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It's no surprise that something as good as champagne comes from a place as pretty as this! Blue sky, flowers and grape vines make the perfect setting to hop between all the local small champagne houses and taste the bubbly. Visiting the Champage...
20 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France
This was the only champagne house we did not get to see. Due to an overwhelming amount of visitors we needed to make a reservation and we did not know that as the other champagne houses were not as crowded. Our fault for not doing our homework...
Champagne Collard-Picard have opened a new showroom on the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay. This street has become one of my favorite streets in the world due to a large number of champagne houses on each side of the road. Practically, you exit one...
Avenue de Champagne, Épernay, France
Avenue de Champagne is precisely that, a street with champagne houses all along it, on both sides. It's a must visit while in Épernay if you want to try different champagnes. I would not recommend it if you have small children or even older ones....
68 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France
You'll take a subterranean train to see the caves and taste some of their champagne. Pictured here is the world's largest wine cask Mercier used in 1889 to advertise his company. The caves are on the same street with Moet and the others so you...
1 Place des Droits de l'Homme, 51100 Reims, France
I was lucky enough to tag along on a recent media trip that my wine writer husband was invited to attend. We went to the Champagne region of France for what else? Champagne! After touring the region, tasting champagnes and stuffing my stomach full...
Le Chêne Plat, 51480 Cumières, France
A basic bed and breakfast located in a small commune southeast of Hautvillers, Le Chene Plat stands out for its proprietor, the master sommelier Renaud Pate (shown). He speaks English and generously shares his deep knowledge of wine. Doubles from...
88 Rue d'Eguisheim, 51160 Hautvillers, France
In the village of Hautvillers, in France's Champagne region, this has to be the most perfect spot for a tasting. The friendly, English-speaking family provides a warm welcome, and you don't need an appointment to sip and enjoy their wines along...
41 Rue des Buttes, 51160 Hautvillers, France
Picking grapes isn't all work - here some harvesters have lifted up Vincent Bliard, a family winemaker in Hautviller, France. These pickers, who all have other jobs, gather every year to harvest the Bliard family's grapes. Some have been returning...
Freyr 12, 5540 Hastière, Belgium
With hundreds of castles and chateaux in Belgium, open to the public, it's hard to know which ones to visit. The castle of Freÿr, in Wallonia, is a great place to start. This grand building has remained in the same family for 20 generations and...
Estrada de Monserrate, 2710-405 Sintra, Portugal
While the tourist hordes in beautiful Sintra, Portugal, are flocking to Pena Palace, head instead to Monserrate. The gardens here are massive and have been recently restored. We wandered here for hours without hardly seeing another person. The...
2 Rue du Château, 64000 Pau, France
If you're looking for the prefect French vacation destination, the picturesque city of Pau, in Southwest France, may just have it all. Its location is perfect, almost equidistant from the stunning Pyrenees Mountains, for hiking and skiing, and the...
2 Place des Alpilles, 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
A Trek Travel culinary journey biking through Provence begins with a Provençal cooking experience with Michelin-starred Chef Xavier Mathieu at the prestigious Le Phébus hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Luberon, chef Mathieu reinterprets...
4 Rue de la Herse, 68000 Colmar, France
An incredible French restaurant called Les Bateliers lies over the water just near the Rue Turenne Bridge in Colmar, France, providing a one of a kind view of the colorful historical architecture. If you had to choose one place to eat in Colmar,...
84220 Gordes, France
In the early hours of a summer morning I visited the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque in Provence near the crumbling hill town of Gordes. It was completely silent, with not a soul about. A purple swathe of lavender cut a dash as it graced the old...
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