We got back home last night after spending four nights in the village called Bouzy, in Champagne. It's about 10 miles northeast of Epernay, and the grapes grown around Bouzy are of the Pinot Noir variety. The sparkling wine made in Bouzy is champagne, of course, but more specifically Blanc de Noirs — white bubbly wine made from red (in French, "black") grapes.L'enseigne du notaire — you see these signs in all French towns.
More about all that in coming posts. It's nice to be back in Touraine, but Champagne was fun and interesting too. We rented a house in the middle of the village, population about 1000. That was a change for us, after living for more than eight years out in the country. The house we stayed in up in the Perche was also out in the country — it was more isolated and remote than our house in Saint-Aignan.