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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Champagne Souvenirs

Ever wonder what to do with a champagne bottle cap ... that little metal on top of the cork?  I thought nothing of them until we stayed at Hostellerie La Briqueterie in the village of Vinay in the Champagne region of France.  At this country inn, we saw special tables displaying a large variety of champagne bottle caps under glass tops.  
Mr. Wonderful and I would try and identify the brands and decide which variety to taste before dinner.

La Briqueterie is a comfortable, even luxurious, small hotel with a superb restaurant and cozy places to sit and read.
While the rooms were on the small side and the free Wi-Fi only worked in the public spaces, the whole effect was relaxing causal elegance.  No complaints from me.
One of my favorite places to sit and read was the garden room with its interesting light fixture made of milk glass shaped like vines and grapes.
Then there was the garden, perfect for walks.

Finally, after a long day of touring vineyards and sampling the regional cuisine, it's time for sleep.  At La Briqueterie, each room is named after a flower, painted on the door, so you can find y our room by number or flower.

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