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51160 Hautvillers, France
I love this tongue-in-cheek prayer that someone has posted on their house in the Champagne village of Hautvillers. Here's the translation: MORNING PRAYER Give me health for a long time, Work, not too often, Love, from time to time, But Champagne...
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Reims, France
The Champagne region is about 120 kilometers away from Paris and is made up mainly of the city of Reims and the quaint town of Epernay. The area is everything you pictured it to be: cobblestone streets winding past outdoor cafés, gothic churches...
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Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France
Our Lady of Reims Cathedral is where the kings of France were once crowned....
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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...
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5 Place du Général Gouraud, 51100 Reims, France
Of all the major champagne estates in the area, Pommery offers the best tour. Dress warmly to explore the 20-million-bottle cellars, many set in old Roman chalk mines. 33/(0) 32-661-6263. Read "A Certain Sparkle". This appeared in the...
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Reims, France
Underground tour was very informative, about 60 feet below street level, and ended with a tasting...
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Reims, France
I would almost travel back for this one...
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Reims, France
If you find yourself making the 1 1/2 hour journey from Paris to Reims, you may be on your way to tour the authentic champagne vineyards of France. This city has much more to offer than just bubbly, though. A lovely little downtown is home to...
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Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France
We ended our wonderful weekend getaway in Champagne region with the visit of the Notre-Dame de Reims - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the coronation place of the kings of France. The Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures....
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5 Place du Général Gouraud, 51100 Reims, France
Pommery Champagne is one of the best known in the world but this has nothing to do with their taste in 'art." The business does have a connection with the art movement, having supported the arts and still displaying modern art deep in their...
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25 Place Drouet d'Erlon, 51100 Reims, France
While in Reims for my birthday, I was hoping to find a special restaurant to celebrate with my lovely lady. In one of the champagne shops, I asked a nice young lady for recommendations. She was a local and worked in a champagne shop so really,...
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69 Place Drouet d'Erlon, 51100 Reims, France
Being a big Ernest "Papa" Hemingway fan, I was thrilled when I saw this restaurant cum cafe cum cigar-puffing joint in downtown Reims in the heart of the Champagne region. I didn't eat here but returned after seeing the light show on the cathedral...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
The story goes that Thibauld IV of Champagne returned from the Crusade bringing two things, the beautiful roses, planted today right at the entrance, and the Chardonnay grapes. However, the Chardonnay grape, as demonstrated by a team of...
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5 Place du Général Gouraud, 51100 Reims, France
The caves Pommery were the last on our champagne tour. The estate is very impressive. Going inside will impress you as well. The waiting area is massive and has a bar area where you can buy champagne glasses. On the opposite side they have the...
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68 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France
On the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay you can discover the beautiful cellars of the Mercier Champagne House which were founded in 1858 by Eugène Mercier, at only 20 years old. In 1870, the cellars were built stretching across a single level and...
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Épernay, France
Épernay is not just famous for it's Avenue de Champagne which features the leading Champagne manufacturers....Épernay is also a gorgeous little commune that is really worth exploring. There is an abundance of fabulous architecture and really nice...
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Épernay, France
A trip to Épernay is a must while visiting Champagne Region. It hosts many of the well known champagne houses like Moet & Chandon. It's a pretty impressive sight, the street is very elegant and the architecture imposing, the majority of the...
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Épernay, France
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...
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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...
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Épernay, France
The gorgeous park right across the street from Moet & Chandon Champagne house is the perfect place to relax and recover after a day of drinking champagne on Avenue de Champagne. It's at the end of the Avenue so it almost feels like the right thing...
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Épernay, France
The perfect place to rest after walking up and down Avenue du Champagne and trying all the different champagnes is in this beautiful park in Épernay. It's right across the street from the Moet & Chandon and from this gazebo you have perfect views...
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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...
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Épernay, France
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...
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4 Rue de Châlons, 51130 Vertus, France
This has to be the best hot salad I have ever had, anywhere. That day we had only breakfast and the rest of the day we had champagne only so by the time we got to dinner we were starving. We got to the La Comedia restaurant and immediately decided...
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61 Rue du Général de Gaulle, 51530 Pierry, France
Visitors who stay at this restored 18th-century chateau, about six miles south of the grape-growing village of Hautvillers, feel like house-guests, especially when gathered for dinner at the communal table. Owner Elisabeth Vollereaux prepares...
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Rue du Dessous des Clos, 51160 Hautvillers, France
Ceramicist Mathilde Vernillet makes and sells her pottery in a tiny workshop and storefront just off the main square in Hautvillers. Choose among practical containers and dinnerware with lustrous glazes and meticulously perforated, lace-like art...
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178 Rue Henri Martin, 51160 Hautvillers, France
Peruse artifacts of Champagne’s viticultural history at this Hautvillers antique shop. Take home old corkscrews, wooden grape-picking baskets, and champagne buckets burnished with the patina of celebrations past. 33/(0) 32-659-3981. Read "A...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
I helped pick these beautiful grapes destined to become Champagne. The harvest usually takes place in September, and it's a wonderful time to visit Champagne. These particular grapes are organic, grown by the Bliard family of Hautvillers. I wrote...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
Champagne is a vast patchwork of vineyards, but they've been divided over the years until some plots are just a few rows. Three types of grapes go into a classic Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. I picked all three of them when...
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Faux de Verzy, 51380 Verzy, France
Thrill-seeking visitors can soar high in the forest canopy on zip lines and ropes courses in this adventure park near Reims. For a different kind of heart-racing experience, cross the suspended footbridge to access the Perching Bar, a modern...
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51160 Ay, France
My month in Paris was amazing, but one of my trip highlights was the day spent in the Champagne region, visiting vineyards and champagne houses - particularly the underground labyrinth bursting with the world's best champagne at the Moet & Chandon...
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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...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
Nearly everyone in the village of Hautvillers has a handmade sign on their home that reflects their profession - and nearly every profession is something related to making Champagne. It's wonderful to stroll around the town where Dom Perignon...
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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...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
The soil in Champagne is amazingly white and chalky, which creates the perfect growing condition for Champagne's three traditional grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. I wrote about the Champagne harvest for AFAR magazine. Click on...
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Prinsengracht 112, 1015 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Just down the street from the Anne Frank House is the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. It feels more like a shop, shelves filled to the ceiling with a huge variety of Dutch cheeses, including the world-famous gouda and edam varieties. If you are strolling...