After two beautiful weeks spent in Paris it was time for us to jump on the train to Saacy sur Marne. A town just 45 minutes northeast of the city.
This train station was a nightmare. Our train was delayed 2 hours for unknown reasons and the train station was packed with pushy people.
Once the train arrived we were packed like sardines. Literally standing on top of one another. It was awful and so stinky.
Once we arrived in Saacy it was seriously like another world.
Peace and quiet. Rolling hills, vineyards, and farmlands. We're definitely not in Paris anymore!
After we were picked up from the train station by Father Francois he took us for some vino and pizza!
The town was ever so charming. "Little town, such a quiet village," was on repeat in our heads. Nico couldn't stop whistling the tune.
It was extrememly refreshing to have peace and quite after being in loud, touristy cities for the last month. There were no tourists, except us, here. All locals. Locals who were super proud to call their city the first city in the region of champagne.
The house we were staying in was a picturesque French country house. I felt right at home.
Nico and I decided to walk down to the boulangerie for a fresh baguette and do some exploring before going to the boys school for a feast!
Beautiful country roads.
A lot of champagne cities are located near the river. Saacy sur Marne, Mery Sur Marne, Charly sur Marne for example are neighboring towns that all sit along the marne, or river.
After a little exploring it was time for a lunch. It was a feast day for the school. They had a big party with a lot of food and good drinks!
We woke up to a traditional french breakfast. Bread, bread, and more bread. (I really miss eggs, bacon, and my favorite toast with crunchy almond butter, raspberrys, blackberries and honey.) Oh and a huge bowl of coffee. I went to reach for a cup and the family were staying with told me to use the bowl. It was interesting, but I finished the whole bowl of coffee. I have to add that the yogurt here is probably the best yogurt I've ever had. When it's in a glass jar, you know it's good.
We spent the day catching up on sleep and work.
The family we stayed with didn't speak English so it was really interesting to communicate with them! We used a lot of google translate! They took the time to teach us and talk slow.
Once dinner time rolled around we were given a local beer. We learned that the husband was a farmer! His wheat creates this beer! It was DELICIOUS!
Our daily dessert! Divine. So simple, yet so good. And brown sugar on raspberries?! Why haven't I been doing this my whole life?!
After dinner Nico and I went on a stroll through the town and out into the farms. We wanted to chase the sunset.
Along our stroll we stumbled upon A DEER FARM! We were so confused. There were so many. These little guys just started coming up to the fence so we could hand feed them grass.
Nico and I never realized how much we enjoyed walking and "stumbling upon" interesting things and places. We can't get over the beauty of this little town North of Paris. I had never heard about it until this trip.
I think I mentioned this before, but there's one thing I learned for sure on this day. I do not like aged Brie. I love BAKED Brie, but when it's actually slimy (supposedly that's when you know it's "good")
I mean I didn't want to insult our poor hosts, but I could not pallet this. I am normally so open to eating new foods and I typically like everything. Especially cheese. I'm getting older and changing. I do not like all cheese.
Another little thing we've learned since being in France for a month, driers are not nessesary. Yes, they make your life easier by drying your clothes faster, but let's be honest. How many of us dry our clothes and leave them sitting there for hours?
Our clothes are so soft and in such better shape than before. I tend to shrink everything and hanging my clothes keeps them exactly the way they're supposed to be. I may sound naive and silly, but I don't care. AIR DRY FOR THE WIN!
Well that's half of our relaxing week spent we spent in Saacy Sur Marne! Tomorrow is all about DISNEYLAND PARIS!!!
Bye for now!