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Day 4 Épernay – Moët et Chandon Caves Tour

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I booked this tour before I even left Australia. I had to drink real French champagne in the champagne region in France. I never knew how to pronounce “Moët”. Most Australians say something like “Mo-ee”. I learnt the T is actually pronounced kind of like “Mo-et”. Aussies take note!

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I chose which bottles I would get to test (I chose the most expensive one – I’d come half way around the world for this!), I got my tickets and waited for the tour to start.

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We then had our chance to taste test 2 champagnes. They turned out to be full glasses. I hadn’t eaten a proper meal since breakfast, so I was rather drunk by the time I left!

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Day 4 Épernay – Wandering The Town

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Arriving in Épernay i headed toward the Église Notre-Dame, just across the park from the station. Unfortunately it was closed, but it had really cool doors!

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It was time to head to the Avenue de Champagne and see all the champagne houses. I also had to find the Moët et Chandon caves, for my tour later in the afternoon. It’s a great street to see all the different champagne houses (and their cool doors), most of which I had never heard of!

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Day 4 Reims – Wandering The Town

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When I left the station at Reims, I turned left and walked through a lovely park and headed towards La Porte de Mars, an old Roman ruin.

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Mars Gate is the only remaining monumental gate built in the first part of the 3rd century and giving access to the Roman city of Durocortorum.
I then headed along the pedestrian street Place Drouet d’ergon which was where their christmas markets were being held. I kept going until I came to Rue de Vesle.

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I then made my way to the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. It is truly worth the visit.

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Excavations have shown that the present building occupies roughly the same site as the original cathedral, founded c.400 under the episcopacy of St Nicaise. That church was rebuilt during the Carolingian period and further extended in the 12th century. On 19 May 1051, King Henry I of France and Anne of Kiev were married in the cathedral. Whilst conducting the Council of Reims in 1131, Pope Innocent II anointed and crowned the future Louis VII in the cathedral.

After leaving the cathedral, I made my way back to the station, stopping in at the park out the front of the station.

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I headed into the station to catch my train to Épernay.

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Day 4 Paris – Gare de l'Est

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I got up quite early and took the Metro to Gare de l'Est. My train went to Bar le Duc (it was free as part of my Eurail ticket and it was a slow train).

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I only went as far as Épernay, where I changed trains to Reims.

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Day 4 Champagne Region – Europe 2013 Holiday

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I did a day trip to the Champagne Region. I really wanted to drink French Champagne in the French Champagne region.
I went to Reims and Épernay.

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The will break up the posts as below:
• Gare de l'Est
• Reims
• Épernay wandering part 1
• Moët et Chandon Caves Tour
• Épernay wandering part 2
The average temperature for the day was 4 degrees C (39F), and I did 20,679 steps on my fitbit.

Posted by Shona Travels 04:24 Archived in France Tagged landscapes mountains buildings skylines people sky trains france champagne europe2013 Comments (0)

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