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Reims

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  • Day439

    Day 440: Exploring Champagne

    April 30, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

    Aside from being home to the incredible cathedral, Reims is also the centre of the Champagne region, famous for obvious reasons! The vineyards and manor houses here are also on the world heritage list, so we set off exploring!

    There were a few large manor houses (home to champagne companies) just near us, so we took a few photos and videos before heading about 30 minutes south to the town of Epernay, where a lot of the actual vineyards are located.

    Interested to discover that champagne is officially a blend - they mix up grapes from different vineyards and years before ageing them all in the bottle. It's also fermented a second time while in the bottle, and it's this that creates the bubbles.

    The town was quite cute, and home to the abbey where a monk named Dom Perignon developed the art (though he wasn't the first, contrary to popular belief). Had a good look around the vineyards and the centre of town (centred around Rue de Champagne) before heading back to Reims.

    We'd booked a tasting and tour at the Taittinger champagne house but that wasn't until 3:45, so we spent an hour or so just relaxing in our room. Unfortunately the internet wasn't that great so we had to pick and choose what work we were doing!

    Eventually we went out for our tasting which was great. We got to go on an underground tour of the cellars where their most expensive selections are fermented. They use natural chalk caves common to the area, as it keeps the temperature and humidity consistent year-round. And of course we had a taste which was lovely as well!

    Then back to our room where we spent the rest of the evening.
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    Trish Forrester

    Not a traditional champagne glass?

    5/22/18Reply
    Trish Forrester

    Just for decoration?

    5/22/18Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    I actually have a feeling the "traditional" champagne flute is quite a modern thing - back in the day they would drink it from shallow martini-style glasses

    5/23/18Reply
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  • Day438

    Day 439: Eastwards to Reims

    April 29, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Early start today, heading back down to Orly airport to pick up our next car. A couple of metros across Paris, then a bus from the south of the city as there was a transport strike on the mainland train lines! There's actually been rolling strikes across most of the French rail network for the last month (and will continue for at least another month), but thankfully we'd already booked our car before that was announced.

    This car is a gigantic station wagon, an Opel Astra. Should be fun trying to park this thing! Very smooth to drive though, and with lots of nice features.

    We headed north-east out of Paris towards the city of Reims, where our WHS for today is the Cathedral. It's another of the medieval French Gothic cathedrals that were all designed and built around much the same time. This one is notable as being the coronation place of the French kings, and somewhere that Joan of Arc visited a couple of times as well. Very cool.

    Also on the list is a nearby Archbishop's palace which we visited briefly, and another church as well which was the burial place of Saint Remy, who brought Christianity to France and inextricably linked it with the French monarchy. Cool stuff.

    By now it was around 5pm and our Airbnb was ready, so we drove over there and checked in. It's basically in a student housing thing, just a small room with a bed, desk, bathroom, and micro kitchen. Nothing fancy, but fine for a couple of days. About the only thing open on a Sunday night was a random convenience store, so it was a loaf of bread with brie and cured meats for dinner!
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    Trish Forrester

    Looks so much like Notre Dame!

    5/22/18Reply
    Trish Forrester

    This doesn't look like ND because there are no tourists around!

    5/22/18Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    This is probably the most similar to the Paris one, out of the large Gothic cathedrals in France

    5/23/18Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    It's not even that far from Paris!

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  • Day1

    Im Hotel

    June 19, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Chaos. Unsere bestätigte Buchung ist irgendwo verlorenen gegangen. Der Hotelier ist ganz schön nervös und versucht gerade ein Zimmer für uns aufzutreiben. Mal sehen ob es klappt.

    In der Zwischenzeit genießen wir ein Gläschen Bordeaux 🍷🍷

    Nachtrag zur Beruhigung.
    Der Chefe hat uns noch ein Zimmer im Nachbarhotel klargemacht 😊👍😎
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  • Day1

    Reims

    September 7, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach einer erstaunlich entspannten Busfahrt bin ich fast pünktlich in "Reims" angekommen.
    Anscheinend sollte man jedoch sein Flixbusticket genauer durchlesen, denn anstatt wie erhofft am Hauptbahnhof, bin ich am "Champagne-Ardenne TGV" abgesetzt worden.
    Dieser befindet sich in einem Vorort von Reims und damit 7,5 Kilometer Fußweg von meinem Hostel entfernt. Eindeutig zu viel entscheide ich und setze mich dank der Hilfe von einem netten französischen Mädchen in den Zug, der mich für 2,10 € in knapp 10 Minuten zum Hauptbahnhof befördert. Ich bin in Reims, dieses mal wirklich.

    Der Weg zu meinem Zimmer dauert circa 20 Minuten und auf dem Weg kriege ich einen ersten Eindruck von Reims, schöne Parks mit vielen jungen Leuten, typisch französische Häuser und in fast jeder Straße befindet sich ein Weinkeller, weshalb es in der gesamten Stadt angenehm nach Alkohol riecht.

    Mein Zimmer teile ich mir mit vier jungen Männern, mit denen ich kurz quatsche bevor es zum Abendessen eine Tk-Pizza und einen Apfel gibt. Jetzt noch schnell in den Blog schreiben und ab ins Bett.
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