Sunday, May 5, 2013

Champagne Wishes

After our stay in both Ypres and Luxembourg (via the Eurotunnel), it was time to make our way to the Champagne District of France.  This is where we met up with our friends, Sarah and Stephen,
to enjoy lots and lots of that bubbly stuff.

When I started editing my photos to tell you about Reims and Epernay, the two places we visited, I realized that I didn't actually have very many photographs of the cities.  All of my pictures are of Champagne and everything that goes along with it.  And I'm saving those for later posts about the specific houses that we visited.
You'll just have to take my word that they are both beautiful cities.

We stayed two nights in Reims and spent our time strolling around, visiting the Champagne Houses and experiencing the wonderful French food on offer.
(I also managed to find some really good fajitas which was a treat.)

I won't even tell you how many plates of Steak Tartare were consumed by the guys
 and glasses of Champagne by the girls. I'll just tell you it ranks right up there with our best trips.
I love traveling with my Englishman,
but add another Texan and a Canadian to the Champagne cocktail and things get fun!

I couldn't leave you hanging on the photos, so as we were leaving Reims
I insisted that Matt stop just long enough for me to take some pictures of one site.
We had every intention of visiting the Notre-Dame de Reims, but somehow never got around to it (hiccup).  
Big mistake!

I grabbed the camera and while Matt was double parked, ran around taking pictures for just a few minutes.  

This 800 year old Cathedral where French Kings were crowned is one of the most beautiful that I've seen.
I wasn't going to venture inside, just get some quick shots of the exterior.  But I couldn't resist. 

Even at the risk of Matt honking the horn for me to hurry, I'm so glad that I did.
It took my breath away.  I looked up and it seemed as if the ceiling was miles away.  There are windows high up and with the natural sunlight shining through gives the soaring space a hazy, ethereal quality.
If felt like stepping back through the mists of time.  I wondered if Matt would still be waiting for me when I exited, or if maybe I would be greeted by medieval clerics.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know how much I love gargoyles and grotesques.  This cathedral wins the prize for the most interesting ones I've seen so far.
Rhinos and donkeys and ... warthogs? Oh, my. The level of detail is mesmerizing.


 I wish we had taken more time to visit.  Looks like we will just have to go back.
My next several posts will be about the four Champagne houses we visited
and what we learned about the process of making the bubbly stuff.

Take a quick look at this 38 second video...

In future travels, I want to start incorporating video
and this is my very first, very amateur attempt.
I have so much to learn!

Hope you are having a lovely bubbly weekend!!  

My Champagne House Reviews:
Moët & Chandon
G.H. Mumm



  1. Amazing photographs! The cathedral is incredible - so glad you were able to get those pictures. Sounds like you had an great time and now I have another place to add to my ever growing list. Love reading about all your adventures and the pictures make me feel like I have been....except I haven't....yet. All in good time.

  2. Thanks, Gina. We need to get a girl's trip on our calendar!! The list is growing. And if nothing else, we could meet up for a Champagne lunch instead of our usual wine lunch. :)

  3. HappyHomemakerUKMay 5, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    The church reminds me of the book, 'Pillars Of The Earth'. It gave me such a new appreciation for those ceilings!

    I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite between the French and English countryside - both are my very favorite spots in the whole world :) I haven't been to the Champagne area yet, but your photos capture it beautifully.

  4. Annie @ knitsofactoMay 6, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Oh wow! That cathedral!!!

    (Selena I just tried to subscribe following the link you give below your name and just keep getting thrown out, thought you should know.)

  5. Thanks so much for letting me know Annie! I think I fixed it. Let me know if you have any more trouble.

  6. Aw. Now I have a new book to add to my reading list. Thanks for mentioning it. It looks very good. Thanks for commenting. We need to have another bloggers lunch, don't you think?

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