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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Musée des Beaux-Arts

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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-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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Basilique Notre Dame de l'Epine

    A wonderful church in a small town and after passing many times finally pictures to show a tip. basilica de l'Epine in champagne Ardennes regions not far from Châlon en Champagne town.Summer hours to see are from 9h- 18h and winter are 10h - 16hIt is a wonderful church basilica to see and even give it more time, but the main things to see according...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ROLAND GARROS’ GRAVE

    Tennis aficionados will recognize Roland Garros’ name as it adorns the stadium in Paris where the French Open is held every year. Now, I am guessing, Garros liked to play tennis, but his real claim to fame was for his innovation in aviation warfare. He was involved with seminal attempts to mount guns which could shoot straight through the propeller...

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  • CZECHOSLOVAK BRIGADE MEMORIAL

    Across the Aisne River from Vouziers is a memorial to the soldiers of the Czechoslovak Brigade which fought alongside the French in WWI. Czehoslovaks had been a part of the French Foreign Legion and had been a part of the fighting since the beginning of the war. An autonomous Czechoslovak army was established by French decree 19 Dec 1917, six...

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  • POLISH CEMETERY BOIS DU PUITS

    The so-called ‘International Cemetery’ consists of three adjacent cemeteries: the French Auberiver-sur-Suippe Military Cemetery – 6424 men buried with 2908 in three ossuaries; a German cemetery is behind the French one with some 5359 men buried. On the west side of the French cemetery is the Polish cemetery le Bois du Puits. Polish soldiers fought...

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  • RUSSE

    The Russian Expeditionary Force was sent to France in 1916 in exchange for badly-needed munitions that went to Russia. Many of the Russians would claim to have been ‘sold’ as a result of the trade. Four brigades were originally sent – almost 32,000 men – and many in France thought it was just the vanguard of a huge force to come, but developments...

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  • VALMY – BIRTHPLACE OF THE FIRST REPUBLIC...

    On the eastern edge of the Champagne, just west of the Argonne Forest stands the rebuilt windmill on the battlefield of Valmy. You can see it from the Strasbourg TGV or the Auto route Est. As far as battles go, the fight here was not a major affair, but by resulting in the withdrawal of an Austro-Prussian force of over 80,000 commanded by the Duke...

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  • MOURMELON-LE-GRANDE

    The large present French military base here at Mourmelon-le-Grande has its roots in the Second Empire of Napoleon III. Created as a summertime parade ground where Napoleon III could escape Paris and watch his troops parade in the dust of the Champagne Plains, the area became one of the first martial exercise training areas, something that continues...

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  • Take a drive to Bouzy

    What an attractive sounding name for a village. Any drinker worth his/her salt would want to visit. Better still, this village is famous for its "Bouzy Rouge". In days of yesteryear the famous product of champagne was red wine : still red wine. Made from Pinot Noir grapes, this wine, because it came from the region, was called "Champagne". It was...

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