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“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

There isn’t a better way to start off a week in France than by paying a visit to the French countryside and the Champagne Region.  We took a break from our long bus ride to Paris to tour Moet & Chandon, a luxury champagne company that is apart of LVMH, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey.  The company was the first to introduce the bubbly drink all over the world.

We sat in the hotel on the premises for a presentation on the company and marketing techniques.  Interestingly, Scarlett Johanson has been the face of Moet and Chandon for the past couple of years.  The company even sponsors the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

We took a guided tour of the cellar and they even let us take pictures inside, unlike most of the other factories we had visited.  The process of making champagne takes years; the longer, the better.  The bottles move to different areas of the cellar depending on their current stage in the process.

The sign shows that there are 23,709 bottles in the tunnel above.

Someone in the world will one day pop open the bottles we saw in the cellars.

The tour wouldn’t be complete without a classy champagne taste test.  We were served Imperial champagne.

We sipped from our flutes in what used to be a living room and a garden.

Fun fact: In order to be labeled and marketed as champagne, the drink must be made within the Champagne Region of France.  Otherwise, it is called sparkling wine.

Next stop, Paris!!!

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