Stopped off at some random point on the road and hiked up to an old church on a hill (unfortunately closed) to take a few snapshots:
|A pretty cool photo, if I do say so myself! It looks like we were up really early in the morning, but this is actually slightly later than the photo below, it was just really hazy down in the valley. Pity the vines are still bare!|
|I look like I'm wearing a romper|
|Pensive moment in the vineyard (or am I just trying to get my hair out of my eyes?)|
We stopped off in Hautvillers and visited the grave of Dom Perignon himself, which was fun although the abbey where he's buried isn't otherwise especially noteworthy. But our lunch on the terrace at Au 36 was a highlight. The staff were actually very friendly and accommodating, which of course is not always the case in France, we shared two glasses of champers (plus an extra for me) for a very reasonable price, and they served up a delicious tapas-style selection of Reims specialities. The pâté en croute, boudin blanc and mini potato and ham galettes were to die for. And that giant pink thing on the side was a rose and raspberry macaron! Jules had the slightly less exciting duck platter, but I did let him try all of mine, so he didn't come out of it too badly.
|This one was the nicest, I think it's Perrier|
|The town hall|
|Part of Moët and Chandon's massive property, on both sides of the street. If you ever doubted there's money to be made in champagne, just come here and see the magnificent palaces the big houses occupy|
|Me and my zero dose|
|Outside de Castellane|
|We walked up a horrible spiral starcase to the first level of windows in the octagonal turret|
|I love my champagne friend!|
|View from the top - not hugely scenic, but the river was an amazing green colour|
|Our selection of champagnes for the evening|
His name is Woinic, he weighs 50 tonnes and was made out of steel by one dude pretty much just as a hobby over 11 years.
Excitement levels were very high for this boar encounter, I can tell you. What better way to finish off a lovely anniversary weekend?