A Toast to Champagne

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.

32 thoughts on “A Toast to Champagne

  1. You post whatever feeds your heart right now!!!

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    1. Exactly! How are you guys holding up?

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      1. We’re doing good! I have been working so much, I haven’t had a chance to be stressed. (At least about all this) Will be looking for ways to help out others in the coming weeks. I worry about the unemployed right now trying make ends meet. Holler if u hear of anything in our fair city. Hope u all are doing ok 💕

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      2. Will do! It is so sad what is going on. We are making a point to at least do takeout to help a small small part right now.

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      3. Same! I saw that JP is allowing people to sell liquor with food so hopefully, this will help as well.

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  2. Don’t stop posting! We all need diversion during this stressful time. Your posts are a reminder this will pass and we can look forward to it.

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    1. Thanks. Trying to think positively!! Have a good day!

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  3. Just got back from a stressful trip to the grocery store and at the last minute threw in a bottle of champagne. 😊 Thought we would make a nice breakfast and just enjoy. Sorry to hear about your trip to Italy. We also had a trip to Europe planned next month and are dealing with the disappointment. Keep the travel blogs coming. We will all start traveling again soon! ♥️

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    1. It is certainly a strange time. We feel fortunate right now though because it could be a lot worse. Thanks for reading!!

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  4. Keep posting and or sharing like that is what I shall do – I have my scheduled out three weeks but I have so many that I may take a break and then later start sharing the old ones. It is a release form and I assume for you also. My Facebook site every day I share something to smile about – something to feel good about – something BIG to smile about and something feel good and smile about. I think there is way too much negative reporting so I try to postpositively. Stay the course and continue – your followers await!Tom

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    1. Thanks Tom! Thanks for spreading positivity right now. It is needed!

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  5. I’m so sorry about your honeymoon. This whole situation is just awful. I hope you’ll get that trip to Italy someday. In the meantime, I think you made the right decision on moving forward with your blog.

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    1. It is a bummer but we know that we are still very fortunate. Thanks so much for reading!! It is much appreciated!

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  6. Not a good time for Wanderers for sure! You have to join us “wonderers” for a time. You can do that in one place. 😀

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    1. Haha, that is a great way to put it! Thanks!!

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  7. Thank you both for this lovely post with bright hope of places far away and lovely. I appreciate the mental respite/refreshment of your post. Blessings. 💖 Cheers

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    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment! Take care!!

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  8. It is a perfect opportunity for a bit of recycling!

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  9. Thank you for this post blessings

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    1. Appreciate it! Thanks for reading!!

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  10. I’m sorry to hear your honeymoon to Italy has been cancelled, that’s just aweful! But don’t let the sudden changes bring you down, it’s just a matter of time before we are all back to exploring our beautiful world! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. Thanks for the uplifting comment! We will all get through it! Thanks so much!

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  11. So sorry to hear about your honeymoon, I do hope you can get it together when this nonsense all calms down.

    I was pretty well grounded anyway due to multiple hospital appointments (now mostly cancelled or downgraded to ‘phone calls) so there is not a lot of change for me travel wise so think I’ll use this enforced hiatus to transfer some old journeys from other now defunct websites. Might as well do something productive I suppose.

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    1. Hope all is well! We look forward to reading about your old travels!

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  12. I like how you preface this post explaining what does it mean to you to continue blogging about past travels, and about honestly facing the current situation. It’s much better than what I see in some travelogs where people continue to post as if nothing is happening in the world.
    That being said, since my younger son is a director of one of the most popular high-end bars in Chicago, I know first-hand about the dare situation most of the bars and bartenders face (no takeouts for them). There is a bartender relief effort going on. I do not want to spam your blog with soliciting, but if you are wondering what you can do to keep our country’s drinking culture from extinction, I will be happy to share a link.

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      1. Here is the US Beverage Group COVID-19 relief fundraiser:
        https://www.usbgfoundation.org/covid-19-response
        Thank you 🙂

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  13. So sorry about your honeymoon. I’ve heard stories about people’s weddings being ruined, so I’m glad that didn’t happen to you guys. I, too, have cancelled my solo hiking trip to Sedona (set for a few weeks from now) and our summer trip to Spain/France is looking iffy. We’ll get through it somehow. Italy’s not going anywhere. It will be waiting for you when the time is right. 🙂

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    1. Exactly. We can all make the best of it, be patient, and really appreciate everything when it gets back to whatever normal is!!

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  14. I feel your pain on content drying up. Not traveling is bad for a travel blog. Great post though!

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