Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Land of the three muskateers and bubbly!

We are here in the land of Champagne and the Three Muskateers!  Our last full day in France today, so sad, I've loved it here.  We are staying in a farmhouse just outside Troyes.  Troyes has been in existence since the Roman era,  it is a real medieval gem populated by half timbered houses in ochre, pink, yellow and mint green.  It looks like an illustration of the three muskateers novel.  The Templars and Sir Lancelot have their origins here and it's easy to picture isn't it?




Pics from our last dinner in the Loire Valley - it was a beautiful evening.



We are now staying here in a farmhouse just outside of Troyes

It is really very hot in Campagne...

 Driving through endless grape vines...

Passing fields of poppies...

And windmills!

We had to get cool and retreat down into a wine cellar!  Did you know that the rose of les rinceys can only be picked at 10 degrees therefore some years there is none made if the summers weren't warm enough.  Champagne grapes can be plucked at 8 degrees.


We visited the village of Renoir...amazing to see the streets and landscapes, I recognise them in Renoir's paintings



The villages of Campagne are so gorgeous and so special.  How did half timbered houses survive war, fire, hail, wind, fierce sun...for centuries?




  1. Those houses are fascinating.

    So our tour of France is coming to an end. What will we do now? ...look forward to hearing about the next leg of your journey.

  2. Thank you for all of the wonderful pics, you have captured the essence of the French countryside!
    I love the four poster bed, I hope the plumbing works?!

  3. It's so interesting. I had no idea there were homes of that style in France. Gosh, that farmhouse looks divine! That bedroom is stunning. What a treat to stay there :)

  4. Looks fab, love the bathroom and bedroom.

  5. bet that deep bathtub felt soooo good on your traveling bones... beautiful - so happy to see everything - thank you for sharing! traveling mercies. -xok.

  6. What an amazing trip you are taking. I am enjoying it so much.

  7. Au revoir La France! I'll miss you...

    Love, LOVE that farmhouse, you lucky family, it looks wonderful... did it have working amentities and no bugs?

  8. Those houses looks like in storybooks that I used to read when I was little! Can't wait to read your post about your next travel.

  9. Hello friends! Am sitting at CDG airport in France waiting for a flight to N.Ireland! Very sketchy Internet connection here.
    The farmhouse was wonderful, excellent plumbing and no bugs!!
    Can't wait to catch up on your blogs when I get over to Ireland. And get a good cup tea!! Ok my free five mins of wifi connectivity is up now, will post to you from the emerald isle! xo

  10. Thanks for sharing your French adventure with us, so lovely!

  11. It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities. I have so enjoyed sharing your French trip with you :)

  12. Oh it looks and sounds so amazing, such a fantastic experience. Weather looks great too, I wish I'd had more time for the countryside your pictures are makingme want to go back right now!

  13. I enjoyed looking at your pictures! What a lovely area.

    Tracy :)

  14. Gorgeous photos, I can't wait as we go to France in 3 weeks and this post has got me in the mood!

  15. I am enjoying your photos too. Loved the farmhouse!


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