Home via Epernay and Reims-Gueux
As our driving adventure draws to a close, the final day of this Grand Tour is a slightly sad. We’ve all had so much fun that we know we’ll be looking forward to the next trip almost as soon as we get home. There’s also the horrendous British roads (and driving) to greet us on our return. So we drag it out slightly and decide to go through Epernay for lunch, and then to Reims-Gueux. The drive to Epernay is lovely, as we pass through arrow-straight rural roads, canopied by pine trees that line the route. It has a very Provencal feel to it.
Leaving the Grand Hotel La Cloche we head to Epernay in the heart of champagne region, with all the grand old champagne houses dotting the side streets. The middle of the city is also a food lovers delight. It doesn’t matter where you stop, the grub will be great. About a dozen of us sit outside a café right in the middle of town, exchanging war stories and chatting through which trips they want to do next. Inevitably, the south of France features highly on everyone’s list.
On the way to Calais we decide to swing by the old French Grand Prix circuit at Reims-Gueux. The pit buildings and grandstands that once lined the main straight are still there, complete with the old logos of Jaguar and Elf meticulously maintained by some selfless soul. In driving terms, its not exciting, but it’s a great opportunity to take in some history and also get some drone footage for our next promotional video.
And then we’re off to Calais. Its been another fantastic adventure with some fantastic people.