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 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 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.
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!
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 ??
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