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Helicoptering over Champagne- 09.05.08

helicopter0.jpgI’ve thought and rethought and dreamt about how to describe this trip, how to break up the posts, how to tell you about all of the incredible things that have happened in the last three days, and somehow it all comes across sounding quite possibly a bit gushy and cheesy. So, you know what? I’m just going to be completely honest with all of you, and even though i have about 1000+ pics of so many insane adventures and stories, here’s the plan: i’m going to work my way through them in images, sharing with you piece by piece, scattered with little stories as i remember them.

The official aspect of this Veuve Clicquot France trip has come to an end, and most of the other bloggers are headed back home, my new Veuve Clicquot family has been kind enough to put me up for 5 more nights so i can cover Paris Design this week at Maison & Objet. So about that family thing, i kid you not that it feels like we were all adopted by the Veuve Clicquot family, everyone from the president, to communications, to brand managers, to sommeliers, and more welcomed us with open arms, and were so kind (and insanely playful, passionate, and full of life) - it felt far more like hanging out with your long lost aunt than meeting with the president of multinational, centuries old, champagne powerhouse. Also, what’s more inspiring than constantly hearing the lore of Madame Clicquot, and in a one liner… a woman who was widows at 27, who manages to revolutionize the champagne industry through a multitude of innovations, and becomes the richest woman in europe in a time where women held few rights? (So, at 25, i guess i have a lot of work to do to catch up someday!)

Ok, but, moving along ~ HELICOPTER RIDE! I’d never been on a helicopter, and the crazy, secret loving itinerary planners of this trip worked in massive surprises for us everyday where even the drivers didn’t know what was up until we arrived. So imagine the looks on our faces when we pulled up to L’aerodrome Reims Prunay? And when we are whisked into “the rolls royce of helicopters” (leather seats, Bose headsets, etc), and soon peering over at the champagne region from bird’s eye view, watching all of the tiny people, vast vineyards, circling the mountain… then suddenly you see it. Madame Clicquot’s historic Boursault Castle. Mind. Blowing. Go see the rest of the images on the next page!

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Here is Stephane Gerschel, Veuve Clicquot’s International Communication Director, and quite possibly one of the most vivacious and passionate people we spent quite a bit of time with throughout the trip.
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Here is Brian Leavy from french blog Materialiste
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Jean, fantastic!!! I drove up through France last year to Normandy from my family’s place near Pisa. Had a fantastic time, but there were lots of occasions when I wished I could have seen the landscape from the air. Those chateau are incredible. I hadn’t seen this page when I made the comment about this being a champagne site. Some premonition!

----- Seb 18.08.10 20:45

I love your elephant top!

----- Zach 06.08.10 15:03

i shoot with a canon 40d ~ and i get to be a blogger for NOTCOT by starting NOTCOT. No reason to blog for anyone else (and its not nearly as fun!)

----- jean/NOTCOT 31.10.08 11:07

Just wondering what camera you use?? as well as, how did you get to be a blogger for Notcot? do you blog for anything else? you trips and travels are facinating, and enjoy reading your posts very much!

—Vanessa

----- vanessa 31.10.08 10:33

That is so insanely cool! I’m loving the narratives that accompany each set of shots too, they just bring a little bit more to the experience for those of us on the outside. Jealous x 1 million.

----- The Slapster 07.09.08 13:17

great photos. what fun! =) wish i was there.

----- rugenius 05.09.08 02:33

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