Day Trip To The Champagne Region Part One

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A good friend bought us a gift for our wedding which was both thoughtful & fun, a voucher for Viator to use on our honeymoon, we chose a day trip from Paris out to the Champagne region of France.  It was a guided tour of the region including a couple of stops at different wineries & lunch.  The tour guide picked us up from our hotel nice and early and was full of interesting information to tell us as we drove through Paris, luckily for us we only had one other couple who would be joining the tour, it turned out they were also Australian newlyweds on their honeymoon!  The drive out was fantastic, excitedly chatting away to both the guide and the other couple, all four of us looking forward to the bubbly we were about to partake in, wheat fields trimmed with wild lavender zipped by & the horizon was peppered with fluffy clouds that looked like they had been painted onto the bright blue sky.  The drive was a few hours long so we stopped halfway for a coffee break & to stretch our legs, as we started to get closer to our destination we passed over striking rivers with blue green water edged with ginormous waterlilies reminiscent of a Monet painting, we then entered into a dark forest that encircles the edge of the heavily regulated Champagne Region.  We visited two wineries; the first a long held family run establishment that was generations old.  The second, which we visited after lunch, was one of the big names – GH Mumm.  Unfortunately the Moet & Chandon factory was closed at the time of our tour, but we did drive up an extremely steep hill to take a look at their vines, the grapes were still a raw green, some time away from being ready to be picked.  Our first stop of the day after the hill was a visit to the information hub which included a gift shop selling everything and anything champagne related – did you know they made champagne face cream?  The lady from the tourist centre took us on a tour of the vines and gave us a lengthy presentation on the region which was informative but also interesting (sometimes those things can drag on but this wasn’t the case), I would like to write about what she told us but there was so too much to list.  Lunch was a mouth watering selection of French cuisine, sat outside on a shaded terrace with good conversation & a few glasses of the local tipple.  As you can imagine after so much indulgence and such a big day the drive back to Paris consisted of a lot of snoring (everyone but me and the guide), I was too enthralled, still, at the sight of the French countryside to fall asleep!  La vie est belle.

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