Champagne

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Flag of France  , Champagne-Ardenne,
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Ok we traveled on to Reims, the start of the Champagne region.  Here we stayed at our first camper stop.  This is basically a spot where you can park your campervan for free.  They come in varying conditions, some have free water and grey /back water dumps.  Some come with electric hookups which you can sometimes also get for free. 
The Place we pulled up in Reims was a car park at the back of a comedy club, it had free water but that was about it.  Our fridge runs on gas, so we changed that over and our leisure battery kept the lights and music going.   We also have a porta potty on the camper so we had to set that up as well, Dave has said he is having nothing to do with it (mind you he is using it!) so we can now set our selves up for free for a lot of the time.  The only thing we don't have is a shower, so it limits us to about 2 nights before we deem it necessary to go to a camp site for a shower.  Don't worry we aren't completely disgusting; baby wipes are doing the job quite well.

The drive was fairly uneventful, but we stopped to stretch our legs in Laon, a nice town on top of a big hill, and got lost coming back down.  Other then that we arrived with out a problem.  Reims is a nice place, but not all that exciting.  We went on a champagne tasting tour at Tattingers, which took us down into the caves, they were literally caves, the oldest were roman chalk mines, and at the end we got to sample some of the champagne.
We left Reims for a drive along one of the many champagne trails.  This took us through several little villages and passed thousands of kms of champagne vines, it was a pitty it wasn't in summer though, as the vines were bare.  We stayed at our second camper stop that night a lovely little place right on a canal, and then I beat Dave, no sorry thrashed Dave in Othelo (not the most exciting game if you don't know it).

Today, well it was a long one, we drove across to a place called Colmar right on the German boarder, it is the start to the Alsace wine region and a small stretch of area called the thousand villages.  We will attempt this tomorrow.  It was a very pretty drive getting here, going over the top of a mountain range and through a few small villages.  But things did get a little tense when Dave reversed into a car (lucky he was a nice French man who spoke a little English), and then we got completely lost again and ended up on a tiny little dirt track.   I swear the sat nav is on drugs, THERE IS NO LEFT TURN HERE!!!
All in all we got here to Colmar and the camp site is nice and tranquil.  Time for a shower.....
Miles so far: 615
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