The glass window and Marc Chagall
Here you can see the chagall-window again. for a different perspective and it is a little bit hidden here. I had wonderful light conditions, which were perfect for taking good pics.
Marc Chagall, he is also known as Mark Zakharovich Shagall (this is his russian name) was a french-russian painter and stained glass artist. He lived between 1887 and 1985.
During his long life (he came 98 years old) he created lots of paintings and glass works which could be seen in museums worldwide. Some of it greatest masterpieces are in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in Australia, Switzerland, to name just a few of the countries.
Parc naturel régional de la montagne de Reims
Parc naturel régional de la montagne de Reims (Reims mountain regional parc).
The regional park is covered with hiking trails that includes circuits from 3/4 hour to a few days. You have also path where you can ride a bike or a horse.
Palais du Tau
The palace is located next to the cathedral. There is a ticket office near the south gate. The palais was built in the 12th century as archiepiscopal palace, rebuilt after the fire in the 13th century, refurbished several times over the next 700 years, until it was severely damaged during WWI and restored in the 1970s. Inside the palace is an interesting mixture of styles: several rooms are early Gothic, several are flamboyant Gothic of the 15th century, and several have classical décor. The palace has a collection of tapestries showing the life of the Virgin made in the 16th century. They were donated to the cathedral by Robert de Lenoncourt. Each tapestry is inspired by the Legende Doree de Jacques de Voragine and illustrated editions of the Bible for the poor. There are also sculptures from the cathedral dating back to the 13th-16th centuries. A very interesting feature of the palais is a large hall with domed ceilings, walls covered with royal lilies, and an enormous fireplace with coats of arms and Valois lilies that has tapestries showing the story of Clovis, the first Christian French king. The tapestries are 17th-century and made in Brussels.
Then there is also the treasury of the cathedral, with golden artifacts from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, sacred ornaments of Charles X (who was the last king crowned in Reims in the 19th century), vases and carafes, crowns, crosses, chains with medals. Also, behind the glass, you can see the lower chapel discovered in the 1920s, which has fragments of sculptures from that chapel from 1211-1221.
Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne
The oldest surviving residential palace in Reims, l'Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne dates from the 14th century. Its façade contains a series of beautiful Gothic windows and a few blind Gothic arches, overlooking rue de Tambour, which was the in the heart of the commercial district of mediaeval Reims. In WWI bombings, the mansion suffered extensive damage, but it was subsequently restored. Adjacent to it, however, once stood another Gothic hôtel particulier, known as Maison des Musiciens, that did not survive the bombings. Some its façade was salvaged and reconstructed at the Museum of Saint-Rémi. l'Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne is nowadays owned by the Champagne producer Taittinger and is used for special events.
It is an almost undescrabable pleasure to drive through the area called CHAMPAGNE, in France.....
It is near my home country The Netherlands and so easy to reach for us.......numerous holidays start driving through Champagne because we love leaving our quite wet, chilly and windy country to travel south so..........on the way south we pass through CHAMPAGNE and I must say that I know the region quite well.
In every season, whether it is Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter you will feel happy to take in to breath in the beauty and freshness of this rich area of vineyards....where you can see the grapes that once will be the CHAMPAGNE, that treasure, that honored companion of many a special event or day!
The pictures are: a wonderful VAT and....the mysterious stairs leading underground to the caves............it really is thrilling!
AND.............SO NEAR PARIS.......think about that!!!!