Veuve Clicquot Run to Goodwood 2015 > Part 1 > Place Vendôme, Paris to West Sussex, England
The annual Veuve Clicquot ‘Run to Goodwood’ 2015. An adventure I thought I’d never relive after the year before, (I met my boyfriend along the way), that’s him above, in his Jaguar XK120 at the start point on Place Vendôme. As a guest of Maison Veuve Clicquot for another I was in for a weekend to remember.
Setting off from Place Vendôme, we drove out of Paris in time for an overnight stay at Hôtel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot’s invitation only hotel, the former private residence of Madame Clicquot. With no sat navs or iPhone maps allowed, I was designated co-pilot to get us there.
Arriving in time to enjoy a glass on the terrace, before dinner. Windswept and a little jaded from the drive, I was bubbling with same excitement as last year. An extra special night for me returning to a place with such wonderful memories.
The hotel has just 6 bedrooms, all designed to reference a country that Madame Clicquot exported her champagne to, we were in the French Room. One of the most decadent, designed by Bruno Moinard.
Another glass before dinner in the beautifully designed drawing room…
With Guillaume Cadot
Camille Ripley de Métayer & Benjamin West
Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec is decantered before serving with the cheese course
After dinner we were invited to discover the secret tunnels to uncover some very special bottles of Veuve Clicquot to sample…
Back to the most impressive champagne wall in the bar for an evening of champagne, cognac and dancing.
Breakfast in the Bruno Moinard designed Dining Room.
After loading some important cargo, it was time for the 5 cars to hit the road in time for a leisurely lunch before boarding the afternoon ferry at Dieppe to Newhaven.
The Road book, page by page we are to follow the route offered, no cheating mind!
A quick pit stop for a fabulous photo opportunity, a yearly tradition.
Time for lunch…
Arriving at Dieppe, with a moment to capture a photograph that our friend Jack Dyson cleverly took the year before, before either of us knew we would be together by the end of the weekend.
When that boot full of champagne came in handy. Champagne picnic time aboard the 4 hours ferry crossing…
Arriving into Newhaven, with gentle reminders to all drivers to remember which side of the road to drive on, we headed to Angmering-on-Sea, our HQ for the weekend.
Click here for Part 2 ‘The Goodwood Revival’
Images courtesy of Remi Dargegen & LWSY
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