Greetings from Épernay!
Note to self (and anyone traveling to Paris this summer) - don't plan to fly in on a Sunday! There are only a handful of immigration officers at work at CDG on Sundays, and the passport line can get nuts. It took me 95 minutes to finally get to the window and get waved thru yesterday. Oh well...)
I arrived to an unprecedented spring heatwave - 95 degrees and 95% humidity yesterday and today - truly unusual for May here. But then so was the the killer frost just weeks ago that wiped out a good chunk of the Champagne crop in several sectors. They're getting whip-sawed here, and no one really knows what to expect from one day to the next. Welcome to the wonderful world of Climate Change.
I had a nice run along the Marne this morning below Cumières. There's a path that follows the river, and then branches off to follow the canal, and you can run along the tow-path and enjoy the vineyard views, as well as the swans, ducks, and rabbits that are all around. I last ran this path one year ago, and I remember freezing my buns off there last year. Today it was already hot and sweaty at 7:00 am. All bets are are off, indeed.
It's beautiful, but awfully quiet today - Sundays and Mondays see most things closed in France, and the smaller towns and villages can seem deserted. They're not, it's just that everyone is inside, hanging out with family, shutters closed to keep out the sun and the heat, and it is oddly tranquil.
I'm off to grab a burger (yes, hamburgers are the hottest thing in France these days) at Le Prestige Burger here in Épernay. More as it happens...