Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2010

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Friday, August 13, 2010

We stopped in Epernay, the famous champagne town in the wine region of France. I wish I knew more about champagne before I went so I could fully appreciate it, but it was still neat. The town is centered around Champagne Avenue (nickname) and is a center for luxury champagne companies. We toured Moet & Chandon, which I guess is the most famous of them all. Our tour guide was so snobby it was funny. She had a rock on her finger and when I told her it was pretty she replied with "yes, and expensive." Ah France! Just kidding, most of them were actually really nice. AnyHeidelbergways, she took us into the cellars and explained the aging process for the champagne. Most bottles take 3 years, but they had a bottle down there from 1869 that cost over 1 million Euros. We sampled the champagne after in a courtyard, and then boarded the bus again to drive to Paris.

I wasn't expecting much from Paris. I know it’s a big famous city, but after the amazing time in Germany, and from what I’ve heard of how the French think of Americans, I wasn’t too psyched.

Boy was I wrong. It was such a big city, but managed to be big while still maintaining its beauty and delicateness. Every building looked the same, but in a good way. If any one of the public buildings in France were placed in New York City, it would be a tourist attraction. In Paris, it’s just another building.

The first night we were overwhelmed at the enormity of the city and the number of things we wanted to do there. We went to a great restaurant and tried duck and escargot! They were both delicious. We were seated at a table with people we didn’t know which ended up being awesome. The first couple was French but knew English well, so we talked about living in France and he gave us some recommendations. The second couple was two girls from Argentina who want us to email them when we’re in Barcelona so we can meet up. So friendly! We didn’t go to the bars, but instead got a glass of wine at a corner café by our hotel.
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