For general information about Reims:
Click on the tourism tab, tourist office-at the bottom of the page, click on download our tourist guide. There is a good map of the city on pages 34-35 of the guide along with hotels, restaurants, sights, etc.
Look above and you will see a wonderful gothic cheiling. It was great to photograph because the windows lightened it well.
I was sitting on the floor when I take this picture.
And please feel free to click on the picture if you would like to see the great details of it ...
A GREAT PLACE.....
This is a GRANDIOSE DEPARTMENT STORE, where is it great goofing around, expecially on a rainy day....
I took this pgotograph because this LAFAYETTE is still housed in the original building and on top I discovered the words : "MAGASINS MODERNES", lovely in the late afternoon sunshine!
There was something more that attracted my attention: see next tip.....
Although wine-villages are spreaded around this area, we visited only few: kaysersberg and Riquewir. Last one particularly was very pittoresc. Although weather was terrible, strolling arround the midieval cobbled streets was enjoyable. Do try to buy some Riesling, Pinot Noir or Pinot Blanc.
TAITTINGER HISTORIC CAVES.....
CHAMPAGNE!!!!! Don't we always associate this word with FESTIVITIES, PARTIES, SPECIAL OCASSIONS and HAPPINESS??
REIMS is in the HEART of the region CHAMPAGNE AND YES, THIS IS THE PLACE where the grapes grow and ripen and become the famous CHAMPAGNE we all love so very much.
Each year 150,000 people visit the TAITTLINGER caves in REIMS.
These caves, situated under the during the FRENCH REVOLUTION destroyed Abbey Saint-Nicaise, were dug during the GALLO-ROMAN period and enlarged during the 13th Century by the monks, who kept their CHAMPAGNE there.
The monks owned vineyards and traded in CHAMPAGNE......
Nice to see all these bottles with their "kicks", which we call "ziel". This is the hole at the bottom of the bottle.
There are guided tours through these caves from 1st March - 30th November each day and from November till March only on weekdays.
The guids speak several languages so I would recommend this tour to everyone.......also because you will want to taste some champagne, won't you?
So special to taste it at the place where the grapes grew in cold Spring, hot Summer and colourful Autum, to rest during the icy Winter!