Had a quickish breakfast at the hotel this morning before heading off through Alsace towards Champagne country - but first a quick visit to my favourite village in all of France! But I'm getting ahead of myself...first we had a pleasant drive through wine country
...spotting the odd chateau here and there!
OK then....we finally got to Riquewihr, my favourite village. I've now been there three times! It's a very old village with houses dating back to the 13th century - a bit before Apiti was inhabited!
It has a Katie Wollfhart Christmas decoration shop that is fabulous! Well I thought so - Dave was somewhat less impressed, but does acknowledge that it has "lots of stuff in it". So I spent a little fortune on fantastic gold sparkly deer decorations -oooooohhhhh lovely! Then wandered down the road and bought a couple of bowls for breakfasting with. Dave was sadly overwhelmed with too many tourists syndrome so we left before lunch.
We then set route for the Champagne area of France (no prizes for guessing why!). Once again we discovered some interesting roads, here's a shot of a cobblestone road over one of the mountain passes that had a 90km/hr speed limit!
We then drove through the longest tunnel we'd ever been in - it was over 6km long! Quite impressive being underground in a car for that long! When we emerged we were no longer in Alsace, we found ourselves in the Vosges region instead!
We then started searching for a spot to eat lunch - you'd think around lunchtime that would be not too challenging but apparently in this region it's actually quite difficult! Every village we visited either there was nothing or the brasserie was shut! But we did stumble across a couple of chateaux during the drive.
Finally found a spot but they were only serving the "menu de jour" which is a three course meal - in a rash moment I ordered the meal without even really understanding what it was. Ended up having a huge plate of salad and pate, followed by a huge pork steak with mashed potatoes (which I hate), followed by creme brulee - Dave (who ordered a coke) was in hysterics! After eating as much as I could manage I waddled off to the car and we drove on!
The rest of the drive was without too much drama, just driving through the little country roads admiring the country-side. Stumbled across a small hotel in the village of Givrey-en-Argonne. Quite a rural spot - while eating dinner three tractors drove down the main road - two pulling trailers full of straw! Oh and the church bell chimes every hour not far from our bedroom window! We only wanted a small meal so I ordered a salad - it arrived and I was slightly horrified to discover a plate full of salami, cold meat, pate and sliced ham with a hint of lettuce - nothing 3 glasses of wine couldn't wash down!
Might not eat much tomorrow - feel a bit grotesque tonight! Oh and even though we are technically in the Champagne region I have yet to see a single bubble!