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Champagne-Ardenne
—  Region of France  —

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Country France
Prefecture Châlons-en-Champagne
Departments
Government
 - President Jean-Paul Bachy (PS)
Area
 - Total 25,606 km2 (9,886.5 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)
 - Total 1,334,000
 - Density 52.1/km2 (134.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Region FR2
Website cr-champagne-ardenne.fr

Champagne-Ardenne is one of the 26 regions of France. It is located in the northeast of the country, bordering Belgium, and consists of four departments: Aube, Ardennes, Haute-Marne, and Marne. The region is famous for its sparkling white wine (champagne). Its rivers, most of which flow west, include the Seine, the Marne, and the Aisne. The Meuse flows north.

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Transportation

Highways

Rail

The rail network includes the Paris–Strasbourg line, which follows the Marne Valley and serves Épernay, Châlons-en-Champagne, and Vitry-le-François. The LGV Est TGV line also connecting Paris and Strasbourg opened in 2007 and serves Reims with a train station in the commune of Bezannes.

Water

The region's canals include the Canal latéral à la Marne and Marne-Rhine Canal, the latter connecting to the Marne at Vitry-le-François. These are petit gabarit canals.

Air

The Vatry International Airport, primarily dedicated to air freight, has a runway 3650 m long, yet it is often unused. The airport is in a sparsely populated area just 150 km from Paris. Some people say it is a good candidate for transformation into a third Parisian airport. Les verts (the French green party) supported such a move because the resulting noise pollution would affect fewer people than an airport closer to Paris.

See also: Ardennes

Economy

Businesses

  • Verreries Mécaniques de Champagne
  • Produits Métallurgiques à Reims
  • Vallourec

Food processing

  • Champagne-Céréales
  • France-Luzerne
  • Béghin-Say

Demographics

The population of Champagne-Ardenne has been in steady decrease since 1982 due to a rural exodus. With 1.3 million people and a density of 52/km², it is one of France's least populated regions.

Tourism

Champagne-Ardenne has the following:

  • 291 approved tourist hotels offering 8,000 rooms
Moulin de Valmy dans les champs

Visitors often go to Champagne because of its history and its world-famous wine. However, their itineraries diverge when they discover the region's cultural heritage and its cuisine: some visit Troyes and its ancient houses, others visit Langres and its walls, Châlons-en-Champagne and it Cloister, still others visit Épernay, Reims, or Colombey-les-deux-Églises.

The region contains some magnificent forests and lakes where one can enjoy hiking and water sports.

Major communities

See also

External links

Coordinates: 49°00′N 4°30′E / 49°N 4.5°E / 49; 4.5


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : France : Northeast France : Champagne-Ardenne
Map of Champagne-Ardenne
Map of Champagne-Ardenne

Champagne-Ardennes [1] is a region of eastern France.

Other destinations

The home of champagne could only be welcoming. Accept its invitation and feast your eyes and taste buds! Champagne country, birthplace of le champagne, the world's most festive wine. La Champagne, the region where this fine bubbly is made, holds so many treasures: a rolling countryside, dotted medieval churches, timeless castles and villages along winding waterways, historic fortifications in the forested Ardennes, and vineyards as far as the eye can see between Reims and Epernay.

  • Reims Cathedral
  • Champagne and its famous vineyards
  • Manstouch Travel (Manstouch), Paris, +33 1 45 51 53 80, [3]. 10. We offer scheduled coach tours and personalized itineraries with a private guide to visit Champagne producers and vineyards with tastings. Overnight tours with local guides departing from Reims also available. From 106euro pp.  edit

Eat

Alcohol in Champagne-Ardenne Champagne Local wines

Sweet food in Champagne-Ardenne Biscuits roses (pink speciality biscuits) Croquignoles (cracknels) Coconut macaroons Bouchons de champagne (chocolate champagne corks)

Savoury food in Champagne-Ardenne Sauerkraut Andouillette Boudin blanc Pied de cochon (pigs trotters) Chaource (soft cow’s milk cheese) Langres chees

  • Champagne, of course!
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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

English

Proper noun

Champagne-Ardenne

  1. A région of France.







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