History buffs and culture vultures will be in their element when visiting the beautiful French region of Champagne. Located in the northeast of the country, this historical province has everything from sixteenth-century buildings to modern art museums – it’s the ideal holiday destination if you’re looking to expand your historical knowledge. |
If you’re thinking about booking a jam-packed city break, quick weekend getaway or a luxury barge holiday in France, you definitely won’t want to miss what Champagne has in store. Here are some of its highlights.
Musée de La Vigne et du Vin
This attraction is a great way to spend an afternoon of your holiday, particularly for those interested in champagne (the drink, that is). Visit the Museum of Vine and Wine and find out everything you could ever need to know about the production of the well-loved drink, from its very beginnings back in the seventeenth century.
Enjoy a guided tour around the museum, venture down into the wine cellars and explore the luscious vineyards before sampling some of the champagne itself.
Avenue de Champagne
If you’re interested in architecture, you should certainly pay a visit to Avenue de Champagne – a boulevard lined with impressive villas and mansions rebuilt after WWI. Of particular interest is Moët’s private Hôtel Chandon, a beautiful residence surrounded by verdant gardens. You may also spot the Château Perrier, a mansion which is soon to be converted into another museum.
Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul
Troyes' cathedral is a must-see, and is a great example of classic gothic architecture. The stunning stained-glass windows date back to as early as the thirteenth century, and inside you will find the Baroque organ from the eighteenth century. The building is majestic throughout, and provides plenty of great photo opportunities.
Musée d’Art Moderne
You can easily spend a long afternoon in this museum. Admire magnificent French paintings, glassworks from Maurice Marinot, colourful ceramics and much more. You’ll also find serval world-famous works here, from artists such as Picasso and Matisse. This is a great attraction for not only art lovers, but those with an interest in sculpture and graphic design, too. This attraction really does have something for everyone.
Try Something New
Exploring the wonderful sights of Champagne is a great way to make the most of your French adventure, but accommodation can make all the difference. A barge holiday in France offers more than just a room for the night – discover the bright, verdant landscapes of the region as you cruise across the waters, stopping off at your favourite destinations along the way. What better way to enjoy your holiday?
A barge holiday in France is the ideal option for history buffs and culture loving travellers, so get in touch with a specialist provider today and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider if you're looking for an all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday in France or other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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