Mercure Troyes Centre
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Wow. Thick fog. Its a good job we've walked to Peas before, as you could barely see across the vinyards. In fact, the fog was spread right across the valley and hadn't budged by our return.
Drove south to Troyes, with the fog finally dispersing by the time we arrived. The historic centre was very different to the towns and villages around Broyes and further north to Reims.
... 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 ...
... almost glad to be back in the car for another 2 hours driving!
The scenery became notably flatter with harvest fields as we approached the Champagne region. At one point we both spotted our first ever twister! OK so there weren’t cows or cars flying around but we could see the dust from the harvest being sucked up into god knows where – very cool and a first for us ...
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 ...
... tracks, quiet country roads and sleepy, well-kept villages that border the river Aube that helps give this town its name. The views are really quite special and I'm not entirely sure my phone captures them well enough.
To conclude today's events, I'll share two rare sights I saw today. First, I saw my first fellow pilgrim in quite a few days. I was taking a short drinks break in a village when this 40yrs+ French guy in a ...