Beyond Epernay- to Hautvillers, Troyes and Chalons-en-Champagne…

Hautvillers is pretty little village 15 minutes out of Epernay. Dom Pierre Perignon was a Benedictine monk serving as a cellar-master in the Abbey of Saint-Pierre d’Hautvillers. Under his stewardship white wines in the region improved but it is apparently a myth that he invented Champagne- that came much later. However his contribution is highly regarded. Statue in the grounds of Moët et Chandon Champagne … Continue reading Beyond Epernay- to Hautvillers, Troyes and Chalons-en-Champagne…

Enticing and elegant Epernay …

Over the last few days we have discovered there is a lot to love about Epernay. It is a very pretty, laid-back place, where champagne flows freely day and night, and where the ambience is enticing… We have walked the elegant tree-lined Avenue de Champagne several times a day, in search of breakfasts, champagne tastings and simply exploring this lovely place. Tastings are readily available … Continue reading Enticing and elegant Epernay …

Pretty Grimaud and a last stroll in Saint-Tropez

Another leisurely start to the day was in order as the intensity of our Spanish schedule looms. Tomorrow we set off of Marseille, but today we wanted to get our fill on our final day on Cote d’Azur, so we set of for the nearby medieval village of Grimaud – and it is delightful! It is picturesque, with tiny lanes, flower-draped doorways and amazing views, especially … Continue reading Pretty Grimaud and a last stroll in Saint-Tropez