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Champagne: what to do, what to see...

The narrow rows of Cramant’s vineyards in Champagne
For those who still don’t know, champagne comes only from Champagne. From wine tours to historic memory, people come here for its eponymous nectar, its captivating cellars, its famous dishes and simply to be swept up in its devotion to good living. This introduction to the land of champagne is much more than just a programme... 
WHAT TO SEE

• The UNESCO World Heritage hillsides, houses and cellars
• The Cathedral de Notre-Dame in Reims
• Roc-la-Tour
• The Great Champagne Houses
• The Great War battlefields
• The fortified castle of Sedan
• The Langres ramparts
• Reims
• Mont Malgré-Tout
• The historic heart of Troyes

WHAT TO DO

• Combine champagne with contemporary art at Maison Pommery
• Meet the winemakers
• Prepare a basket of goodies to enjoy among the vineyards
• Make the pilgrimage to Hautvillers to pay homage to Dom Pérignon   
• Swim from one of the 6 lakeside beaches of the Lac du Der
• Shop in Troyes, the birthplace of factory outlet stores
• Stroll down the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay 
• Take a tour of the Bishop’s Palace in Troyes
• Immerse yourself in 20th century history at the Memorial to the Battles of the Marne in Dormans
• Grab your binoculars and go birdwatching at the Étang de la Horre
• Try andouillette

WHAT TO EAT

• Champagne, of course
• Grey Haute-Marne truffles, known as "the jewel of the woods"
• Barberey or Troyen cendré 
• Chaource cheese
• Langres
• Biscuits roses de Reims
• Croquignoles 
• Rosé des Riceys
• Cacasse à cul nu
• Rethel white pudding

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• A case of champagne
• Gingerbread from Reims
• A dozen champagne glasses
• Marc de champagne eau-de-vie
• Reims mountain whisky
• Cacibel: a low-alcohol cocktail of cider, cassis and honey

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