Thursday, 21 June 2007

Pilgrimage from Ludes to Chalons-En-Champagne 20/06/07

I find it amazing that we can sleep in when sleeping outdoors. We didn't wake up till 9am this morning and after a wonderful champagne breakfast headed off around 10am.

The morning walk was a lovely stroll through the forrest. We even managed to spot some wild pigs. There seems to be a lot of them around.

The first couple of towns had a few wineries but we had seen on the map a town by the name of Bouzy so we thought this sounded much more like us and pressed on.

Bouzy was great. At first none of the wineries wanted to let us in, telling us that they didn't do tasting. One guy even had a sign above his door saying "open for tasting" and still did't let us in. When we pointed out the sign he was a bit embarrased but then just laughed and told us to go away :) it was very amusing...

i think it might have had something to do with not showering for two days ;)

But then we found finally found a champage house to take us in. (I will have to get the names later because i don't have them on me). The woman was extremely friendly and soon had us laughing with a wonderful little champagne buzz.

We thought that would do us for the day but just as we were leaving town another winery caught our eye. Luckily we stopped because their Pinoit Noir was AMAZING! All the red wine made in this town is called "Bouzy Rouge" :) I had to buy some. The woman here was also great. She spoke perfect English and filled us in on some of the subtelties of the champagne business.

It was then 16:30 before we left and we still had another 20kms to go.

The first 15kms were great. We walked along a canal with trees for shade and an otter or two swimming around. But then it started to hurt.

The last 5kms into Chalons were painful. We didn't get into town till 22:30 but luckily the hostel was still open. I wouldn't have been able to make it much further.

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