Condé en Brie
Conde-en-Brie is located only an hour from Paris, and is nestled in the middle of the vineyards of the Marne Valley's Champagne Tourist Route.
Chaumont was originally called Calvus Mons, or Bald Mountain, and sits on the edge of a plateau where the Marne and Suize rivers come together in the upper Marne valley.
Langres is a walled town built on a limestone promontory overlooking the Mediterranean, and its history stretches back about two millennia.
Located ninety miles northeast of Paris, Reims was magnificent before the first World War, when most of its historical buildings were flattened and replaced by more modern buildings.
Epernay, located on the south bank of the Marne, lives for champagne. The avenue de Champagne, though the buildings along it are drab and functional, is a veritable treasury of the world's finest champagnes, and are filled with treasures if one only goes belowground.
In the late 12th century, Chretien de Troyes wrote the first French versions of the Arthurian legends down, many of them the same stories that are told today. With this kind of native son, Troyes cannot help but delight with its fairy-tale beauty and vibrance.
La Ferté sous Jouarre
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre has a bizarre claim to fame: it used to make the world's best millstones. On a roundabout when you enter the city, you'll see your first millstone, but nothing is made of it.
Chateau-Thierry is located in Champagne, a word that traces its root to the Latin for "open field." It also translates to "battlefield." Either term is very accurate for the area, for not only is it a land of wide open spaces, but it's also been long crisscrossed by battlefields. The grapes of Champagne have been nourished by the blood of soldiers for millennia.