Luhmanns in France 2017 trip to Champagne, normandy and paris

With airfares low and weather warming up, we seized the opportunity to take a one week trip to Paris. Tess flew over from England to join us.


We stayed at Parva Domus, on the Avenue de Champagne. Merci, M. Rimaire!

After checking in to Parva Domus in Epernay, we had lunch and Champagne (of course). Then we wandered around town. After a quick nap, we did some champagne tasting. Michel Gonet was our favorite, with a yummy Blanc de Blancs.

Rheims Cathedral where the Kings of France were crowned.

The next day we made the short trip to Rheims.

Amazing that this beautiful Gothic cathedral survived more than 700 years, including the ravages of the First World War.
Marc Chagall's amazing stained glass windows.


We (Rick) drove straight from Champagne to the historic town of Bayeux.

Hotel Tardif: a B&B in a 18th century manorhouse.
Living the life - Our triple room with stained glass windows and fireplace (you can't see the 2nd bed).

Famous for its cathedral, the Bayeux tapestry and its proximity to the D-Day landing beaches, Bayeaux has been an important town for a thousand years.

medieval buildings
Galettes on the canal
Rick and Tess after the Saturday market, in front of the cathedral.
Easter chocolate shopping in Bayeux

Mont Saint Michel

Amazing medieval abbey in Bretagne. When the tide comes in it's surrounded by water.

Omaha Beach

Shocking that this quiet windswept beach was once the site of intense fighting.

Allied flags on the beachfront.

Back in time to the Norman Conquest.

The Bayeux Tapestry, a thousand year-old record of the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror.
Harold - should have stayed home.
We meet the Mouton family, in Langrune-sur-mer.. Our correspondent Marianne and Tess reconnect after 10 years.

Final stop: Paris.

Our last stop - Paris. Tess and Rick outside Saint Suplice.
Sunday at the Parc du Luxembourg and a stop in a cafe.
Late night jazz at Caveux de la Huchette
Cafe life.
Our final night: Dinner at le Train Bleu overlooking Gare de Lyon.


  • Champagnes Michel Gonet
  • L'Alambic, Rheims
  • Le P'tit Resto, Bayeux
  • La Reine Mathilde, Bayeux
  • de Neuville, Paris - easter egg pralines to die for
  • Monk La Taverne de Cluny - sauce normandaise
  • La Rose de France (mashed potatoes that were mostly butter)
  • Le Train Bleu (watch Mr. Bean)
  • Parva Domus, Epernay
  • Le Hotel Tardif, Bayeux


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