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... prior to the 13th C, wars, fires and a hurricane taking their toll. It was spared the ravages of both the WW's, with its elaborate facade dating from the 16th C. The stained glass windows are magnificent. The traditional rose is just beautiful, while the windows depict scenes from the bible.
Its now dark by 6pm. A slow drive home through the fading countryside ignoring the scattered raindrops.
... for a campsite on the Lac d'Orient.
We were now in Champagne, but we still passed through miles of arable farmland, with not a vine in site
We found the campsite - Les Rives du Lac, ACSI 14 e, easily. Only the hardstanding pitches were in use - we found a really big one.. The toilets ...
... the good stuff; a group running round in a circle having the time of their lives; a barefooted folk band happily strumming away on banjo’s and the like; strange amateur dramatic mime performances that didn’t make any sense.... you get the drift... definitely a hippy festival.
In fact we later learnt in was a famous International ...
A 5:30 wake up call (two days in a row now) got us up in time to catch the 7:35 ferry to Calais. A full P&O English breakfast was well deserved. The long autoroute journey began. A longish drive got us to Reims before the kids could really work up into full 'are we there yet' mode! There we had a very interesting and tasty tour of the Taittinger ...
... of speed about it. Late on this morning, I stumbled across a mother deer with a tiny doe trailing behind her. I was surprised they didn't sense my presence sooner, but once they did they were off like a shot across the fields. I managed to take a photo of them but it was only when they were far away enough in a field to risk looking back at where I might be.
All in all, it was a great day to be walking the Via Francigena.