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bianchigirl

Anyone know this region? Any recommendations?

So we've booked our hols (finally) - found a location in a place called Foucheres in the Aube - near Troyes, Bar sur Seine, Foret de l'Orient. Looks fab, quiet, verdant, in the heart of Champagne (need I go on) - gite is just across the road from the river (boat provided) and a nice looking restaurant.

Anyways, knowing how well travelled y'all are, just wondered if there were any must sees/shouldn't misses round abouts? And any and all recommendations for good restaurants/bars as ever gratefully received Wink

Never been to Champagne before so v much looking forward to it
cardinal guzman

Re: Anyone know this region? Any recommendations?

bianchigirl wrote:
just wondered if there were any must sees/shouldn't misses round abouts?


If it's anything like Brittany you won't be short of roundabouts - you'll be saying; "cedez le passage" and "vous n'avez pas la priorite" in your sleep Cool
CapeRoadie

Did she say "y'all"?
bianchigirl

I did - I was obviously channeling some Southern Belle Very Happy

CG driving across country to Brittany after our 2 weeks out east - my prize for Roundabout Town actually goes to Bernay, place is full of the buggers
kathy

Once spent a night in Troyes - it does look nice, also Epernay and Soissons.  Other than that can't be much help.  Oh, knowing your OH's interest in wartime history, the armistice coach is situated in the woods near Epernay.
SlowRower

I would think a trip to a Champagne place would be good, if only to see what thousands of bottles look like when stacked next to each other. Kids seem to like the cellars as well, although hide and seek in amongst the prize vintages is best avoided.

I had something of a funny turn when in the cellars at Chateau de Mersault - I apparently did a passable Golum impersonation when asked to leave the section where they had the early 20th century vintages on display. Smile
bianchigirl

Thanks Kathy, that sounds interesting - think we might also have to make a (long) day trip to Verdun. OTOH there's always Nigloland which looks like a cute theme park not a million miles away Wink
MAILLOT JAUNE

I've heard that Reims is really nice, but a bit far from where you'll be located. I think it's an old Roman settlement, but I'm sure there'll be loads to do where you'll be. Just looking at the map everything says CHAMPAGNE!!!!!! I'm very jealous!
mr shifter

kathy wrote:
Once spent a night in Troyes - it does look nice, also Epernay and Soissons.  Other than that can't be much help.  Oh, knowing your OH's interest in wartime history, the armistice coach is situated in the woods near Epernay.
I can't help much but travel through Challons where I seem to pick up GB lorries traveling to/from Calais and Strassburg and the Eastern Countries (Moiphy)
I did a TGV day trip to Dijon which I found quaint, (didn't find the mustard)
Then a first world war "Must" is Verdun and the western front from there to the North Sea, or towards Swiss a couple of places the US fought.

You probably picked the place for a quiet hol, fishing and having the Vosges mountains nearby.
kathy

We found Beaune nicer than Dijon, Mr S.  But isn't that a bit far south for BG?  Reims I only remember getting lost on the ring road.
mr shifter

kathy wrote:
We found Beaune nicer than Dijon, Mr S.  But isn't that a bit far south for BG?  Reims I only remember getting lost on the ring road.
I have stayed in a chain motel near Reims and maybe on your ring road and although I usually go to a town center. I cannot remember a thing about it. (most unusual for me)
I did have a taste for Beaune wine and then found they built a motorway right through the area. Now on my way through Reims to that motorway (but not the center) I know where to jump off for quick supermarket petrol and another for food.

A Travel side note.
Every year on my Fleche/Liege trips I get 2 or 3 days to go touristic and on one year I followed the Meuse river all the way into France to Sedan.
Then I checked out the Blitzkrieg route after I stayed in Charleville-Metz.
Another ardennes trip and I checked the TDF - TTT route Verdun - Bar le Duc in which town I once worked a few days. (the instalation manager and I installed a machine and the old Frenchman interpreter was told by Jack that NO Escargot on our table and the old fool ordered them. On arrival Jack stood up and said to me we are off to Paris "Now" and as it was his car I got up also, so the Frenchman moved to another table.
Then Jack says "whats that on the floor" oh it's only a cockroach they said as another one passed by.
As we were driving off the old man came rushing out with arms waving and Jack told me to stop for him, so I reversed to pick him up. (Lucky man)
Anybody remember the French toilets (no not the walk through metal ones) the indoor Hole in the ground with 2 overlapping foot marks type.
(my poor wife in the dark was busting and trying to go at a service station)

Be Lucky.....did yer not like that then, but true all the same.
bianchigirl

Never minded the hole in the floor type but then I've never minded peeing in the bushes - my husb says I'm sometimes quite 'blokey' in the things I do Wink

Would rather a hole in the floor than a hovering over a filthy toilet seat Laughing

Would like to get to Verdun and Nancy but, as sole driver, might just float down the river in the boat, have a picnic lunch and then aperos on the terrace at the Auberge de la Seine http://www.aubergedelaseine.com/

Have also promised Tom the delights of Nigloland http://www.nigloland.fr/

Probably have an overnight at Reims/Epernay - gets one in the holiday mood Wink
kathy

mr shifter wrote:
[q- TTT route Verdun - Bar le Duc in which town I once worked a few days. (the instalation manager and I installed a machine and the old Frenchman interpreter was told by Jack that NO Escargot on our table and the old fool ordered them..


You found a restaurant in Bar le Duc??  Couldn't find anywhere to eat in the evening when we were there - admittedly many years ago.    Also stayed overnight in Charleville- Meziers once, but it didn't make a gret impression on me!

Of course, escargots are a great speciality of Bourgogne - never tried them myself, although I did eat winkles when I was a kid.  My Dad use to collect them at low tide.  We use to sit there with pins ( after they been boiled) fishing them out of the shells.
bianchigirl

Winkles yum - and snails - any sort of seafood things to be got out with pins and other implements.

The Auberge does a total lobster menu - think that'll be my treat for a hard year at work Wink
MAILLOT JAUNE

Lobsters and Champagne!!!!! You deserve to treat yourself bg.

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