A quick trip to Epernay, then let's put the car back in it's Europcar garage. 🚗
It is Monday evening and we are doing a bit of packing before tomorrow's drive to Epernay, which is in the heart of the French Champagne district and only a couple of hours drive to the CDG Airport. A photo of Epernay from the net, will it look like this for us?
Maybe . . . . .
Tuesday's drive to Epernay was pretty straight forward, or maybe travelling didn't have our full attention. We were bit of shocked as the full extent of the floods and damage in Northern Tas. became a clearer. Our house was without power from Sunday night thru to 4.00pm Tuesday. John, our house-sitter was using the generator to keep all ok with the fridges and freezers.
We arrived at Epernay at 3.30 and after checking in to our "otel" had a good walk down the Avenue de Champagne to the 'centre ville'.
It was hot and humid in the late afternoon and soon there was a thunderstorm. We needed somewhere to shelter so we found a bar and had a couple of glasses of the local product. We then hung about till 7.30pm for the resturants to open. Found a nice resturant and the food was supurb even if there was little english spoken by wait staff. Warm seafood salad 👍, a salmon and asparagus pizza ✔️, escallopes of veal et fritte 😋 And for dessert a banana split! - consequently not much eaten today.
This morning (Wednesday 8th) we packed up ready for the flight to Casablanca. A big job. With Airfrance: Only allowed one bag each to 23kg and carry on luggage up to 12kgs. After sorting it out in our room we drove around the valley and came across the Moet-Chandon vineyard. For us, a bit of a fluke, especially for such a high profile global brand that even we have heard about??
Then we drove across to Reims to look at the famous Cathederal. It was spectacular and built in the 13C! Huge, amazing. 👀 No doubt it took some great engineers and stonemasons etc to create such building. And for the one or two people interested, Reims was home of the French Formula I Grand Prix until about 1969. The old circuit is still promoted as a tourist attraction!
Next, the drive to Charles de Gaulle, which took just 90 minutes. Retuning the car, checking in bags and getting to at L25, Terminal 2E, via internal rail car took some time. We are now relaxing waiting for our flight which delayed by 35 minutes. We pick up car in Casablanca and drive to Rabat. It will be a late arrival, midnight maybe? This is the last blog of alfaineurope. Will do a new one after we have been in Rabat a few days. Hooroo!