Walk! Do not take the bus...
Walk! Do not take the bus (however that is a very comfortable way of travelling through Reims) but discover Reims by foot. You will see the old and the new streets and builings and you will meet a lot of people. Siiting in 'la Brass' and drinking a beer with peach with my friends. I still get weary when I think of that time with all my fellow students. Even my mother once came there, and one of the guys asked for her hand (in dutch! Arnauld really spoke his languages).
Don't miss this small gem hidden in a non descript commercial street (on your way from the railway station to the cathedral).
The Saint-Jacques church is the oldest is Reims and dates back to the 12th century (built in 1183 - to compare : the cathedral's building began only in 1211) when it was built as the seamstresses church.
It is a mix af roman and gothic style, while the original lower level remains, some parts were rebuilt during the Renaissance and the bell tower is from 1711 but the general medieval character remains.
Saint Jacques presents also very modern stainglasses by Joseph Sima and Helene Vieira da Silva (around 1970).
The atmosphere inside is delighfully peacefull, far from the busstle in the cathedral or even from the animated street.
Address : rue Max Dormoy
Porte Mars in its heyday...
Taken at Musée Saint-Rémi, this photo is of a sketch of what a historian believes the Roman Triumphal Arch (Porte Mars) might have looked like upon completion in the 3rd century AD. Only the lower level, with its triple arches and faded decorations, has survived. The entire upper level and the bronze statues above it have disappeared.
Musee des Beaux-Artes
The museum is located inside of the old abbey Saint-Denis. To get to the museum, walk down the street following the arrow pointing in the direction of the museum from the cathedral.
The permanent collection of paintings is on the second floor. Here you can see paintings by Cranach (both the father and the son), Teniers, Jordaens, Le Brun, Millet, Rousseau, Courbet, Corot, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Matisse, Dufy, Gauguin.
There are also statues by Rodin and his contemporaries and a great collection of French porcelain on the first floor, including Galle’s Art Nouveau vases.
MUSéE AUTOMOBILE INFO..... 2
In this picture from the brochure you see HOTCHKISS 411 COACH 1933.....isn't it a beauty?
In a second hall you can walk around, mouthwatering, looking at Alcyon, Peugeot, Monet-Goyon, Motobécane, BSA, DKW, Harley-Davidson MODELS and more........as e.g. the first SOLEX and bikes dating back from the start of the 20th Century.
The Museum was created in 1985 by Philippe Charbonneaux.
The collections are renovated at certain times.....they are working there like busy bees.....they want more and better just to please us THE VISITORS.
OPEN: daily except on Tuesdays from 10AM till noon and from 2PM till 6PM