In April, Adam and I went for a weekend to Reims and Epernay for champagne tasting. I thought champagne tasting would be a lot like wine tasting. The wineries pour 2-3 ounces of wine so customers can taste multiple wines. All the Champagne houses we went to poured full glasses. A tasting usually includes three glasses of different champagnes. I never thought I would say this, “but that’s just too much champagne.” How does one taste at a champagne house and move to the next? Somehow we managed.
We stopped in Reims to visit one of our favorite champagne houses, Veuve Clicquot. We also stopped at Champagne Taittinger, and Champagne G.H. MUMM. Veuve Clicquot was our favorite in Reims. Unfortunately, we only had one day in Epernay, France. Oh my goodness, Epernay was a wonderful surprise to us. I can’t wait to go back. Avenue de Champagne is filled with beautiful mansions and old Victorian style homes that are all Champagne Houses. Most of the Champagne houses were within walking distance from one another. We ended up purchasing a lot of bottles on Avenue De Champagne.
Two weeks later Adam and I headed to Dublin, Ireland for four nights and then took a ferry to London. This ferry was not your typical ferry. This was a cruise ship. Super nice with a movie theater, restaurants, game area, and rooms for rent. Adam and I were shocked. We had to check our tickets to make sure we were getting on the correct boat. The trip on the ferry was around 5 hours. Dublin:
· Guinness Store House -The Guinness Store House was like an amusement park. All it was missing was rides. This place was huge and too crowded! The best part was the bar on top that overlooked Dublin. We had a fantastic Guinness and then headed out. I’m glad we went, but I don’t know if I would recommend it.
· The next day we walked around Trinity College and then to an Irish Whisky Museum. I loved this museum! We had a great tour guide. The tour had about 8 people and the tastings at the end were fantastic! I liked this so much better than the Guinness Store House. · Saw Dublin Castle, went to Grafton Street area for lunch and shopping · Old Jameson Distillery- The building itself was awesome, the tour was not very good and the tasting was ok. If you can’t get into the tour, I would recommend going and getting a drink at the bar. · Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl – Wow! This was such a fun night. We met our guides who were also the musicians for the pub-crawl at a bar. They would talk about traditional music, culture and would tell fun stories before each song. We walked to 2 different bars with the tour and stayed at each for close to an hour. Our guides would play music at each bar we went to. One guy played the fiddle while the other played a mandolin and a few other instruments.
London – We had a full itinerary and we still did not get to do and see everything. Adam and I both can’t wait to go back to London.
· Tally Ho! Cycle Tours 3hrs. – So much fun. I was a bit nervous to be back on a bicycle especially in London. The tour guide made this so easy for all of us. We were able to see most of the big attractions and learn their history. It lasted a little over 3 hours. I’m going to look into bicycle tours more often.
· Eating London – Food tour 3.5hrs- this has to be the most food given in one food tour. If we hadn’t gone on this tour we would have missed visiting the East End of London, which is a really cool area. Our stomachs were sooooo full by the end. Great food, great history, great tour guide.
· Shakespear’s Globe Theater – On our last night in London we saw The Merchant of Venice. The theater is an open-air theater. This theater offered two kinds of tickets, seat tickets and standing tickets. Standing tickets were right in front of the stage. The show was sold out. Most people who had standing tickets would sit on the ground during breaks. We were able to purchase seat tickets.
One week later we went to Cartagena, Spain. Adam had a work conference and I was able to join him. Cartagena is a beautiful little town. It’s unbelievable the amount of Roman Ruins this town has. I will write about Cartagena on another post.
My mother in-law, Lois is on her way for a 3-week visit from Arizona. I know it will be no surprise to hear that I made a 3-week itinerary. Very excited to have company.
The Rosensweet Inn has been booked through the beginning of October. We are very excited to show off Brussels and to experience new places with family and friends.