Over the weekend I suggested that, if you are new to Paris, it might be worth considering a city day tour. I’m happy to take that suggestion a step further and go so far as arguing that day tours are worth considering even when you’re a regular visitor to France.
Over the years we’ve done all sorts of guided and self-guided tours. Examples include exploring the French battlefields, deepening our understanding of French wine and getting a better understanding of French towns and villages.
But, up until now, there has been one tour I’ve struggled to book – and that one involves a visit to the Champagne region of France. Now I know what you are thinking…and yes, I agree that a tour of that particular French region should be easy to both find and book. After all, there are a great many tours exploring the areas of Reims and Épernay in particular. Heaps of them even leave from Paris!
So, why on earth have I found it such a struggle?
Well, it turns out I am fussy.
None of the tours went to the Champagne Houses I’d really like to visit, lots of them seemed hurried and the ones that did seem to tick most of the boxes were prohibitively expensive. And then there were all the reviews that mentioned the fact that you didn’t get to taste or compare many of the champagnes themselves.
Who wants to do a champagne tour that doesn’t actually give you a decent opportunity to try the bubbles?
After years of fruitless googling champagne tours before our trips to France, it finally occurred to me that I could cut out the middleman. (I forgive you for rolling your eyes at me. I rolled my eyes at me when I realised this was a viable option).
Although the websites of the big name Champagne Houses are a bit clunky, most of them have information on how travellers can visit independently. It didn’t take us long to decide that we should try to visit Veuve Clicquot to experience their two and a half hour ‘Aromatically Yours’ tour.
Needless to say I was very excited when our email confirmation arrived this week.
I can’t wait to share the experience with you all – and to see if I can get a special cap for my Wearing Memories bracelet!
Until next time – au revoir.