Essoyes is a commune in the Aube department in north-central France. Impressionist artist Auguste Renoir had a house in the town. The village, hometown of his wife Aline and model and governess of his children Gabrielle Renard, is represented in many of his paintings. Essoyes is a quiet Champagne village located about thirty miles south of Troyes, on the banks of the Ource river.
On the outskirts of Epernay, a small village, known around the world thanks to a Benedictine monk named Dom Pérignon, is perched on sunny vine planted hillsides. This is Hautvillers. Its streets and alleys are lined with naive style wrought iron signs. These signs, some simple and some very colourful, reveal the activities undertaken behind the doors of the villages houses and buildings.
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