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Champagne Potatoes

I imagined Champagne would be comprised of winding valleys whose slopes were covered with densely groomed grape vines. Very small pieces of it are. The majority of it is enormous wheat and cabbage fields, stretching in slow swathes of plains across the fertile-if-rather-dull landscape. The highlight for me of the non-grape agricultural zones were the mountains of potatoes. This is the best of my photos of them, all taken at speed from a moving vehicle.

P.S. I'm not actually in France anymore, having since passed through Luxembourg City, Vianden, Heidelberg, Fulda, and the quiet hiking base of Friedrichroda, and am now in Leipzig, the easternmost point of this journey.


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Sep. 25th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
It's the Sto Plain!
Sep. 25th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
And now you are in the birthplace of physical chemistry!

Thanks for these great pictures you've been posting along the way.
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is! The guidebook didn't promote there being anything relevant to see, although the university has a whole collection of museums.

Thanks to having had sporadic access to the internet at the hotels along the way (and I planned the whole trip around having internet access), I'm actually spending most of my time in Leipzig catching up with grading (and eating nice dinners). I have a few hours tomorrow to see some of the highlights however.

The bunsen burner was invented in Heidelberg, speaking of history of chemistry. I toured the city in the world's largest all-metal catamaran (this isn't actually saying all that much in terms of side) - and it was solar-powered! The motor was extremely quiet, which should have made for a quiet trip, but the touristic commentary, puntuated by long bouts of filler music, made up for the noise the engine didn't provide.
Sep. 25th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Wow. I have never seen a mountain of potatoes before.

(Is Champagne in Heaven?)
Sep. 26th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
(If it is, Heaven sure has a lot of cabbage in it.)
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