Archive for July, 2014

Our Extraordinary Private Tour of Clos Mesnil Champagne Vineyard

We were fortunate.  We have Julian to thank.  He was able to arrange a private tour and tasting in Champagne for us.  Alain Pitiot is a small champagne producer in the village of Les Mesnil.  The vineyards surrounding his home are either Grand Cru or Primer Cru with Grand Cru being the highest quality and Primer Cru the next level down.  In fact his home literally backs up to Clos Mesnil one of the three most famous vineyards ...

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How Could I Forget This Part??

I can’t believe I skipped an entire section of our adventure.  Jumping back a week we tied up in Remis in the same spot where we stayed last year.  Our friends Eric, Stephanie and their son Lars happened to be in Paris, and dropped us a note asking if we would like visitors.  Of course we would.  There had been a train strike and the SNCF, the French train company, wouldn’t sell them tickets at the station, but ...

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Exploring Coucy Castle

While in Soisson we decided to take a little side trip.  Lisa and I jumped in the car and drove 30 minutes to the remnants of Chateau du Coucy.  In 1225 Coucy Castle was one of the largest fortified enclosures in France.  Enguerrand III built a wall surrounding the town that included 33 towers.  The Keep was 65 feet taller than the one at the Louvre in Paris where the King of France lived.  A Keep is usually ...

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Photos Beat Poetry Every Time in Soisson

Our journey from Compiegne to Soisson took us up the Canal Lateral al’Aisne.  For most of the passage the canal was the Aisne River.  Like the story of the three bears it’s neither too large or too small.  It’s just right. The stretch of river to Soisson was as pretty as any I have seen.  Unfortunately pictures don’t do it justice.  Surrounded by lush greenery, and an abundance of bird life, nature’s chorus serenaded us as we cruised ...

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Fine French Cuisine and The Chateau de Compiegne

While in Saint Quentin we decided to go out for dinner.  Our friends Bruce and Tess had wanted to take us to the best restaurant in town, but it was closed.  Did they miss out.The food at Restaurant Villa D’Isle was great and our waitress happened to be the owner’s daughter. After dinner she gave us a tour of the place.  The huge building where the restaurant is housed started out as a wood working factory, and then ...

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