Journey Through Champagne France

By Cacinda Maloney

Journey through Champagne France

I found that in only a quick jaunt from Paris, in the Champagne France region that borders Burgundy, there lies a tiny slice of heaven known as Essoyes. According to his son Jean Renoir, “There is no other place like it in the whole wide world. There I spent the best years of my childhood.”

And as I look around at the lovely pastel colors of blue, green and yellow, I imagine he is probably right!

Champagne, France

Renoir House, Champagne, France

 

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Essoyes is where the artist Renoir lived parts of his life, married a local gal and had a family. His house and studio are here, and he is also buried within walking distance from his home in a beautiful cemetery nearby. Essoyes is a gorgeous little town with quaint streets and crumbling pastel colored buildings. There is even a river that runs through the town, as if the famous champagne they make around here is flowing free.

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

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Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Champagne, France

As I pass the crumbling buildings and homes, I think about how charming they are with their pastel colored shutters. Maybe they are in need of a coast of paint, but somehow that is what makes them so intriguing. The old red painted over the yellow seeping through.

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Looking deep at this cross I photographed, I look at the details, no matter how new or old, I am always fascinated by the amount of time and energy that people put into projects, whether tiny ones or massive. The labor that went into making such a beautiful piece of art matters, even as it rusts away.

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Near Essoyes, Champagne, France

I passed a lime green little buvette, which means a place for refreshments. Now imagine Renoir walking from his home to the center of town with his children to get some gelato. This one is close to the bridge. over the River Ource and the Renoir museum close by.

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Essoys has a nice soft pastel color that goes along with the color of the countryside. I imagine the stories that could be told are behind these doors.

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

As I wondered up and down the streets in Essoyes France. I couldn’t help but think about the stories behind that gate and the people that lived in that house and what their lives were like. I wondered the tiny streets as my compadres were stuck inside in the art museum made me so sad for them!

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

They were not out in the streets enjoying the dilapidated beauty of the pale doors and windows.

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

Life in the Champagne region is simple. – Cacinda Maloney

I was wandering around on the empty streets of Essoyes alone on an empty street, when I look up and see a local fisher man coming home from the River Ource.

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Essoyes, Champagne, France

Champagne, France

Essoyes, Champagne, France

Where the grapes are growing and the champagne is flowing. – Cacinda Maloney

Journey Through Champagne France

Les Riceys, France I ended up spending the night here at the lovely Hotel Le Marius.

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Champagne, France

I think it may be the only hotel here! It happens to be right across the street from a massive old cathedral. In such a tiny town it is quite unusual and yet, oddly humbling to be up so close to this massive church.

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Les Riceys, Champagne, France

I got up at light and walked a ways down by the river to get a great shot of the overpowering cathedral temple. I then decided to go around the corner to make my way back to the hotel. I kept seeing these quaint, boarded up peeing paint doors and window buildings surround the church.

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Les Riceys, Champagne, France

I wondered “what are all these buildings for? Who owned them? What are behind these doors and windows? There was no one in the streets. Silence and peace were the name of the day.

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Las Riceys, Champagne, France

Journey Through Champagne France

Urville, France – Making my way to the ruggedly elegant Drappier owner’s place, the Drappier Champagne House, it is in an area where Pinot Noir thrives, a grape variety that he states “runs in their veins”.

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Sr. Drappier, Champagne, France

They famously made the Forbes list of “The Best Champagne You’ve Never Heard Of.” Looks like they have been around this area since 1808, after being founded by Saint Bernard, also the founder of the Clairevaux Abbey.

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Urville, Champagne, France

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Urville, Champagne, France

Journey Through Champagne France

Troyes, France is another one of the larger villages in the champagne region of France. It is the capital of Aube and located on the Siene River, well known for its half timbered houses, mainly from the 16th century, that survived the fires in the old town area.

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Troyes, Champagne, France

This town has been in existence since the 16th century, during the Roman times. Odd note about this town is that it is also the home of the Lacoste Fashion brand.

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Troyes, Champagne, France

One other thing I love about France is the quint merry-go-rounds, or carousals, as they call them, in the squares.

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Troyes, Champagne, France

Troyes, Champagne, France

Troyes, Champagne, France

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Troyes, Champagne, France

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Troyes, Champagne, France

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Troyes, Champagne, France

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Troyes, Champagne, France

Journey Through Champagne France

Chatillion-sur-Marne, France

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Champagne, France

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Champagne, France

And don’t forget to visit the Champagne House Collet in Ay, France

Now it is time for me to pack for my upcoming trip to the South of France!

This is a work trip for me and here is my checklist/sponsor list for this trip:

Pacsafe 21″ Carry – on only. check √

Ebags Motherlode Backpack with all electronic/camera equipment. check √

Tickets & Passport & Money. check √

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Allianz Travel Insurance card. check √

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Viking River Cruise Portraits of Southern France itinerary and tickets. check √

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Viking River Cruise Itinerary and Tickets

Hotel Reservations Club Carlson’s Radisson Blu:  Champs-Elysees – Paris, Marseille Vieux Port and Nice, France. check √

Monaco Tourism Board – awaiting train tickets and packet

Xcom Global Mifi. Waiting for arrival, they usually come one day before I depart.

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X-Com Global Mifi

 

I am set!  France, here I come!

And here is an article I wrote after I got back:

I’ve Got The French Blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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