thankfully, my husband loves to drive so he always insists that we rent a car for at least some portion of the trip when we travel. in the case of the paris trip, a traffic-free, foliage and vineyard-filled 2-hours took us to the lovely champagne region for 2 days.
fully aware that we were going in the off-season, we were expecting it to be on the quiet side (which i was actually really excited about). what we were not expecting to see was so many vivid colors due to the changing seasons. despite living in northeast usa, i can recall missing out on fall foliage so many years living in the concrete jungle that is manhattan. the timing is so specific and i feel like the best foliage moments pass by so quickly—we totally lucked out in champagne!
we stayed at a charming bed & breakfast in aÿ, a beautiful town which we thoroughly enjoyed walking around in (cue beauty and the beast "bonjour!" song), and had an impromptu tour of the stunning collet caves + vineyard. (benefit of traveling in the off-season: the standard tour we signed up for ended up being a private tour since we were the only ones!)
before heading back to paris the following day, we spent the morning and afternoon in epernay on the famous avenue de champagne. definitely more to see in epernay, but we were happy to stay + spend time in aÿ.