It was bright and crisp as I made my way toward busy central Paris, smiling to myself and thinking that only a Champagne tasting could get me out of bed this early on holiday. After a prompt registration at the tour operator’s office, I climbed to the top deck of the luxury coach that would take my friend and me on a day trip from Paris to the famous Champagne region. The knowledgeable English-speaking guide entertained guests through the capital’s morning traffic, pointing at landmarks and feeding our minds with fun bits of trivia along the way to the green rolling hills of northern France.
With its rolling hills, miles of vineyards and wide open spaces, the Champagne-Ardenne Region of France just begs for time spent outdoors. And what better way to indulge in the region’s most famous product than with some fresh local food! Here are our favorite picnic spots in Champagne.
Champagne is arguably the world’s most favorite adult beverage, and everyone seems to have their favorite brand. But did you know that the champagne houses of the region around Reims have histories going back centuries?
Visiting a new region of France can be daunting. Everyone knows Paris, but it’s hard to know what to expect elsewhere. And when it comes to the Champagne region of France, it can be even harder – can you really taste champagne there? Are vineyards open? Should you plan for just a day trip, or […]
Is a Champagne vineyard winter visit even worth it? Well, that depends on which vineyard you want to visit. It is absolutely crucial that you check ahead to ensure that someone will be there to welcome you. Surprisingly, it is the smaller wine makers who always have someone on site to at least have a tasting.
Given its eponymous bubbly elixir, the Champagne region of France is rightly famous and a top day trip from Paris in the neighboring region. But this also means that there are some towns in Champagne that are flush with visitors – Épernay, Châlons-en-Champagne, and Reims – while others have yet to be discovered by the throngs. These less visited towns are the ones where daily life is lived, and give you a real look at France outside of Paris. Here are some of our favorite “secret” places in the Champagne-Ardenne.
If you’re thinking of taking your first road trip while visiting France, a Champagne region road trip is a great choice. You’re never that far from Paris; it’s drop-dead gorgeous; and there’s lots to see and do.
The Champagne region, just east of the region where Paris is located, is an excellent destination for day trips of all kinds – from outdoorsy activities like hikes to more leisurely pursuits like wine and Champagne tasting. But it’s not all vineyards and parks; residents throughout the region celebrate all manner of events, all year long. Here are our favorite festivals in Champagne.
Like a classic Bordeaux or a hearty Burgundy, Champagne is named after the wine region in which it is produced. But the Champagne-Ardenne geographical region is home to many vineyards that grow all kinds of grapes and produce many different types of wine. If you’re looking for a wine tasting trip near Paris but aren’t […]