belgium, for that matter) is similar to Seattle: variable, with overcast and showers common, but glorious when the sun shines. During our 4 days in Bruges we experienced it all, although it was more good than bad. While I had noted that Thursday and Friday were sunny and warm, Saturday turned cool and windy - a great day to enjoy the indoor activites in the city. There are a couple of great museums in the city, the best, in our opinion, being the Groeninge. Not only because it is fun and challenging to...

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Nov 10, 2010 - Safely Arrived!

We have arrived safely! We have crossed the Black Forest and the Vosges as well as the Danube, the Rhine and the Moselle. Mixed weather again but we did manage to see the beautiful scenery. We diverted slightly from the route to enjoy lunch with our friends George and Eila Walker in Strasbourg. What a treat! The group met at the last services before Reims to drive into the city together. The bollards in front of the cathedral had been lifted for us to park our cars and take photographs. We are going to have an extra drink tonight as...

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Rallye Med 2010

Nov 8, 2010 - Reims

We make a last tour of Metz and happen upon the Pompidou Center – quite a piece of modern architecture! Then onto a Citroen dealer where we buy four wheel-covers to replacement the ones which were stolen in Nerja, Spain. Success, the forth dealership we have tried and voila, they have in stock! Everywhere in France we have seen that the wars, and appreciation for liberation, are still a very vital part of their conscientiousness. Today is no exception for our main destination today is Verdun – an area in Lorraine that was the location of...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Champagne! campagna

Sorry for the delay for those who have been patiently awaiting a new update from us. we have had our challenges with accessing internet to post pictures and updates.. alas, we have found access. so, where did we leave off? ah yes, heading to Champagne...that s right, the only place in the world that produces champagne. We took the train to Epernay, just east of paris. spent three days there, first day to find ourselves, the second to find out that the only tour in the vineyards was closed on wednesday, ah well, just another day eating...

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Aug 18, 2010 - Our Champagne Lifestyle

As it was still raining, we thought we’d push on through to Reims, and the Champagne Triangle, made up of Reims, Epernay and Champagne. I’d always fancied visiting, as it’s one of my favourite things, and it was amazing to drive through rolling hills covered in vineyards and to see markers beside the vines with those familiar names of Moet & Chandon on. It was quite strange to be driving around these beautiful little villages with their red-tiled roofs and Prisoner-like quietness, and to see Veuve Cliquot or Laurent Perrier written up on...

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Jul 12, 2010 - A tour of the cellars

I woke up today to a heavy downpour of rain. I was not very happy but after breakfast it had let up a bit. I decided that I would just deal with it and walk without raingear. I walked out to a couple wineries and decided which one I wanted to go on. I signed up for the 330 time slot. Then I went to another church that was nearby to waste some time. The church was very cute. I could tell upon entering it that people actually worshiped her and called it their church. There were fresh flowers everywhere. It was one of my favorite churches so...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Champange here I come

I went to the train station to buy my ticket to Reims this morning and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price. To travel to Reims is a 45 minute train ride and it cost me 30 euros! I must have been spoiled in Italy because I never paid over 20 euros, even for the longest journey. I got to Reims and had to first find a place to stay. I had heard of a hostel there so I walked to it in hopes of having a room open for two nights. Sure enough they did. This hostel was very big and not many people spoke english so I felt very alone. It...

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Jun 10, 2010 - Eurobiffs 2010-champagne region

We continued southward on our skate trip round Europe through rolling hills and picturesque farmland of northern france. Along the way I learned several new things about a country I had studied and lived next door to, but had never actually visited. Things like the price of tolls, where we would find showers and the pure horror of French roadside toilets. Most toilets, I discovered were merely holes in the ground that I was supposed to stand or squat over, I mean what?I chose to opt out of that and go for my business in the bushes,I feel...

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Aug 27, 2009 - Reims - and for dessert we get Champagne

Bonjour encour mes cheres amis: Our last stop in France is Reims, smack dab in the middle of Champagne region. The actual vineyards are some kilometres away from the town of Reims itself where all the big champagne houses are. As mentioned to a few friends and colleagues we're not much into the winery/cave tours and yet another rendition of how they make and bottle the stuff (Brian having been provincial rep for a wine co-op for two years and being on several such trips). We just wanted easy access. Nevertheless, we strolled trough town and...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Reims - Leaving for the French Countryside

We woke up bright and shiny Grampa forgot to change his watch and got us up at 6 so we could leave by 9. Ahh Grampa!!! We packed up our apartment and our suitcases (Gramma and Grampa were trying to fit the last of their purchases in their backpacks; you buy it you pack it was their motto) and headed off on our last subway ride to the airport. Once there we said our good byes and kisses and we were off to the rental car agency. Lining up unknowingly/optimistically behind the National Estonian Hunting Team we began our wait. Little did we...

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Margerm Europe 2009

Apr 28, 2009 - Paris to Epernay,France

Bonjour... sorry these updates are 3 days behind, had no internet for a few days. Sadly we farewelled Paris this morning and our cute apartment. The bags have got heavier and we had to drag them all down the 4 flights of stairs...mission. Then, to the Metro station, another few major lots of stairs, but we got there. Got off Metro and had to walk to Peugeot centre where we picked up our brand new Peugeot 308 sw car!! It is blue and his name is Gus, and Jane is our friendly GPS to tell us where to go (although she has gone wrong once). so...

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Apr 18, 2009 - Day 16, Reims

Disclaimer: This blog was never really meant for anyone to read other than Eunice and I as a way to remember every day of our trip, but if you happen to be here, welcome! Be prepared for some internal jokes or jargon that only Eunice and I use though. :) --- Our objective today is to visit Champagne cellars, but unfortunately, Veuve Clicquot is already fully booked, and Piper Heidsieck is no longer having tours (or did they already close down?). We decided to go to Tattinger first, but realized we can only book later, so we walked back to...

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