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Getting There & Away

Champagne, just north of Burgundy’s Châtillonnais and Chablis wine regions, makes a refreshing stopover if you’re driving from the Channel ports, Lille or Paris eastward to Lorraine or Alsace, or southeastward towards Dijon, Lyon or Provence.

France’s rail lines radiate out from Paris like the spokes of a wheel and, as it happens, Reims, Épernay and Troyes are each on a different spoke (more or less). Thanks to the TGV Est Européen line, Reims can be visited on a day trip from Paris.