Champagne and how I fell for Paris

Trip Start May 30, 2008
Trip End Nov 02, 2008

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Up early in the morning for a breakfast baguette and then on the bus to Champagne. My love of quality French champagne (which, if you've done your research, is the only kind of champagne) has only developed in the past year or so, since living with my housemate Rathana. He is quite partial to a glass or four of Moet and Chandon and before I left, held a Champagne Campaign party, involving bottles of M&C, Mumm, Bollinger, Krug and other delicious bubblies. So it was with excitement that I arrived at the Mumm vineyards near Reims.

Overall the tour wasn't the most exciting. The caves were freezing! and the tour guide not that interesting. I guess it doesn't help that she had to repeat what she was saying in 4 languages (english, french, spanish and japanese). Impressive the first time, boring after that. But anyway, the glass of Mumm at the end made up for it. Although I got busted trying to blag a second one.

Then onto Reims to check out the beautiful gothic cathedral and eat lunch. And finally. La Maison de Moet et Chandon. [side note, apparently if you're referring to the drink, its le champagne, but if you're referring to the area itself its la champagne...or is it the other way around?].

This tour was conducted by the most French person I have ever seen. Monsieur was wearing a black suit and tie, had slicked back black hair, but, sadly, no mustache to twirl around his Gallic fingers. He took us around the opulent surrounds of the winery and its caves, and though his thick accent was difficult to understand at times, it was a much more interesting tour. Then, of course, the tastings. I have to say, Moet et Chandon is definitely my favorite champagne, and maybe even my favorite alcohol of all time.

Sated, we all caught the bus back to Paris. I got back to my hostel to an empty room, and had a fresh baguette, olive tapenade and brie for dinner (actually I've just realised I ate baguette for breakfast, lunch and dinner today, hmm...). Then, decided to go for a wander up the hill to the Sacre Cour.

And I'm so glad I did. There's an amazing food and wine fair on at the moment. I walked around the highest point in Paris with a glass (not plastic, mind) of champagne and a piece of excellent dark chocolate, listening to a live mexican band play over the glittering lights of Paris. I have to say, in the last few days I haven't really bonded to Paris. I've found it aloof, fake, and sometimes just a boring stereotype of itself.

But tonight, I fell in love.
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lind on

Paris and champers
What a combination,

good writing too x

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