Instead of the Eurotunnel we took the ferry and what a sail.The weather was beautiful and we sat on deck the whole way, watching the white cliffs disappear and Calais beach arrive.
|Calais beach as we arrived on the ferry|
Sunday we had a 250 mile drive to Epernay in the Champagne region, we did stop on the way for a coffee at Laon but didn't stay out the car for long as the temperature was 38.5C so hot.
|View from Laon Notre Dame across |
the land we'd just travelled
|Picnic in the vines|
The highlight for me was visiting our favourite champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte. We were the only people on the tour ( August is the vine growers holiday so everywhere was open but very quiet).The tour was the best of the three we went on, our guide was lovely. We bought quite a few gifts in the shop and she gave me a book about the company as a gift. I had looked at it but it was 30 euro so didn't buy it.
Here's a few pictures about all our visits.
|Castellane Champagne caves|
|Mercier barrel taken to Paris by 24 oxen|
in 1900 - it took 8 days
|Outside Moet & Chandon - we didn't visit |
their caves as it's not a favourite fizz
|Nicolas Feuillatte - our favourite - big bottle please|
|Resting in the Garden of Vines|
|Nick in his Nicolas Feuillatte cap |
- one of our purchases
|Mumm windmill - they do all their corporate |
entertaining here - my invite is on it's way :)
|Lighthouse in the middle of the vines|
|At the top of the Lighthouse -|
Reims is in the background
|Reims Petit Train - I do love these|
|Reims Notre Dame|
We do love France and will be visiting next summer, probably Etaples again, and I'm sure a weekend before then. I hope you enjoyed our photos - it's an area I would recommend and it doesn't have to cost a fortune, unlike some of the bottles a of fizz!!