Champagne-Ardenne

2017 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières Ardennes

2017 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières Ardennes

It’s bonkers and brilliant! The 19th World Puppet Festival will be held in Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes, France this year from September 16-24. This isn’t a puppet festival like any other, held every two years, it’s been listed as one of the top 20 events in the world – and rightly so. This fab fun factor festival […]

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Musee Camille Claudel Opens in France

Musee Camille Claudel Opens in France

“There is always something absent that torments me.” Camille Claudel, letter to Rodin, 1886 Being a muse is not as easy as it looks. With the opening of France’s first national museum dedicated to the talent of Rodin’s long-suffering assistant and mistress later this month, Camille Claudel (1864-1943) is finally getting the recognition that she […]

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Avenue de Champagne Epernay

Written by on October 19, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Avenue de Champagne Epernay

The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay is one of the most expensive streets in the world. At only one kilometre long, this famous Avenue is lined with grand mansions and the headquarters of many legendary Champagne houses including Pol Roger, Mercier and Moët & Chandon. It doesn’t take long to walk its hallowed paving stones […]

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Hautvillers Champagne walking in the footsteps of Dom Perignon

Written by on October 13, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Hautvillers Champagne walking in the footsteps of Dom Perignon

Hautvillers Champagne| Even though I’ve been to the Champagne region several times, after all it’s only a couple of hours drive from where I live in northern France, I’ve never been to Hautvillers. So, when I got the chance to go and meet a Champagne producer who lives just 20 minutes away and where I […]

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Buy a French Vineyard for Less than a bottle of Champagne!

Written by on October 9, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Buy a French Vineyard for Less than a bottle of Champagne!

For my birthday this year my husband asked me what I wanted. Jokingly I told him “a vineyard… not just any old vineyard but a Champagne vineyard”. Well, we’re no millionaires but my dream came true and there was change from 100 Euros. There is you see, a way to have your cake and eat it […]

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Three Stunning Towns To Visit In France In Autumn

Written by on September 12, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas de Calais
Three Stunning Towns To Visit In France In Autumn

Autumn in France, is one of the best times for a visit, whether it is to the south, the north, east or west.  The temperature is usually mild everywhere, the sun still shines, nights are cooler and crowds are thinner. After the long, lazy, languorous days of summer, there is an air of anticipation, of […]

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How To Make Champagne

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
How To Make Champagne

How to make Champagne: Become a blender for the day in Champagne, the only place where Champagne is made – all the rest are sparkling wines. Grower champagnes are very much en vogue. In a region dominated by the big houses and luxury brands, these small, family run properties, usually comprising just a few hectares […]

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The Champagne Growers Town You Can Taste

Written by on August 7, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
The Champagne Growers Town You Can Taste

I have popped corks and poured, sipped and slurped Champagne on a regular basis since falling in love with the taste at the age of 18 when someone gave me a bottle of Moet et Chandon for my birthday. I’ve drunk it for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, New Year and important occasions. Where ever and when ever there […]

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A Moment With Moët et Chandon Epernay

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, My French Life
A Moment With Moët et Chandon Epernay

I’ve loved Champagne since I was 18 years old when a boyfriend whose middle name was Rutherford gave me a bottle of Moët et Chandon for my birthday. I thought I was sophisticated, elegant and oh so posh with my heavy green bottle and its iconic label. I kept it in a cupboard in my […]

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The Historic Town Of Sedan Ardennes France

Written by on February 16, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne
The Historic Town Of Sedan Ardennes France

Sedan is an unpretentious yet energetic little town in north east France. It rests about 10 kilometres from the Belgian border on the edge of the French Ardennes. As you pass through Sedan, it may take your attention for its pretty streets and its fort – the largest in Europe but by and large it […]

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