Europe 2014

Épernay, 25-26 June


  Between Dijon and Épernay, we made a small detour to revisit the Abbaye de Fontenay in its peaceful valley. This is the dovecote. †
  This is the Abbey church. †
  The nave. *
  Madonna and Child. *
  The cloisters. *
  The Chapter House. †
  Old floor tiles. *
  Onwards through gentle French countryside ... *
  and into Épernay, a town with no particular sights apart from the champagne houses. This was a fountain in the main square. *
  This is the Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) with the War Memorial in front. †
  The list of names is endless. †
  An attractive Art Deco building. *
  Sign for a pharmacy. †
  Decorative street light. *
  We took a tour of the Möet et Chandon champagne house. This was the reception area. *
  Stacks of champagne maturing. *
  The racks used for the process of riddling by hand: rotating the bottles so that the spent yeast falls to the neck. *
  And the end product. *
  Lunch in a restaurant on the main square. Looking into the restaurant ... *
  and looking out towards the square. *

Then it was time to set off for our last stop in France: 10 days in Paris.


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