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8 things you probably didn't know about Champagne

There’s one thing I’ve always known about Champagne – I love it. It’s not just the taste. It’s the sense of occasion that comes with the popping of the cork, the bubbles and the instant  1,081 more words

European Foodie Adventures

Getting Schooled in Champagne

I’ve been curious about Champagne since I started studying wine seven years ago. How do the bubbles get into the bottle? What is the deal with the second fermentation? 1,228 more words

SNCF to Reims: Day trip from Paris

Imagine this, acres and acres of rolling verdant hills and roads winding through it. That is the Champagne-Ardenne region of France for you. If you have seen the tea estates in Munnar, Kerala (India) or the ones in Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka, you will sense a resemblance except that the tea gardens are replaced by vineyards. 976 more words


History lesson in Reims.

I came to Reims by luck and probably at the worst time of the year to visit this ancient city. In December I had an early morning business meeting in Reims. 714 more words


Ground Covered

Thus far, leading up to a Le Havre departure, my father has moved from Schleiz, Germany, to Luxembourg City, to camp Oklahoma City outside Reims, France, to Camp Home Run outside Le Havre, from the end of May through the end of June, 1945. 37 more words

Bernard McKenzie

Heading Home Across an Embattled Europe

Our convoy rolling along a French highway toward Le Havre, France.

Bernard McKenzie, June 1945

French flags such as shown flying here were hoisted in France as the Jerry’s were pushed out.

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Camp Oklahoma City, Next Best Place to Being Home

Complete & successful destruction of a Nazi Party headquarters building near Cologne, Germany.

Bernard McKenzie, June 19, 1945

A view of the picturesque Moselle River near Wasserbillig, Germany.

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