Aube is situated in the Champagne region of Ardennes in the north east of France and is the perfect area to visit for those wanting to see the abundant beauty that Champagne has to offer. An area most famous around the world for its production of a wide range of sparkling wines such as the much loved Bollinger Champagne, this region has more to it than many people know.
As well as quaint towns and villages, you’ll find enough lakes and forests to keep the nature lovers amongst you happy and at the same time, fans of adventure sports are also well served with a wide variety of activities available such as quad bikes, canoeing and even a centre for parachute jumping. But let’s not forget that this destination is also home to the delicious grapes that go into make the drink of choice for any celebration,
The ancient town of Troyes is the former capital of the Champagne region, making it an ideal base to explore what the wonderful region of Champagne has to offer.
Troyes is steeped in history and full of quaint streets and timber-framed houses. You could easily spend your time here simply wandering around and taking in the beauty of the place, in the form of gothic statues and stained glass windows. On top of that there is much to do, for example making time to visit the Museum of Modern Art or the stunning Cathedral of St Paul and St Peter.
The beauty of glass
In Aube you will never be stuck for a souvenir. The area is renowned for it’s glassworks. Home to various crystal and glass blowing factories, including the first one ever established by the glass master of Venetia who also settled in region. If you fancy a short trip to Bayel, you can visit the crystal factory that that makes an assortment of bottles for the locally produced Champagne.
Churches and Castles
There are several historic buildings and monuments all through the region of Aube, such as the Chateau de la Motte. This captivating building is open from Wednesday through till Sunday for tours and the gardens are open daily, hosting various theatrical events and concerts during the summer months.
Some parts of Chateau de Droupt Saint Basle date back to the 16th century and it even includes an assortment of excellent medieval art. This region is also the home to various timber-framed churches, in villages such as Mathaux and Lentilles. All of these ancient buildings feature beautiful stained glass windows, ancient works of art and sculptures.
The great outdoors
The Orient, a Forest Natural Park, offers biking trails and walking for those people who prefer the great outdoors to ancient architecture and art. The surrounding lakes are home to several breeds of migratory birds and if you are lucky, you might even see the White Tail Eagle in its natural habitat. Sailing and kayaking is a must for adventure enthusiasts and for a more tame experience why not take a jaunt in a cart and horse. For the ultimate arial view of the Aube, why not opt for a parachute jump at Brienne le Chateau.
There is so much more to Champagne than the delicious sparking wine that is produced here, so if you really want to celebrate book a holiday to the region of France that has something for everyone.