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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 11 of 12: Week 9 Champagne, 19 - 26 May

Not a long trip this week, so we stopped in the hilltop town of Laon for a wander and a very nice lunch. We also stopped in Martigny-Courpierre to see the wonderful Art Deco church.

Our last gite was in the champagne village of Bouzy - what a great name. How we felt after several bottles of bubbly over the week - from a champagne house in Oger. On Sunday we went into Epernay, booked a late afternoon tour at Moet before driving the wine route south.

Monday morning was very wet, but it stopped early afternoon. So we took a short drive up to the Faux de Verzy which is a forest of gnarled and misshapen beech trees. A lovely place to wile away an hour or two and would be most impressive in winter with no leaves.

The fog set in and lasted until Thursday midday. So the views we hoped to see were "murky" to say the least. But we still enjoyed our drives around the countryside. We drove along the Marne as far as Dornans with its impressive war memorial. Also to Chalons and out to L'Epine with its cathedral. Had another nice lunch here. We did go down to Troyes which has a lovely old center. But the work going on meant we did not see it at its best.

Friday dawned a beautiful day of course as it was our last day. One last day to wander the country and pretty villages. Our special last night dinner was at a pretty restaurant in nearby Tours sur Marne. Very nice.

Hard to believe nine weeks is over. We had all day to meander our way back to CDG, so took lots of green scenic roads, had a huge lunch to keep us going and dropped off the car late afternoon before flying out at 11:30pm.

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