Maison de Pommery
This was another really great excursion. I went under the Gothic-style buildings and gardens of the Pommery champagne house, following magnificent 116-step stairway (sounds simple, but how about actually climbing it some time later after trying out some champagne and carrying a bottle more?) leads to a maze of galleries dug into the chalk that are more than 18km long and about 30m below ground. Again, 18 kilometers of champagne. The great thing about these tunnels is that they’re really pleasant to visit on a hot summer day. Various stages of champagne making are shown, and it is available for sale in the gift shop. 7.5 Euros for adults and free for children under 11. However, if you buy champagne (and our party got a bottle from each of the houses we visited) you’ll find that its cost + the cost of ticket is still less than you’d pay for identical bottle in shops.
Stained glass windows
Many of Reims' famous stained glass windows were blown to bits during fighting in WWI. Many of the surviving panels depict scenes of wine production, the principal industry of the region. Some have been replaced by biblical-themed works by Russian-French painter Marc Chagall.
Maid of Orleans
During the Hundred Years' War between England and France, Joan of Arc, Jeanne D'Arc in French, inspired and rallied France to eventual victory. In 1429, she brought Charles VII, the Dauphin, to Reims to be coronated. She was tried as a witch and burned at the stake by the English in 1431. Almost 500 years later, she was canonized as a saint. An equestrian statue next to the Cathedral commemorates France's heroine.
Writing this is making me think of the song "Joan of Arc" by OMD.
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Visites dès la mi-mars : tous les week-ends(10h00, 11h00,14h00, 15h00 16h00, 17h00)
Visites la semaine, du 1er juillet au 31 août ( toutes les demi-heures de 10h à 11h30 et de 14h à17h30 )
Fermeture de fin octobre jusqu'à mi -mars, sauf pour les groupes scolaires ou adultes sur réservation et suivant les conditions climatiques.
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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.Related to:
- Family Travel
VOSGES: BALLON D ALSACE
As the Ballon d´Alsace is a famous Tour De France climb, and as I am a cycling fan, me and Ulrike decided to climb this 9km col (continuously around 9%) with VTT. Although we both finished the climb (it took me about 52 minutes), the climb did also manage to finish us. Acomplishing it however is very fullfilling. On the way back, we also saw professional cyclist Christophe Moreau (in training for the World Championchips I reckoned).Related to:
Have lunch in ReimsThere are...
Have lunch in Reims
There are many open-air restaurants to choose from. Just sit at one of the terraces order a typical local dish and CHAMPAGNE to go with it of course!
Related pages: FRANCE and STRASBOURG
The cathedral is, of course,...
The cathedral is, of course, the most outstanding monument in Reims.
It is one of the masterworks of Gothic art. Everyting in this building is a praise to the vertical line, meaning a connexion between Heaven and Earth. The two unfinished towers have become a part of its profile. The building was seriously damaged during WWI but it was rebuilt in its original form and it has not lost its magnificency.
Epernay, is the real capital...
Epernay, is the real capital of champagne, the drink.
Here, 115km (72 miles) of underground galleries in the chalk beneath the city store the wine for the delicate operations required to make champagne.
These include the blending of vintages, one of the most important tasks in the creation of champagne. It is left to age for at least three years.
Aside from champagne as the world knows it, there is an excellent blanc de blanc champagne nature, an unbubbly white wine with a slight bite and many of the characteristics of champagne.
You must make some time to...
You must make some time to visit one of the caves. Go to the tourist information center, right next to the Cathedral, and get a list of available caves and time. The one i went was the G.H Mum cave, which is walking distance to the hotel i was staying, Continental.
A tour down to the cave and see the production line of making good champange. At the end, there are several of different champange flavors available for tasting.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
Marc Chagall Stained Glass
Here's one of my way too dark pictures of one of the Chagall Stained Glass windows from the Cathedral. I've lightened it some with Photoshop but this is as good as it gets!Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture
Shopping in Reims
Besides the purchase of wine and champagne - local crafts - furniture and clothing is very popular in Reims !
BTW - is this fountain spitting champagne or water ??Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
I really enjoyed the park...
I really enjoyed the park surrounding the armistice wagon in Compeigne ..It is a little distance out of town..and was completely empty
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