My favourite boutique Champagne house

Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, Epernay, Champagne, France

One lovely sunny afternoon while wandering the length of perhaps my favourite street in the world, Avenue de Champagne, past the large Champagne houses of Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger and Perrier-Jouët and toward the vineyards that lie at the end of the avenue, we stumbled across a cute Champagne house called Paul-Etienne Saint Germain. Encouraged by the small sign outside simply saying “Tastings” we knocked on the large front door and were greeted by a friendly man, Jean-Michel, who took us inside to an intimate little tasting room where he and his wife, Agnes, told us the story of their dream to one day make their own Champagne. Having grown up in Epernay and spending 20 years working in the Champagne industry for others, they have worked hard to build their business from the ground up. With dreams fulfilled, their Champagne is now served in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Both them and their story were so adorable that it was a pleasure to walk out of there with one of their delicious magnums under my arm!

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My favourite viewpoint in Paris

Ciel de Paris, Tour Montparnasse, Paris, France.

No, my favourite viewpoint in Paris is not from the top of the Eiffel Tower, nor Arc de Triomphe, nor even from the foot of Sacre Coeur (although that does come in a close second), but it is in fact from the top of Tour Montparnasse. It is not an attractive building itself – in fact 2 years after it was completed the construction of skyscrapers in Paris was banned! However, once you make your way to the 56th floor of this building, rather than fork out 13 Euros for the privilege of standing on their panoramic floor, why not head opposite to Ciel de Paris and instead spend your money on a tasting flight of champagne while enjoying the view. With floor to ceiling glass, directly in front of the Eiffel Tower, and a champagne in hand while the sun sets, there is nothing quite like it.