Reims à toutes jambes
Each year in October, the city of Reims has an event called Reims à toutes jambes (Reims at full speed), with a marathon, a half-marathon and various other activities to get lots of people up on their feet and moving around.
In 2013 this event was held for the 30th time.
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Champagne ! The best known local product even if Reims fights with Epernay for the title of wine capital.
The area has always been a wine producer but those wines were difficult to preserve because they had a tendency to become foaming (like many wines produced relatively north).
This used to be considered a problem - until Dom Perignon, abbey of Hautvillers got some genial ideas:
The first was to assemble only black grapes to produce the white wine (no white grape is ever used in a real Champagne).
Then, he delt with the foaming matter and transformed this defect into a quality : he introduced a new process: After a quick grapes' pressurization, the juice was preserved in barrels; a first fermentation occured when the sugar transformed itself into alcohol. The harsh cold of Champagne's winter stopped this phenomenon (wich would resume in the spring).
Dom Pérignon introduced the idea of bottling the wine at this point (before the second fermentation), thus allowing the second fermentation to occur in the bottle.
Another improvement was to close the bottles with a cork maintained with a link withstooding the pressure.
The Champagne wine as we know it was born.
The Champagne houses you can visit in Reims are :
- Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin
- Ruinart (on apointment only)
the other big ones are in Epernay or in the surroundings.
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Collectif Interculturel d’Associations de Migrants
On my way to and from my hotel I often walked past the office of the Collectif Interculturel d'Associations de Migrants (C.I.A.M), an organization dedicated to combating discrimination in hiring and ensuring equal treatment for migrants and people with an immigrant background.
Address: 80 Boulevard Lundy, 51100 Reims
Directions: Location on Google Maps
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The Village de Noel had some cages with animals in them which we couldn't help thinking must've been a crappy experience for them. In fact, we joked about setting them free. They also had a carousel of baby donkeys(?) for kids to ride. However, I found this to be the worst. You can't really tell from this picture, but this poor animal was frightened out of it's wits with everyone just standing around gawking at it.
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Christmas market at Reims
A traditional that grows, one of the first one I took part and photos from a visit in 2010. This year will be on from November 21 to December 28. Schedules Mondays 14 h > 19 h 30, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 h 30 > 19 h 30; Fridays 10 h 30 > 20 h, Saturdays 10 h 30 > 21 h, and Sundays 10 h 30 > 19 h 30 .
The festivities will cover the Place Drouet d'Erlon, near the fontaine Subé. Village de Noël by Place d’Erlon, rue Condorcet, rue Marx Dormoy ,and rue Théodore Dubois. The big Wheel or Grande Roue will be at Place du Forum, the feast of Noêl and Kings will be held at the place de la République dreams of colors expo with over 100 photographs thank you for a centenary all wonderful.
There will be petit train, hiding games for kids, shops for kids, marionnette theater, and ice skating ring by the square Colbert next to the train station free admission. Expositions on war and peace, nativity sets, and arts of Christmas. A village of foodies will be open for goodies of the region and beyond
Also,concerts such as Noël Baroque wednesday 3 décembre : 20 h at Grand Auditorium du
M.A. Charpentier :midnight Mass, Thursday 4 décembre : 20 h, Church of Saint Jacques Orchestre Symphonique du CRR, Wednesday 17 décembre : 20 h at Grand Auditorium du
Le Cirque de Reims, Friday 19 December
Stars in the night at A stop at the Planétarium 6€ admission
Planétarium de Reims
49 avenue du général de Gaulle
Saturday at 14 h 30
and this night under the stars Wednesday 14 h 30,Saturday and Sunday at 15 h 30,and many more
Other festivities all over the city such as the Arènes du sud with more Christmas cabins and decorations
Espace Saint Remi
12 rue Tournebonneau
Chase at Treasure at Avenue de Laon from Nov 25 to Dec 25
Maison de quartier Cernay-Europe
39 rue du Général Carré
jogging walks circuits such as SAturday November 22 starting between 13h and 16h at the sport complex René Tys, Avenue Paul Marchandeau
AND, from November 21 to January 4 2015, discover the route of nativity sets in the villages of the wine region of the marne river with plenty of activities and more Christmas markets and concerts; more info at
Office de tourisme de l’agglomération de Reims
2 rue Guillaume de Machault
Transport during these times are
week-end and from December 22 to 24 Parking Parc des expositions ,located at avenue
Farman at southeast of Reims. Navettes bus will run free from the place de l’Opéra at the heart of the Christmas market every weekend from November 22nd to Christmas Day from 10 h to 19 h, a navette bus every 30 minutes.
During the week and weekend there will be 3 parkings-relais + tram at discount prices and 3 stations of tram with parkings-relais north to South of the line Neufchâtel,and Belges to north of the line.
Coming from Laon. park at Hôpital Debré and coming South of the line from Epernay.
Ticket 3,10 € on sale in machines and stations of Neufchâtel and Hôpital Debré, giving you as many round trips as needed by tram for all the occupant of a car max of 7 persons.
During the week and weekend the parking EFFIA Bezannes + train or tram located at the train station Champagne-Ardenne TGV. Coming from Epernay take the tram or the TER to train station city of Reims Centre.
The city of Reims info in French
my info comes from the official festivity site in helpful resources. Wonderful ambiance and all light up!
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On the cathedral square
This person sells artificial flowers, sitting alone in the middle of the square. I don't know if it was a man or a woman and he or she did look quite homeless.
The city is full of wine...
The city is full of wine cellars and shops. Here Champagne wine is a religion. Prices are high, but it is one of France's major contributions to the world gastronomy and to the 'savoir vivre'.