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Where bubbly sparkles all the time

"Come quickly," Dom Perignon allegedly said after creating Champagne. "I am tasting the stars!" Though records now show our favorite fizz was invented a good century before his birth, the Benedictine monk was at least instrumental in its development. To be labeled Champagne, bubbly must hail from France's Champagne region - but by any name, the libation itself is cause for celebration. Here are five places worth toasting.


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Your travel life has the essence of a dream. It is something outside the normal, yet you are in it. It is peopled with characters you have never seen before and in all probability will never see again. It brings occasional homesickness, and loneliness, and pangs of longing... But you are like the Vikings or the master mariners of the Elizabethan age, who have gone into a world of adventure, and home is not home until you return.” –Agatha Christie