It’s always surprising to me how I can escape the madness of London and arrive in some quaint European destination in just a few hours. This past weekend I left the office at noon on Friday and arrived at a French farmhouse in time for dinner. It’s honestly as simple as do, re, mi, A, B, C…
Along with eleven friends I spent the weekend in the Champagne region of France relaxing, drinking, and relaxing some more. Let’s recap alphabetically.
Avenay, France. The small town we called home for the weekend and easy to arrive by train from Paris.
BBQ. Did I mention 3 people in our group are Aussies? We feasted on delicious food nightly at our house dinners thanks to their grilling skills.
Dom Pérignon, a famous champagne brand and name of the Benedictine monk who helped advance the champagne making process back in the 17th century.
Ernest Remy, my favorite stop on our tour.
French food, the delicious lunch we had on Saturday between champagne tastings.
Grapes, lots of ’em.
House, our perfect home for the weekend surrounded by lush green hills and small villages.
Intoxicated by the French lifestyle, and most likely the flowing champagne.
Jean-Claude Mouzon, a small family-run champagne house producing only 15,000 bottles per year and our first stop of the day.
Kicking back and enjoying the slow life for a few days.
Laughter, lots of it all weekend.
Man’s Touch, the hilarious name of our tour company which I 100% recommend.
Not enough time. I wasn’t ready to come back to London on Sunday.
Outfits to theme it up.
Pommery, the biggest champagne house on our tour located in Reims, France.
Quality time with good friends.
Rue de Champagne, the richest street in the world for all the champagne stored underneath in its cellars. Moet & Chandon is located here.
Sunshine was in our favor this weekend.
Trains, our method of transportation for the weekend.
Unbelievable how many champagne houses exist in this region, over 11,000!
Vineyards, over 15,000 of them in the area.
Welcoming locals like this champagne house owner.
EXactly the kind of weekend I needed after being on the go so much lately.
Young, an age we did not feel upon waking up Sunday morning after a day of drinking on Saturday.
Z Jay Z’s champagne house our driver pointed out along the tour. Because when you’re that rich, why not buy a champagne house in France?
Know Before You Go:
- From London we took the Eurostar to Paris Nord, then walked 10 min to Paris Est and took a train journey to Avenay. Other cities nearby are Ay and Epernay and the biggest is Reims.
- There are 15,000 vineyards and 11,000 champagne houses so you’ll have no shortage of places to tour.
- Mans Touch is the tour company we used for the champagne tastings and they arranged the perfect variety of champagne houses and a wonderful lunch.
- Tastings were approx €6 each for 3 small glasses of a brut, vintage, and rosé at each stop.