Champagne-Ardenne Things to Do

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Champagne-Ardenne Things to Do

  • Champagne Tasting and Tours

    Reims Things to Do

    Not a random result, I choose the Hotel Porte Mars for more than one reason, it is located beside Charles De Cazanove Cellar, just the "next door guys". Thank you Google Earth!! This cellar is more humble and small than Mumm House, of course, it is a local champagne producers, a house founded in 1811 by Charles Gabriel de Cazanove, with an...

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  • Cathédrale Notre Dame

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    Reims Things to Do

    The first French king to be crowned in the Reims Cathedral was Louis VIII in 1223. The twenty-fifth and last was Charles X in 1825. Charles’s predecessor Louis XVIII and his successor Louis Philippe both decided not to have elaborate coronation ceremonies so as not to stir up even more animosity between royalist and anti-royalist segments of French...

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  • Mumm Champagne House

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    Reims Things to Do

    As I have mentioned elsewhere, after checking into a new hotel in a new neighborhood (or a new city) I like to take a walk around the block and see what there is in the immediate vicinity. I did this on the morning of my second day in Reims, and discovered that just down the street from my hotel was the headquarters of the G.H. Mumm company, one...

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  • Basilique Saint Rémi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Reims Things to Do

    Maybe my favourite church in Reims. While less impressive than the cathedral, the basilique Saint Rémi is a superb example of gothic over roman style. The outside, too many times renovated (sometimes clumsily) is far from perfect but the result inside is incredibly serene. Saint Remi, the Reims' Bishop (from 460 to 532) who baptized Clovis, died...

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  • Palais du Tau

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reims Things to Do

    Right beside the Cathedral downtown, the Palace du Tau is a museum that still contains remnants of its 13th century origins. It was redesigned in the 17th century by Mansart and Cotte. The Tau Room has marvelous tapestries that bring to mind the famed "Lady and the Unicorn" series in the Cluny Museum in Paris. If you are visiting the Cathedral, it...

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  • Salle de Reddition

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    Reims Things to Do

    The date usually given for the end of World War II is either May 8 or May 9, 1945, shortly before or shortly after midnight, which is when the German High Command signed the surrender papers in Berlin. A day before, on May 7, lower ranking German officers had already signed the unconditional surrender agreement in a school building in Reims, which...

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  • Place Drouet

    Reims Things to Do

    A popular meeting point in the center of Reims is the Subé Fountain in the Place Drouet-d’Erlon. To me the Subé Fountain doesn’t look at all like a fountain, more like a column, and the Place Drouet-d'Erlon doesn’t look like a square but more like a street that has been turned into a pedestrian zone. The Subé Fountain was named after the merchant...

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  • Hôtel le Vergeur

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    Reims Things to Do

    This "speciality" is situated at the Place du Forum. This large individual house is basically an example of Renaissance Style, although it also has a 13th Century GOTHIC hall. But first and foremost this museum is a fully functioning house, with 16 rooms on 2 floors . It is also part of Reim's HISTORY! It houses an exceptional collection of 14...

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  • Musée-Abbaye Saint-Rémi

    Reims Things to Do

    Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the adjacent Basilica, this complex was once the Abbey of Saint-Rémi, where the Holy Ampulla, used for the coronations of French kings, was held. It is nowadays a museum of the art, architecture and archaeology of Reims from pre-historic times to the Renaissance period. Although the Abbey of...

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  • Porte Mars

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reims Things to Do

    Near the station is one of Reims’s landmarks, the Mars Gate. It was built in the first part of the 3rd century as a monumental gate which gave access to the Gallo-Roman city of Durocortorum, as Reims was then called. The gate was named after Mars, the Roman God of War (not the planet or the candy bar). Originally there were four such gates, but...

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  • Église Saint Jacques

    Reims Things to Do

    One of the oldest surviving churches in Reims, Église Saint-Jacques is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Its construction began around 1190 and continued until 1270. Some remodelling occurred during the Renaissance period, while the spire was rebuilt in the 18th century after the original was destroyed in a storm. Unfortunately, Eglise...

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  • Musée des Beaux-Arts

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    Reims Things to Do

    The Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) is located on rue Chanzy in the former Abbey of Saint-Denis, just half a block from the opera house. Since the museum collections have long since outgrown this historic building, the city is planning to build a new and much larger museum building near the Mars Gate and the Halles du Boulingrin. When...

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  • Moet & Chandon

    Reims Things to Do

    Visit the Moët et Chandon winery in Epernay including the caves and Champagne sampling. Unique Qualities: My personal preference over Pommery and Momms. They produce the Don Perignon which remains an exceptional champagne. You all know Don Perignon, but it is also the name of the monk who invented Champagne.

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  • Cryptoportique

    Reims Things to Do

    What was once the Roman Forum of Durocortorum (Roman Reims), remained a square full of commercial activity to the present day. Below ground level at the centre of the square is an archaeological site, le Cryptoportique Gallo-Romain, consisting of a 3rd century AD arched gallery that served as a granary during Gallo-Roman times. It is one of a few...

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  • Don't Neglect the Minor Champagne Houses

    La Champagne is not just the major champagne houses which are now owned by multinational, mega-companies.Throughout Champagne there are small houses owned by families who love showing you their product and their wineries. I always enjoy visiting Cumieres on the Marne nw of Epernay. I have visited two houses there several times. Vadin Plateau (12,...

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  • Basilica of Saint Urbain, Troyes

    This is another marvel and only found one photo, of my passing in the region; but its worth mentioning anyway.the church of Saint Urbain is smaller inside but equally impressive. The basilica of Saint Urbain de Troyes had many financial problems in the past and its construction goes from the 13C to the 20C where it was finally done.The construction...

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  • Church of Sainte Madeleine, Troyes

    lovely to look at , historical at best, and architecturally nice, my runs thru France leads me to Troyes. Here you have the église de la Sainte Madeleine. or Saint Magdalene.This is richly religious and historical church and its a must to visit; i will put my five cents as best on the bit of history, but you must come to see it.Again a must.The...

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  • Chateau Fort de Sedan

    One of the symbols of French history and resistance; just for that is worth going there.Adult admission is 19,50€ and worth it. Some photos from my vault of a few years ago. A bit of history I like for this wonderful place to visit in the region ,is a must.This is one of the largest fortresses of medieval origin in Europe with 35 000 m2 over seven...

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  • Musée de la Marionnette, Charleville M

    This is in the musée de l'Ardennes, an annex showing the wonderful figurines we enjoy so much as kids and some adults lifers like me. Around it you have the grand marionnette,its an automated figurine of 10 meters high that plays on every hour near the Place Ducale and the Institut International de la Marionnette, at place Winston Churchill.Inside...

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  • Musée Rimbaud, Charleville Méziéres

    wonderful museum small but nice on the birth city of the poet Arthur Rimbaud. It will be close for 18 months now for reparations and not expected opening until June 2015; a temporary exhibit of his work will be available at the ùusée de l'Ardenne starting Feb 1 2014. The Musée Arthur Rimbaud, installed in a 17C mill ,and is dedicated to the poet....

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  • Basilique Notre Dame...

    Another wonderful basilica Church of France in the Champagne-Ardennes region. Department of Ardennes I come by here often and just dug up this photo from one of my passing by. This is the storyThe oldest mention of the Church dates from 1156 with the construction of a castle chapel. Then in 1267 was built the first parish church in replacement of...

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  • Read - "The Champagne Guide 2014-2015"

    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...

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  • Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims-interiors

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

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  • Cathedral Notre Dame of Reims-exterior

    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...

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  • Cathedral St Etienne, Chalons en...

    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...

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  • CHAMPAGNE WINE ROUTES

    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...

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  • Basilique Saint Remi -Reims

    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...

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  • NOTRE DAME CHURCH

    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

    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...

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  • DROSNAY CHURCH

    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...

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  • ST. LEGER CHURCH

    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...

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  • LONGSOLS HALF-TIMBERED CHURCH

    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...

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  • CHAMPAGNE HALF-TIMBERED CHURCH TRAIL

    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...

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  • Champagnes at Epernay

    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...

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  • Palais du Tau at Reims

    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...

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  • Taste More Champagne & save money

    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...

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  • CAMP MILITAIRE DE SUIPPES

    The countryside of the Champagne was devastated by the war. There were many villages totally destroyed. Some areas along the Western Front were made into a Zone Rouge by the French government. These areas were bought up and declared uninhabitable. One such area is the large area – larger than the City of Paris - northeast of Suippes where five...

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  • Janisson-Baradon et Fils... a must visit...

    If you take the time to visit the champagne house of Janisson-Baradon, you will not be disappointed. The family is very quick to help you taste their lovely champagnes. Even the Non-Dose' which has no sugar added and is made exclusively for the Japanese market. They will also explain to you how important it is to drink champage from the correct...

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  • Champagne house visits

    South East of Reims, in an area known as the Montagne de Reims, lies Verzenay, one of Champagne's most important villages as it has the accolade of Grand Cru. Within this village Michel Arnould owns 12 hectares of outstanding vineyards. His family has owned vines here for many generations, but it is only in the present century that they have...

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  • The Pommery cellars

    Of the numerous tours and 'degustations' available in Reims, I'd really recommend Pommery. The cellars are beautiful and the tourguides friendly and knowledgeable. Pre-book if you can, as the groups are limited in size, and although not too cheap, you get an hour's worth of unique history and some glasses of Champagne at the degustation afterwards.

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  • Mercier Champagne Tour

    We decided on the Mercier Champagne tour after looking in to the others & deciding it would be the most fun.Mercier Champagne by leagues is the most popular champagne in France. In 1858 Eugene Mercier at the age of 19 had built kilometers of tunnels for cellers and owned house own Champagne house. 14 years later he had over 18 km of cellers and a...

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  • Mercier Tour

    Mercier is open from 09:30 to 16:30 daily, with a 2 hour lunch break from 11:30. From 16th November to 16th March are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, And totally closed from the 14th December to the 5th JanuaryEntrance is 6.5 euros with concessions for groups and children. This includes the tour and a glass of champagne at the end. You can...

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  • MONUMENT TO THE US 372ND REGIMENT

    The US 93rd Division was made up of Black Americans. America was a very segregated country at the time of the First World War. To say the idea of race has changed in the US since then is to probably put it mildly especially with the election of a President who is part African-American – though some Democrats claimed Warren Harding was the first of...

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  • FRENCH AND GERMAN CEMETERIES

    There are some 14 French national military cemeteries and another ten German cemeteries where the dead lay in vast numbers. The largest are near Souain where at la Croulee 30,732 French soldiers are buried - 21,688 gathered up into eight large ossuaries. Next door is the German cemetery of Souain where there are 2,463 individual graves and one mass...

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  • PYRAMID OF THE FERME OF NAVARIN

    German trenches covered the ground here from September 1915 until July 1918. The French 4th Army attacked in this area 26 September in concert with the American push in the Meuse-Argonne just to the east of Champagne. The monument here was inspired by the French commander General Gouraud who was a much beloved figure within the French ranks. It...

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