This week David like most French people "faire le pont" (to make the bridge ie bridging the gap between the days) because Wednesday and Thursday were a holiday, so he took Friday off and had a nice little five day vacation. He asked me if I wanted to go somewhere new, or perhaps go visit his godfather or uncle in the northern France who both invited us to come up for the weekend last time we were there.
I promised him if we stayed home I would find us fun day trips around Paris. If I have to pack a suitcase or deal with any more relatives on either side of our families I'm going to throw myself off the balcony. Although, we aren't that high up, so I might have to knock on the door of one of the higher up neighbors and ask them to use theirs.
A week after getting back to California/going to his brothers wedding, we had his brother and his new bride at our house for the weekend and two weeks after that his Mom's new husband brought her down for a surprise Paris weekend for her birthday. And we have to go back to Pas de Calais for his Dad's girlfriends birthday soon. So no no no. I just want some peace and quiet and not have my french skills, empty womb or joblessness inspected.
We went to Reims on Thursday.
After a short 45 minute train ride we arrived and it was even a bit sunny. My friend who came in September while I was gone went to Reims, and Mumm also has a winery in Napa I used to frequent with my friends Paulie and Cindi, so it seemed like a nice place to go. If you can't be with the ones you love, drink champagne in their memory.
|The inside of a champagne tank|
I never used to care about champagne, but now it reminds me of all the weddings, holidays and birthday parties I've gone to over the last three years. It tastes like celebration. Plus it's a lot cheaper in France than it is in the US.
The church is beautiful, almost hard to look at because it almost seems fake. We took a one hour open bus tour and got a better idea of the size of the town. It's not very big and we could have walked to Pommery if we had more time. But we had already toured Mumm, and I would rather take my 27 euros and buy a bottle of champagne instead of looking at a similar champagne cave.