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Travel Blogs from Joigny
... was all about the ocean.
Joelle and Willie, Joelle’s twin Martine, her parents
Christiana and Robert, along with neighbours and old friends from The Vendee, Nice,
Corsica and Paris welcomed the non-French speakers warmly. Friends performed folk songs from the past.
The Australian contingent sang (badly!) Walzing Matilda!
A splendid weekend …. I had almost forgotten about Le
... the fruit is grown, from the bottom to the top, Petit Chablis, then Chablis, Premier Cru and then at the top is Grand Cru. We traveled around the region within say 20 klms of the main town Chablis to look at the countryside, the vines are all grown up on hillsides and it just depends which level you are and which way you face. The soil for the grand Cru is a very harsh soil with lots of rock. The vines are tightly planted and ...
... alas John has the wrong colour socks on. We took a Champagne tourist route through the countryside south, right along the vine growing appellation contrôlée. There are so many small houses that you have no understanding about, they would be in the hundreds. Now for the little nugget of absolute gold. We, the house of Lucas actually have our very own understated Chateau, it is located in the small village of Etoges which is about ...
... the choice of locally selected wines! Not one bad one! At least I can't remember if an inferior one slipped through!
Whilst we have attempted the regional fare a couple of times, by far the best restaurant is the one on board the Grand Cardinal. Risotto, coq au vin, saucisson and choucroute, l’agneau, salads at lunchtime, pain au tradionale with a pain au chocolate ...
We were up way too early to catch our train to Montargis. Although we were probably not up early enough - we almost missed it. The stations are huge, so when you need to change lines, it's not always as close as you might think, especially when you need to swap from Metro to the regional service. Thankfully France has an excellent train system, and it was always easy to find the next connection.
Benjamin picked us up ...