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Champagne | A Sparkling Visit

7.21.2015
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France

As part of my brother's visit to Paris, we drove two hours northeast of the city to spend a few days discovering the region of Champagne. Throughout its history, champagne has been consumed at coronations and celebrations, and his being here was as special as any big event, so it was a fine excuse to go and raise a celebratory glass or two...

The Champagne region is dotted with well known champagne houses as well as smaller but equally reputable producers. We toured several, marveled at their 4th century chalk pits and bas-relief carvings and passed rows upon rows of carefully stored bottles of dust-covered champagne, romantic and regal in their pre-label suits.

For me, the most memorable part of our trip was our stay next to the vineyards of a multi-generation family-run champagne house that doubles as a bed and breakfast. Their champagne rivals the big houses, and on our last evening we thought it fitting to top off the trip with a champagne picnic on their terrace, watching the sun set over the vines, toasting and talking of returning together again one day...

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25 comments

  1. Wow, this is the France I have only imagined. Great images.

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  2. I love the row upon row of vines and the stacked bottles. Such beautiful countryside! Sounds like a happy visit with your brother.

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  3. Beautiful photos! Great depth of field and I love the black and white wine bottles. Looks like a wonderful place to visit!!!

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  4. From your photos, Catherine, it is easy to see that a wonderful time was had enjoying this area. I enjoyed the rows of glasses and the feast in the last photo...which made me hungry.

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  5. I mean… oh my dear! These photos are BREATH TAKING! Your photography has grown leaps & bounds since my last visit! Not to mention, this part of France is everything & more. So gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this trip with us, Catherine! I am so jealous :) Much love to you, friend!

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    1. Ohh Jamie, I've been thinking about you and your newest little one! I hope you and your family are doing well and getting some sleep... thank you for your visit and kindest words (mmwaaahh!)... xoxo

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    2. Sending you all sorts of love right back!

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  6. What a wonderful way to spend time on your brother's visit. These are all so stunning!

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  7. perfection, Catherine! just beautiful! and what an apt way to celebrate your brother's visit!

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  8. Wow! What amazing photos! I love the different angles of them, very artistic. :-) Thank you for sharing!


    Greetings from Sweden!

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    1. Thank you for visiting from Sweden... hope to make it there one day!

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  9. These are all great shots, but that first one is extra-special.
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/bug-eyes.html

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  10. I have never been to Champagne. I would love to go one day, your pictures are so beautiful

    Mollyxxx

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  11. What a delightful time you had. You have taken some beautiful photos and your picnic lunch looks wonderful!

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  12. Such lovely photos! It makes me want to go there! :)

    http://quaintful.blogspot.com/

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  13. photographs are amazing!!

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  14. What a dreamy place! My favorite image is the first one, with the green field and the farm in the distance. Memorable, indeed!

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  15. I truly can't imagine how beautiful this must be in person. Seems so idyllic and just what the doctor ordered. So glad you had a wonderful time with your brother!

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  16. Thank you all so much for your very kind words :) xo

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  17. Love these photos! It looks like aa gorgeous place to visit! Thank you for sharing in the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

    Erika @whaterikawears.com

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  18. I found you through Wednesday around the world and glad I did. Would love you to come and linkup up at #TheWeeklyPostcard too. Your photographs beautiful.

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  19. Your story and pictures remind me of my visit there with my parents: rows and piles of resting champagne - I could not understand what all the fuss was about back then ;-) Glad to hear that you could share this with your family, these are special moments when you live far away.

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  20. I love this! On our flight back from Norway, I watched 'A Year in Champagne' and it was wonderful. Definitely adding it to our trip next summer. Beautiful images, Catherine.

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