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Friday, February 22, 2013

Champagne!

So I had la canard. Also delicious. So was that bread and that wine.

On Wednesday, we went out to Versailles. It was a little chilly to tour the gardens but the palace was beautiful. The opulence of everything was overwhelming at times. Those Louis really didn't mess around. That was followed by some down time in the afternoon and then dinner at what claims to be the oldest cafe in the world. I'm not sure how true that is, but a bunch of famous people did eat there, including Napoleon. I got to have my coq au vin, which was good but a little on the dry side, if we're being honest. Kevin really enjoyed his duck and he also had some very tasty potatoes that I stole a few of. Then, it was back to the hotel to get a good night's sleep before one of our earlier mornings.

Bright and early on Thursday, we hopped on a train and headed out to Epernay to visit Mo√ęt et Chandon, the makers of the world's best champagne. We had a lovely tour of their cellars, which are over 28km long and we got to see a LOT of champagne. Some of the vaults had over 10,000 bottles in them. Then it was time for some champagne tasting - we had a flute of the 2004 grand vintage and one of the 2002 rose grande vintage. Both were delicious. Then it was on to Reims for lunch and to stock up on champagne we don't get in Canada before heading back to Paris for dinner.

Today, we've had a quiet day. We headed up to the 18th arondissement to see Sacre Coeur - we were unaware there were so many steps to get there. It was a cold, windy day so we didn't hang around too long. Then it was into the 6th for some shopping - rather unsuccessful, though. Now, we're figuring out where to have our last dinner in Paris and then we'll come back to the hotel for one last night and to pack for our flight out tomorrow morning.

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