The town of Epernay, which lies smack in the middle of the Champagne region, is remarkably low key. In a town that produces a drink that usually doesn't come cheap, I expected a town filled with opulent villas, and Ferraris and Porsches parked out front and streets lined with Louis Vuitton and Chanel shops. But Epernay is quite the opposite if not slightly run down.
Except for the Avenue de Champagne. No Louis Vuitton or Ferraris here either, but plenty of grand mansions and opulent villas, with big names like Moet & Chandon and Perrier & Jouet located in the biggest ones. Clearly making champagne pays off.
With bottles spilling out of the boot of the car, we arrived back in London, where I schlepped the heavy bags to my front door. Of course arriving home safe and sound and with all the bottles still intact, was a very special occasion and cause for a celebration. I have a feeling there will be a lot of those for the foreseeable future. Cheers.