Fresh from a trip to Champagne, Luxury Travel Advisor has bubbly on the brain. (Stay tuned for tips on Pommery and Veuve-Clicquot in a future issue of the magazine.) In the meantime, those who have a hankering for Champagne- or feel like feting International Champagne Day- may want to make a trip to Reims on their next Paris jaunt. Champagne country is less than an hour by TGV from the French capital, making it easily accessible, even on a day-trip. Most of the large Champagne houses have cellars in Reims.
For those traveling to Paris this month, don’t miss the “Nuits de Champagne” which takes place from October 28-November 3, 2012 in the beautiful medieval city of Troyes. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the festival hosts 30 music concerts, overseen by composer Maxime Le Forestier, this year's esteemed guest of honor.
Just 1.5 hours southeast of Paris by train, Troyes itself is an off-the-beaten path marvel of half-timbered houses and hole-in-the-wall wine bars. After taking in a concert, bed down at La Maison des Rhodes, a luxury hotel housed in an exquisitely restored building that once belonged to the Knights Templar. For more information, visit www.nuitsdechampagne.com and www.tourisme-troyes.com.
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