5 September 2015

Pick up some Champagne on your way home

A hastily organised getaway to 'somewhere in France' brought us to the Champagne region!  The picturesque old town of Laon was lovely to walk around..despite there being no where to eat until the family unfriendly time of 7pm.

Josh: "That's where the dinosaurs park down through that tunnel".

Out front the Cathedral Notre Dame... Good spot to stop for a morning coffee.

Lighting a candle for Grandmama Pearl 😍

Josh being a statue.

The next morning we headed back to Laon but this time we caught the funicular up to the top of the massive hill where the old town lies. The "Poma 2000" as it is called... It must have seemed futurisic when they built it, which I guess it is as it is the world's only fully automated funicular!

Lewie's wriggly weighty-ness meant he had to go up on the shoulders for the first time!

Strolling around the old town walls...

...to the old town gate.

Give me your angry knight face. 

The town reference for a standard 'metre'. I wonder when the Americans will catch on...

Outisde the Civil Tribunal office..."Just married".

After the big drive yesterday, today's plan was 'take it easy'.

Love a good baguette.

The heat sent us scurrying for shade and double scoop ice creams. And then we pushed on to visit a local champagne cave... After all that's why we came here! But not being able to find the tourist office and having no phone data meant we had to rely on Ben's memory to get us to the Pommery champagne cave.  

Last time we visited in 2008 with our bestie's Bri and Adam.

And now in 2015... With two new 'little ones'!

Look at these young kids...

And now... Has Ben gotten shorter or Kirstie taller!?

One hundred steps to get out of the wine cave! Josh said he would be happy to do the tour again if it meant he got another grape juice at the end.

Hanging around the holiday house.

Outside our holiday house before the trip home.

A carefully researched lunch stop in Belgium on the way home in the town of Namur. We found this awesome little square off the main drag with lots of restaurants to choose from. Josh thought he would try a pickled onion with mixed results!

A stroll along the river, looking over the massive old fortress and trying to stop Josh falling in. 

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