With a bit of sadness to be leaving Paris and great anticipation for le sud, we set out in our Renault Scenic for the south of France. Marc manned the wheel and Mel navigated the route. Together we managed to find our way through some of France’s most beautiful paysages (countrysides), while enjoying scenic views, quaint towns and some great wine along the way.
Marc had to try very hard to focus on the road, which proved difficult with so much joli paysage to take in. Aren't those intense fields of gold incroyable?!
Our first stop was champagne country and the city of Reims where Marc and Sammy pose by the cathedral. We discovered that Sammy thinks champagne is delicieux!
Luckily for us, France's love of dogs meant that traveling with Sammy was 'pas de problème.' Here she gazes at the Pommery Champagne Cave that we visited with her.
How about these two storks?! In Alsace, we visited the très mignon town of Obernai, where they love their native bird.
The cool part was that there actually were storks in Obernai. Isn't he magnifique sitting atop one of the buildings?
When it was time for a bite to eat, we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous mountain view and have a picnic.
We took the scenic route to get this shot of the Vosges Mountains. Although the altitude isn't incredibly high, these mountains offer many inspiring views.
Another town that we stayed in that has German influence is Colmar. You can see it in the rooftops of the town and we experienced the difference with the food as well. Plenty of bretzels to eat in place of baguettes.
Sammy enjoyed her car rides each day and the new spots she got to sleep in each night. Here she gets a good look and smell of the Alsacian grape fields.
Our trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to another Le Corbusier masterpiece. Unlike the other two of his works that we visited before, this one is a church that sits upon a hilltop. It is a very impressive site both of the building itself and the surrounding countryside.
We had to include a picture of our "hotel" in Beaune. It turned out to be a motel outside of town, surrounded by vineyards. It felt like a scene from 'Sideways', except with Bourgogne wine, instead of pinot noir.
At least the view from our motel room was pas mal…
Just one more picture of the vines… Luckily, we don't have to say au revoir to them for long since Perpignan has many great vineyards in its surrounding villages, including a very important one where a certain couple celebrated their nuptials just three short years ago. We look forward to sharing Perpignan with you very soon!