Reims Off The Beaten Path

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    Cinéma Opéra

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 18, 2014

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    On rue Thillois, about four and a half blocks from the Opéra de Reims, is an abandoned building which is clearly identified as “Opera”.

    But it is not an opera house and never was. It was a cinema which was built in the 1920s to replace an earlier cinema called Aéro-Palace that was destroyed in World War I. Originally the Cinéma Opéra had 1450 seats and was used for both movies and stage shows, but not for operas. The façade is said to be in a mélange of art nouveau and art déco styles, though I’m afraid I don’t know enough about these styles to say which is which.

    The façade has been listed as a historical monument since 1981, which is why it still exists, but the auditorium behind it is in ruins.

    Just to confuse matters, there is another “Cinéma Opéra” a few blocks away where they really do show movies in six rooms on six different screens.

    Old postcard of the Cinéma Opéra on carthalia.

    Address: 9-11 rue Thillois, 51100 Reims
    Directions: Location and photo of Cinéma Opéra on monumentum.fr

    Next: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims

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    Aux Bons Amis

    by Nemorino Written Jan 12, 2014

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    Aux Bons Amis

    Continuing my walk around the block, I turned left onto the rue du Docteur Lemoine and at the next corner, rue Gosset, I came across this typical little pub and restaurant, Aux Bons Amis (‘To the Good Friends’), which where the workers from the nearby Champagne cellars come to eat their lunch. (The best article I have found about Aux Bons Amis is this highly positive review in German.)

    In the foreground is a poster inviting the inhabitants of this district to meet with the mayor, Adeline Hazan, and her team for information and dialogue.

    Here I turned left onto rue Gosset, another street with high walls on both sides because of the Mumm Champagne company on the left and the Castelnau Champagne company on the left.

    Another left turn onto Rue de la Justice took my past the Maestris school and back to my starting point.

    Next: Collectif Interculturel d’Associations de Migrants

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    Musee Saint Remi - a city's history

    by mariev Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Situated in a former (and beautifull) benedictine abbaye (it was also used as an hospital for a while), the musee saint-Remi (just beside the basilique Saint Rémi) features the rich town's history, from the neolithic to the XXth century (scultures, artefacts, weapons, tapestries, ...).

    The building itself is worth the visit with some parts fom the XII the century and a delicious cloister.

    Address: 53 rue Simon - 51100 REIMS
    monday-friday : 14h00 to 18h30
    staurday-sunday : 14h00 to 19h00
    included in the Reims museum pass (along planetarium, chapelle fujita, museedesbeaux arts, musee de la reddition): 3Euros for the pass
    the audioguides are available at the tourism office

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    The beginning of the end

    by Segolily Written Mar 5, 2008

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    The room where the Germans first surrendered to Allied forces has not been changed since that time. The room is in the back of a Lycee, and yes students still attend. However through the back door and up the stairs is a small and moving museum. The story of the surrender, the fight over who should be there, the consequences, the other surrenders. It is an amazing story to the end of so much pride, and honor, valour and vainglory, effort on both sides to preserve and defend. A visit to the museum is a must for any history buff. It was the only reason we visited Reims. I would have liked to see the Cathedral- the obvious must see for the city. However we had friends waiting for us another two hour drive away and we couldn't dally. The museum was easy to find and get to. The docents were eager to share the story and their part in the history. We spent over an hour enjoying the very interesting artifacts, pictures and information. (best websites are in French, however the museum had English info)

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    Old houses

    by mariev Updated Aug 21, 2007

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    Half timbered houses

    If you are overwhemed by historical buildings, have a stroll around the center town. While there are not so many old houses left (WWI destroyed 80% of the city) - there are still some medieval and renaissance ones standing.
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    Eglise Saint-Jacques

    by mariev Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    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

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    Epernay - the champagne area

    by Luchonda Updated May 6, 2005

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    Streets in Epernay

    Epernay is the center of champagne cultivation !
    On the left bank of the Marne, Epernay rivals Reims as a center for champagne. Although it only has one-sixth of Reims's population, Epernay produces nearly as much champagne as its larger sibling. It boasts an estimated 322km (200 miles) or more of cellars and tunnels. These caves are vast vaults cut into the chalk rock on which the town is built. Represented in Epernay are such champagne companies as Moët et Chandon (the largest), Pol Roger, Mercier, and de Castellane.
    If you can't get enough - follow the guide :
    Maison de Pommery The cellars are underneath the Gothic style house and gardens of 'House of Pommery'. Tours are available, but reservations are recommended. Open daily from 10-6. Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in winter months.

    Mumm-Mumm has been making champagne since 1827. The cellars offer a video about the manufacturing process and tours of the miles of cellars housing more the 25 million bottles of champagne. Open daily from 9-11 and 2-5, except winter months when it is closed on weekend mornings.

    Piper-Heidsieck This is one of the oldest champagne houses in the world, dating to 1785. Tours of the cellars are available via electric powered cars with prerecorded audio commentary available in 7 languages. Open from 9-12 and 2-5, closed Tuesday and Wednesday in the winter.

    Taittinger - This is considered one of the best French champagnes, and one of the few cellars that is still family owned. There are one hour long tours through the ancient Roman cellars which date to the 4th Century. The tours not only provide information about the champagne making process, but also about Reims' history and the Taittinger family. Open daily from 9:30-12 and 2-4:30. Closed weekends in the winter.

    Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin - Tours last an hour and a half taking you through some of the 16 miles of cellars at this champagne house dating to the mid 19th century. Visits by reservation only.

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    Romanesk architecture

    by Luchonda Updated May 6, 2005

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    Abbey

    Basilica de Saint- Remi - another highlight in Reims !
    Reims is an ancient Roman city and the birthplace of the French nation – it contains one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims, where dynasties of French monarchs were crowned starting with Clovis, first king of the Franks. The neighbouring Basilique St-Rémi is even older and, half Gothic, half Romanesque in style, includes the old royal abbey which is now a museum documenting the history of the town

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    Look to the monuments

    by Luchonda Updated May 6, 2005

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    The abbey

    This is the oldest church in Reims, and dates back to 1007. The basilica is a great example of classic medieval French masonry. The abbey is now a museum and has a large collection of the history of Reims; regional archaeology; and military history. The basilica is open Sunday to Wednesday from 08h00 - 19h00 and Thursday to Saturday from 09h00 - 19h00. Admission is free for the basilica; and $1.80 for adults; free for children under 12, for the museum of St-Remi.

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    In the area around Reims...

    by Nantosvelta Updated Aug 16, 2004

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    In the area around Reims there are many of such cemetaries commemmorating the soldiers that died during the First World War.
    I always find those places very impressive.

    I wrote the following poem based on “In Flanders Fields” by John Mc Crae and “Futility” by Wilfred Owen:

    In English towns

    In English towns, church bells ring
    Because of Armistice, the people sing
    to celebrate the end of war.
    There’s a soldier at the Owens’ door
    About their son he has news to bring

    Only seven days ago this morning
    He was killed by German firing
    Such grief was never felt before
    In English towns

    He was on the continent teaching
    Enraged by watching the young boys suffering
    Became an officer and joined the war.
    Of Futility - he shall write no more
    He shall not sing, though church bells ring
    In English towns

    Jiske Erlings - March 2004

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    Former Jesuitsý College.

    by aliante1981 Written Oct 16, 2003

    A proof that a college can be a sightseeing item - one needs it after pretty faceless Russian schools, colleges, and universities - architecturally, I mean. The whole set of 17th buildings, library, and a wood-panelled refectory date as far back as the 17th century. You can also see several artworks by Jean Hýliart - all (if I am not grossly mistaken) depicting the life of the Jesuitsý ýall-time starsý like Saint Franýois-Xavier and Ignatius of Loyola. Thereýs also a tiny museum with furniture exhibits pertaining to the Reims region.

    To see both the museum and historical sections of the buildings youýd better visit in the afternoon, because (as I recollect) the museumýs shut in the morning.

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    Parc naturel régional de la montagne de Reims

    by Pierre_Rouss Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    The wagon where the armistice...

    by bmiller39 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The wagon where the armistice was signed (first and second wars) is in a beautiful park..The armistice wagon is in an enclosed structure and photos are prohibited inside of the car...The groundskeeper has a house next to the building housing the wagon and it is necessary to get him to open the museum (I must have been the only visitor that morning). He has a loud dog and aggressive dog..so just approach the house and the dog will make the introduction for you..he will than open museum..It really is worth a visit

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    It was very nice to stay at...

    by nicoleken Written Aug 26, 2002

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    It was very nice to stay at the campsite where we could see and practice all the watersports we liked ... But we had no time to practice one of them ! We went by bike all over the campsite and around the lake.

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    The tourist route of the wine...

    by DanielF Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The tourist route of the wine of Champagne will lead you across the most interesting areas in the region where the Champagne wine is produced. Not only will you be able to visit the small cellars in the villages, but also you will admire the beatiful French landscape, the wineyards, the small lakes and the hills.

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