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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsExced View Post
    Peasie yes hurry and move there so I can visit
    You got it!

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    Some quick photos of Mont Saint Michel. At the top is the abbey with its main sanctuary, many rooms, and chapels just beautifully sparse drawing me into the incredible structure.








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    Outside the abbey are walled gardens and courtyards that drew me into meditation and wonder. The skies cleared up and I snapped this of the bell tower of the abbey.



    The abbey gardens



    The incredible pattern on these columns


    View looking down on the bay at low tide


    I climbed up steep inclines, innumerable steps, and still more steps. It was exhilarating and wonderful! About 41 people live on Mont Saint Michel including nuns. I sneaked a peek into this little vegetable garden at the very top of the Mont.



    Flowers everywhere!

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    The photographer with her camera being snapped unaware!



    Your eyes are drawn upwards...





    And downwards. My car was parked way over in the horizon in this photo. You get to a visitor's center where there is a free shuttle across the causeway to the Mont. Then you just walk and walk and walk.


    Then back down the ancient steps

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    Enough of that, lets see some champagne

    The process of making Champagne is so complicated and there are many small Champagne houses. The owner (Irene Chance) of the B&B where I stayed has her own vineyard she now rents to a young family. They continue to make the Jacques Chance champagne (Jacques died 8 years ago). I bought a bottle for about $15. Not bad. I'll tell you how it tastes when I open it at Christmas

    I found this blog on the B&B and champagne where I stayed

    Here are my photos of the B&B

    My room at the top of the stairs


    It's bathroom


    My bed


    View from my window in the mornings


    The patio where I sat one morning and Irene brought over my breakfast of coffee, croissants, crunchy bread, and preserves. And then we had a lovely conversation and realized we were more alike than different.


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    So Irene versed me in the whole process of making champagne. She encouraged me to walk around the village and maybe if I meet a farmer grower who is kind enough to show me their vineyards, it would be great. She used to send her guests to her vineyard but her tenant said that enough was enough

    I walked around the village but the growers were incredibly busy at this time of year. So I ended up touring two large champagne houses: Tattinger in Reims and Moet et Chandon in Epernay. BTW, Moet is not pronounced MO-AY but MWET

    Yes, there really was a Dom Perignon



    I toured the cellars of Moet et Chandon and this is a photo of close to US$1,000,000 worth of champagne in the process...


    Dom Perignon bottles of champagne ... in the process of developing


    Rows and rows, blocks and blocks, kilometers and kilometers of champagne


    A taste


    ... and I'm taking you home

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    I am loving the abbey pictures

    btw did you really have to take a classic FB bathroom pic?
    If you don't fight for what you deserve, you deserve what you get.
    We are > Fossil Fuels --- Bill McKibben 350.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by kia027 View Post
    I am loving the abbey pictures

    btw did you really have to take a classic FB bathroom pic?
    cho

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    I have so many photos to bore you with Here goes some more

    I will call this set Paris and Pretty Flowaz caw mi doan know what else fi name it

    Spent a week in Paris visiting popular and not so popular places. Love flowers and gardens

    My favorite photo of the 100 I took of the Eiffel tower



    Random garden in Montmartre neighborhood


    Flowaz spilling over balconies everywhere

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    Wall of flowers in the Latin Quarter near the Sorbonne


    Near Pont Neuf on island on the Seine




    Some random garden


    Pear tree in Montmartre

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