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    Read - "The Champagne Guide 2014-2015"

    by pedroswift Updated Mar 3, 2014

    Australian Wine writer and educator, Tyson Stelzer has updated his highly regarded 2011 publication of the same name. He gives tasting notes from the complete range of wines offered by over one hundred Champagne Houses from affordable Non Vintage styles to the rarest of flagship vintages.
    The sections on history, geology and geography of the region will increase your knowledge of what makes Champagne such a unique region. Each house has a preamble on its history and philosophy of grape culture and wine making.
    There are 4 or 5 pages listing "Best Champagnes of the Year" with cost bracket; rating out of 100 and index page for more info. You could photocopy and take the notes with you when you visit the bottle-shop to buy product...don't forget your credit card.
    Extensive Tasting Notes are supplemented with a descriptor of where and when the actual wine was tasted. Wines are rated between 80 and 100.
    80 = "Horrid. Less than 1% of wines tasted. You have been warned"
    100 = The pinnacle of character, balance, persistence" ...again less than 1% of wines tasted all costing an arm and a leg.

    A fascinating read for Champagne lovers everywhere. He dedicates the book to Henry Krug.

    The Champagne Guide 2014 - 2015 ISBN 9781742705415 Published in 2013 by Hardie Grant Books

    WEB: www.champagneguide.com.au‎

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    Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims-interiors

    by gwened Written Nov 19, 2013

    Wonderful masterpiece Inside, dotted with beautiful architectural decoration, chapels and statues. a bit of it

    The Cathedral of Reims has a very rich statuary that is superior to that of all other European cathedrals. The number of statues which adorn it, amounts to 2303. The main portal is dedicated to Sainte Marie, which is exceptional: indeed, it is usually the Savior Christ (the cornerstone of the Church) located at the pier of the main gate to welcome the visitor. It is likely that the portal of the north transept, with the statue of Christ the Saviour (the "God beautiful") and the last judgement, on the main gate, put Sainte Marie in the place of honour. To the left of Sainte Marie (right to the Viewer), is the scene of the Annunciation, with the highly successful Angel of the Annunciation, "twin" of the famous smiling Angel.

    At 50 meters from the ground, on the Western side, is the Gallery of Kings with, at the centre, the baptism of Clovis. Below, one can observe the narrative of the fight of David against Goliath. Just above the portal, is a copy of the coronation of the Virgin.

    The South rose of the transept is flanked by two statues: on one side, the Church, on the other, the Synagogue that one recognizes in his blindfolded.
    Despite the successive destructions begun in the 18th century, the Cathedral still has of many stained glass from the 13th century, in the high parts of the nave, choir and transept. Since the end of World War II, the Cathedral receives, at irregular intervals, contemporary stained glass windows. Was the case particularly in the 1930s (little rose of the central portal of the facade West and berries of the lateral portals, the southern arm of the transept rose), 1950 (stained glass of champagne), and in the 1960s and 1970s decades. After a long hiatus of several decades, this movement resumed with the inauguration in 2011, year of the 800th anniversary of the Cathedral, of a new stained glass window designed by Imi Knoebel.

    The most famous contemporary stained-glass windows are three windows by Marc Chagall 1974, located in the axial Chapel: the tree of Jesse, both testaments and the heyday of Reims

    Since 1285, the cathedral holds a master of music with children accompanied of an adult choir. their repertoire extends currently from sacred to various forms of music music profane (excluding religious offices), passing by the opera (collaborations with the Orchestra of the Opera de Reims)

    The tourist office of Reims
    http://www.reims-tourism.com/notre-dame-cathedral/commune/tabid/15266/offreid/300feaa6-4cb6-4e00-b84e-0151eac23789/monuments.aspx

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    Cathedral Notre Dame of Reims-exterior

    by gwened Updated Nov 19, 2013

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    a historical beautiful cathedral , where the kingdom of France grew from on Chrismas day 496AD by the crowning and baptisme of Clovis here. Since then most of all the French kings were crowned here.
    The Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims was built in the 13C the one you see now, one of the major work of gothic art in France. It contains at least 2 303 statues!!! .

    The Cathedral is known as the « cathédrale martyre » or martyr cathedral because in september 1914 was bombed by the Germans and survive by the bishop draping a white flag over the cathedral.

    it celebrated its 800 years of existance in 2011,see site
    http://www.cathedraledereims.fr/

    The cathedral is the sacre of French Kings after the prestige of Sainte Ampoule and the political power of the bishops of Reims arrive to do this ceremony since Henri Ier (1027). All the kings of France Capétiens were crowned here with the exception of seven.
    Hugues Capet was crown at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Noyon or the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Reims in 987 by Adalbéron, bishop of Reims. Robert II ,Cathedral de Sainte-Croix of Orléans in 987 by Adalbéron, bishop of Reims. Louis VI ,Cathedral Sainte-Croix of Orléans in 1108 by Daimbert,bishop of Sens. Jean Ier (died before been crowned), Henri IV Cathédral Notre-Dame de Chartres in 1594 by Nicolas de Thou, bishop of Chartres. Louis XVIII (was not crowned)
    , and Louis-Philippe Ier (not crowned). While Louis IX was crowned in 1226, the Cathedral as we know it today was still Under construction. The crowning of Charles VII in 1429 , a turning point in the war of 100 years thanks to the events led by Jeanne d'Arc, that a statue marked this event now there.

    The Cathedral glorifies the monarchy by on its facade in the center gallery of Kings you have 56 statues all at a height of 4,5 meters, Clovis throne surrounded by his wife Clotilde ,and St Rémi.

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    Cathedral St Etienne, Chalons en Champagne

    by gwened Written Nov 8, 2013

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    another wonderful example of beauty in a Church. Less known than those at Reims this one is special at Chalons en Champagne.

    Of these inmense historical building I just will tell you the main part of the old history, it is Worth stopping here in wonderful dept 51 ,Marne.

    The Cathedral of Saint-Étienne , dedicated to saint Stephen. The town cathedral is part of the diocese covering the southern part of the department of the Marne (north is covered by Reims) .

    It is one of the oldest dioceses of France !! as its Bishop was present at the Council of Sardigna in 344 AD. The first bishop of the city would be saint Memmie which a later legend made him a Messenger of Saint Peter.
    The Cathedral is small and oval, it adjoins elsewhere one of two paths that crossed (cardo and decumanus), rue de Marne. It was surrounded by a district with several churches (two College: Saint-Nicolas, gone in the 13th century and the Trinity, destroyed during the French Revolution), the cloister of the canons in the North, the bishopric to the West.

    In 1115, saint Bernard received ordination from the hands of his friend Bishop of Chalons, Guillaume de Champeaux. Philippe d ' Orléans, brother of Louis XIV was married there with the Princess palatine, Charlotte-Elisabeth of Bavaria on 19 November 1671.

    real old history Worth coming in I told you. in addition to the cathedral site in contact, here is the tourist office take on it
    http://www.chalons-tourisme.com/decouvrir-saint-etienne-cathedral-175.html&genre=5&order=alpha

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    CHAMPAGNE WINE ROUTES

    by balhannah Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    A good way to see the best of the Champagne area, is to follow one of the Champagne Route's.
    There are 5 routes you can choose from.
    The one we followed off and on, was the "Cote des Blancs" route which heads south from Epernay. This is the home of the white Chardonnay grape. The views were wonderful, even though it was a rainy day. No photo's though - too wet.

    If you are interested in doing any of the routes, and I would have been if we had more time in the area, check out the listed website as it has many routes to choose from!

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    Basilique Saint Remi -Reims

    by gwened Written Jul 5, 2013

    The basilique Saint-Remi was built around the year 1000 AD. It was renovated in the 11,12,13,and15C. it is in size almost as the Cathedral. For a long time it was part of the abbey of Saint-Remi de Reims.

    The museum of wonderful proportions in the treasury, and the tomb of Saint Remi are impressive. One of the hightlights of your visit to the city of Reims.

    a bit of history on its foundation;

    This church contains the relics of the Holy Bishop Remi who baptized Clovis, King of the Franks, on Christmas day of a year between 496 and 506, perhaps in 499 of the Incarnation, after the battle of Tolbiac. The Bishop died in 533, at the age of 96. In 533, Remigius, Bishop of Reims, wished to be buried in the chapel dedicated to saint Christophe which was located two kilometres from the Cathedral. Very quickly this Saint-Christophe chapel became a place of pilgrimage. It then enlarges the primitive Chapel to the dimensions of a church, where the body was transferred to an October 1, which then becomes the Saint-Rémi.

    This is the site of the basilica
    www.stremi-reims.cef.fr

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    NOTRE DAME CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2013

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    The Notre Dame Church is located in the village of Chatillon-sur-Broue.
    It's another quite old Church, dating from the 16th century. This Church has a fully enclosed porch with decorated and carved balusters and a bell tower. The Bell tower was rebuilt in 1822.

    This Church is open every day.

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    VILLAGE OF DROSNAY

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2013

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    After I visited the Half-timbered Church in Drosnay, it was time to go for a short walk. This is only a small village of approx. 200 people, so I didn't have far to walk, but I sure enjoyed what I saw. Half -timbered houses in all shapes and sizes, just what I love, some we directly on the road frontage, others had a small garden. I also took time to check out the Church cemetery, which was rather large considering the size of the village.
    If you like old half-timbered buildings, then you will love this small village.

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    DROSNAY CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2013

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    Drosnay Church is another half-timbered Church on the route. It was built in the early 16th century close to a fortified mound and is THE OLDEST TIMBER FRAMED CHURCH IN CHAMPAGNE. This Church was moved here, as it once stood in the village of Nuisement-aux-Bois, which disappeared when Lac du Der was created. Piece by piece, they brought it here and re-erected it.
    This Church was open, so I was able to go inside
    It is quite a large Church, with a large gable roof which is believed to have replaced and 18th century staggered roof. It was quite dark, the wood was dark, perhaps Oak, there was wood paneling, a master Altar and Altar piece that date from 1667. It was quite different to the earlier Church I had seen. This Church also has a 16th century stained glass window representing the Tree of Jesse, as Christ’s genealogical tree was known. In the 17th century, it was extended, then again in the 19th century and that is how it looks today, nothing else has been done to it.
    A cemetery surrounds the Church.

    THE CHURCH IS OPEN... every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer

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    ST. LEGER CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2013

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    Saint-Leger-sous-Margerie Church dates back to 1492 and is one of the oldest half-timbered churches in Champagne. This Church was altered in the 15th and 17th centuries. Restoration work was done in the late 20th century.
    This Church is open every day, so I was able to go inside and see what this type of Church looked like. Quite plain, although the Altar had a ceiling of blue sky with many little golden stars, it dates to 1719.

    Open : every day.

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    LONGSOLS HALF-TIMBERED CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 13, 2013

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    Church to Saint Julien et Saint Blaise is at the tiny Village of Longsols. You can't miss it, as it is located on the one and only road through the village. The Church has quite a large car-park, so we parked the car and then went to see if we could enter the Church. We were here in April, and it's only open by appointment then.
    Its a gorgeous Chuch that was built between 1483 (choir) and 1493 (nave). Its long transept gives the building the shape of a Latin cross. The sides are covered with a pitched roof that runs down to the porch, then the high central nave with narrow windows is topped by a gabled roof. The Spire is covered in slate.

    If your here between 1 May to 30 October, then your in luck, as you will be able to enter the Church and see woodcarvings and polychrome altarpieces from the end of the 17th century.
    The Church is surrounded by a cemetery.
    Open : Every day from May 1st to 30th October
    FROM: 9AM - 7PM

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    CHAMPAGNE HALF-TIMBERED CHURCH TRAIL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 13, 2013

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    I happened to come across this trail when I was researching the Champagne area of France. On a closer look, and with a print-out of the map from the website, it was decided to follow it as much as we could.
    This was country France, "THE GREAT LAKES DISTRICT," where many Lakes and fields of crops were growing, Farmers were busy cultivating their land and sometimes we were caught behind them on the narrow roads. The Villages were small and old, quite a find, as were the very old wooden Churches.
    Altogether, there are 10 Churches and 1 Chapel, all dating from the 15th - 18th Centuries. Not all of them could be visited inside, but some I was able to.

    The drive itself is scenic, a lot of the roads are narrow bitumen, but traffic is nearly nil. Once you have the map in your hand, either put the towns into the navigator, or if your the navigator, then look out for the Brown signs in my photo, these will show you the way.

    This was a trail both my husband and I enjoyed following, I think you will too!

    I will in the next few tips, take you along the trail to see some of the Churches and Villages.

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    Champagnes at Epernay

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2012

    one of my favorite small towns,near the area of my wife's origins and one of the first places we visited when dating was the champagne caves of Epernay . the city is full of them great bubbly, I took one old photo of my parents visiting there so not to put personal stuff here.

    Avenue de Champagne is wonderful classy chic, inmense, here you have several to see even not champagne lol!! such as the Hôtel de Ville (1858), théâtre Gabrielle-Dorziat (1898), Portail Saint Martin (b. 1540 at place Hugues-Plomb), church of Notre-Dame (1888), Château Perrier (1854, and was used as general hq of the British armed forces in 1940, German from 1942 to 1944, and Americans in 1945; now its a library and municipal museums currently under renovation)., Tour De Castellane (b.1903 -1905,and highest point in the city at 63 meters); church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul (1897).

    But the main point is the champagne houses, Moêt & Chandon, de Castellane,Mercier, de Venoge,Leclerc Briant,Pol Roger, Michel Gonet & fils, and many others these are just my favorites.

    Môet & Chandon,20 ave de Champagne, by appointment every day from 9h30-11h30 and 14h-16h30. 16,50€ tour and tastings. email : visites@moet.fr
    Mercier, a bit further at 70 ave de Champagne, open every days without appointment froml 9h30 -11h30 and 14h -16h30. free tasting of one glass, email : visitescaves@mercier.tm.fr
    my fav two historically.

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    Palais du Tau at Reims

    by gwened Written Jun 14, 2012

    The palais archiépiscopal du Tau, built between 1498 and 1509,the rebuilt in part in 1675 ,and again after the fire of Sept 19 1914, takes its name from its architecture that in the middle ages took the form of a greek T or in Greek -TAU.

    From 1972 it is a national monument keeping the arts and works that were deposit at the Cathedral, and the tapistries as well. The palais du Tau housed also, the musée de l’Œuvre, with important elements coming from the Cathedral,and it shows the most beautiful works deposited here after the fire of 1914.

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    Taste More Champagne & save money

    by pedroswift Updated Jan 17, 2012

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    The larger Champagne Houses charge for a guided tour and tasting. The cost depends upon the product consumed (tasted) at the end of the tour.
    For example in 2008 we visited Moet and Chandon in Epernay
    and a tour finishing with one flute of Brut Imperial cost €13per person.
    for one Brut Imperial and one Rose Imperial it was €20 per person - the Grand Vintage Tour ending with 1 flute Grand Vintage 2000 & 1 flute Grand Vintage 2000 Rose was €25

    So the tip is :-
    if you are a couple, have one person do the first or second option while the 2nd person does the 3rd option. The guided tours are all the same . At the end, as a couple you get to taste 4 different champagnes instead of the 2 if you both paid the same amount.
    And besides - The money you save can be spent on a beer!!

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