I know that some of you visit Paris regularly and are sometimes looking for ideas for a day out. In the past I told you about driving up to Chantilly, but today I want to give you a little schedule for an easy day trip to Champagne.
The Champagne region lies to the east of Paris, and is best reached by car to allow visiting several different towns. Of course while you are here you need to take in a champagne house and cellars, but there are some other ideas too to make it an interesting day.
There is a huge choice of champagne houses that open their doors to visitors, allowing you to understand the production methods and also tour a champagne cellar which is an amazing thing to do. The cellars at the bigger houses are fascinating, but I admit to having a preference for a smaller champagne producer who will give me a more personal experience.
These pictures are from my visit to Maison Boizel in the town of Epernay. I know the owner Evelyne and featured her in my girlfriend book. Boizel is a sixth generation champagne producer and a beautiful story of tradition and family pride, with their house founded in 1834. They offer grouped visits, or if you prefer you can privatise the walk around the cellars and enjoy a private tasting afterwards.
After the tour of the champagne cellars and of course the tastings, I like to stop at the pretty village of Hautvilliers to take in the views and shoot a couple of photos of the architecture.
By this time I’m looking forward to lunch and for this I love to head over to Les Crayeres, for the outstanding setting, food and service. As youwould expect their wine list is remarkable, and you can either eat in the main chateau or in the garden brasserie.
If this kind of excursion from Paris tempts you but you don’t know how to organise the transport, then I am very happy to share the contact details to the chauffeurs that I use for my tours. Teddy and his time are absolutely perfect in their kindness and professionalism. I trust them implicitly and frankly would be hard pushed to run the tours without their precious help.
Teddy has a small team of drivers, and if you contact him by email HERE, to let him know where you want to go, when and with whom, then he will get back to you with a price, and will supply you with a driver and vehicle. Happy planning!
And last of all, you may like to know that here at MFCH we now have a dedicated page for travel tips when visiting France. Where to stay, where to eat and ideas for things to do. Just click HERE and take a look around.