As two people with a great bit of wanderlust, we enjoy our travels and view the memories we build together as an incredibly important part of our lives. For now, we along with much of the world, are grounded. Multiple upcoming trips and events have been cancelled, and we are very slowly coming to grips with the reality that our honeymoon to Italy in May will also be cancelled <insert crying face emoji here>.
We’ve debated what to do with Wandering Together, considering much of our content has suddenly disappeared, and we’ve decided to move forward with some oldies but goodies, as well as some more lifestyle posts. We in no way downplay the current situation, but for our own mental relief we will continue to keep our posts lighthearted and forward looking.
This begins with a trip to Champagne, home not only to our drink of choice for celebrations, but also sometimes our drink of choice for Friday nights and sweatpants.
Champagne lies less than 100 miles northeast of Paris, making a day trip to these rolling hills of grapes very feasible.
And then stumble into Epernay and onto the Avenue de Champagne.
And its beautiful houses and flower laden passageways.
A lot of the larger Champagne producers have their houses along the Avenue de Champagne, and many are open for tours and tastings. While we stuck mostly to smaller producers, we did pop into Mercier for a tour of their exceptional underground cellars and a view of their giant Champagne barrel. In 1889, this barrel was pulled by a team of 24 oxen from Epernay to the entrance of the Exposition Universelle in Paris.
It’s also, not surprisingly, the best place to taste some bubbly. While the term “champagne” is often tossed around when referring to any sparkling wine regardless of producing region, true Champagne only comes from the Champagne region in France.
Just keep in mind that Champagne operates with a higher formality than many of the wine tasting regions in the United States. Tasting rooms are not readily available to walk-ins, and most houses operate by appointment. If you want to taste the good stuff, either book a tour that takes care of tastings or book a tasting appointment online through the house’s website.
And while you’re there – or even if you’re stuck at home – feel free to adopt some new life mottos.
From our perspective, bubble your troubles away sounds pretty good right now.