Sunshine, rolling hills of vineyards, baguettes, croissants, majestic chateaus, and bubbly… the Champagne region is the land of luxury, filled with pleasures for all senses. We soaked in the sunshine & beautiful views while the Hygge Bus shined against the backdrop of the wide-open blue sky and vast green landscape.
Since our ol' bus prefers to cruise under 80 km/hr, we follow the easygoing, less-travelled roads and steer clear of the main highways. Although it does take a bit longer to get from place to place, the views are worth it, as is the freedom to stop and smile with the sunflowers.
A trip to the champagne region wouldn't be complete without a chateau visit, including a tasting. We stopped at the lovely Ruffin et Fils chateau and were welcomed by a hospitable Frenchman and tasting glasses for two. After sampling 4 varieties, we each picked our favorite and left happy with 3 bottles, including their classic Brut and Rosé.
That night we found a small, quiet campsite overlooking the vineyards, with everything we needed within biking distance: a boulangerie, market, and a café with a terrace. We finished the day on a terrace watching the locals while sipping on a refreshing beer.
On our way home, we stopped at the market for dinner supplies and shared a lovely meal from the large 'hygge plate' along with a bottle of wine.
Happy & satisfied, we fell asleep dreaming of waking up to our table filled with croissants, a baguette, strawberry jam and breakfast bubbly…