Champagne-Ardenne

Langres Haute-Marne | The secret part of Champagne

Written by on November 16, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne
Langres Haute-Marne | The secret part of Champagne

  Haute-Marne, the secret part of Champagne The Haute-Marne department of Champagne is not as famous as its sister department the Marne. There you’ll discover the legendary towns of  Reims and Epernay, famous for their Champagne domains and much more. Haute-Marne though, is a beautiful part of the region and there’s lots to discover here […]

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L’Abbaye d’Auberive in the Haute Marne Champagne

Written by on October 20, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne
L’Abbaye d’Auberive in the Haute Marne Champagne

In the southern most corner of the Haute Marne, about half an hour’s drive from the ancient town of Langres, is an extraordinary abbey. Of course, the very nature of the beast means that most abbeys are extraordinary in one way or another. But this one is special both because of its past and because […]

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Chateau de Pailly Langres Haute-Marne

Written by on September 21, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau de Pailly Langres Haute-Marne

Langres in the Haute-Marne region of Champagne is a sleepy sort of a town where people are friendly and say hello to strangers. It wasn’t always so. The original Chateau de Pailly which was built in the 11th century was destroyed by the people of Langres. They acted in retaliation for the Burgundian owner’s support […]

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Remarkable Gardens of Cohons Langres Haute-Marne

Written by on August 23, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne
Remarkable Gardens of Cohons Langres Haute-Marne

Close to Langres, that lovely languid town in Haute-Marne, Champagne, not far from the border with Burgundy, is Cohons. It’s the only commune in France to boast two classified ‘Jardins Remarquables’. Jardin de Silière The Jardin de Silière is attached to a rather lovely 17th century mansion. The owner will tell you that the people […]

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Guide to Epernay Champagne France

Written by on July 12, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Guide to Epernay Champagne France

Reims may be the capital of Champagne but to the locals of Epernay, their town is the capital of Champagne the drink. Stellar Cellars in Epernay The famous Avenue du Champagne is lined with splendiferous Champagne houses but let’s face it, no visit here is complete without a tour at the Moët et Chandon Champagne […]

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Reasons to love France No. 4 Champagne

Reasons to love France No. 4 Champagne

It’s a pretty good reason to love France I think, or rather two – Champagne the region and Champagne the drink. Both are fabulous. Champagne the region So let’s take the region. A place of vineyards and chateaux, lakes and forests, gentle hills, ancient villages and smart towns and cities like Reims and Epernay.  It’s […]

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Reims Champagne – what to see and do in the bubbly city

Written by on June 21, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Reims Champagne – what to see and do in the bubbly city

Reims, the capital of Champagne, is the sort of city where you can indulge yourself, it’s small enough to walk everywhere, big enough to offer something to suit just about everyone. And, of course, its a place where the bubbles pop! Stellar Cellars in Reims You can’t go to Reims and not visit a Champagne […]

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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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