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Midnights In Paris, And An Afternoon In Champagne

Part I: Escapades in Paris

I’ve been to Paris only a few times in my life, but its one of those cities that gets better with every visit. This past weekend a few b-school friends and I hopped on a quick easyJet flight, narrowly avoiding yet another Italian transportation strike which had downed many flights for the day, and we were in the beautiful City of Light in time for dinner and drinks.

This Paris trip was particularly great as the 6 of us had all been to Paris before: we spent just as much time exploring the city as we did enjoying the french cuisine (and wine of course.) While we were there for only three nights, I hope a longer stint in Paris will be in my near future. Next on the list: learning French!

Where To Eat in Paris:

Le Petit Marché – A modern French restaurant with a touch of Asian fusion in the Marais District. Try the sesame tuna and the veal.

La Maison de Verlaine – Very intimate and delicious restaurant at the top of Rue Descartes in the Latin Quarter. Fun fact: Hemingway lived in this building for five years in 1921.

L’As du Fallafel – A busy spot in the Marais district but worth the wait. Get the falafel with everything on it.

Pierre Hermé – A very biased choice here as its my favorite macaron place in town!


Part II: Bubbles in Champagne Country

One of the best parts of the weekend was a quick day trip Jen and I took to Epernay to visit the Moët & Chandon house. As most of you know, this past summer I had an amazing internship with Moët Hennessy USA in New York, and part of my work in the trade marketing department involved creating tools to increase our portfolio’s champagne sales. Epernay is tiny, but the reason to go there is for L’Avenue de Champagne, the long street of champagne houses that extends through the area (and much much farther than we walked.) Some say that it is even the most expensive street in the world due to the many bottles they have stored there. There are other champagne houses in Reims, such as Veuve Clicquot, Piper-Heisieck and Tattinger, but we were able to secure some last minute spots at the M&C house here in Epernay. The tour itself had room for improvement as it felt far too rushed and our guide was not very clear, but the highlight was walking through part of M&C’s 28 kilometers of cellars. Yes, thats over 17 miles of cellars, and I suppose part of the reason the tour guide was afraid of losing me since I was always lagging behind trying to take photos. The visit naturally ends with a tasting, and Jen and I opted for the “Grand Vintage” tasting which consisted of 2 glasses of White and Rosé 2004 and was absolutely delicious. We made the trip out to champagne country – we had to do it right!



Bisous! Until next time…

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