So we wandered again into the serene Cistercian church with solemn nave and light through the windows at the far end, the capitals of the columns plain in the Cistercian fashion, the one statue of the virgin and child in the transept. In the gardens we walked the paths to a sweet fountain pool and then again to the forge and ironworks driven by the waterwheel, recently restored to actually work again. I was sorry to see the climbing roses missing from the dovecote but the overall effect was very beautiful and faithful to the original plan of the abbey. Most worth a visit.
We decided to take the tour of Moet and Chandon, which requires booking in advance. Ours was for later the same morning at about 11.50am, which really meant we couldn’t see another place in the morning and be back in time for the tour, so we had an explore in the town. There isn’t a great deal to interest the casual tourist.
On recommendation, we visited 520, a shop where the advice was reputed to be excellent. We consulted and ended up purchasing one bottle of each grape type used in making champagne ( Chardonnay, Meunier, Pinot Noir) so we could taste the difference. It was informative and the champagne tasted great later in Paris. No way could we carry it on the plane so alas, it needed to be drunk in Paris. What hardship!!!
Really, this was a stop just for a taster of Champagne. Tomorrow, on to Paris!