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  • Day1009

    Reims & Lanson Champagne House

    April 1, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The free aire at Reims isn't as tranquil as our previous stopovers, with a constant daytime drone of vehicles on the nearby dual carriageway, which drops to intermittent at night. However, it does give great access to the city centre, with the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral just 1.3km away.

    After a supermarket shop, filling and emptying the van, getting diesel and a drive of 120km, including lunch at motorway services with a huge wild boar statue (see photo), we arrived at Reims. Will had entered a fuel station that sold LPG so we topped up on that before wending our way through city centre streets to find the aire. It is situated behind a utilitarian looking building (apparently a 'digital cultural centre' whatever one of those is), but unusually for France, there was a barrier blocking our entrance with a number to call. Luckily the CamperContact and Park4Night apps had warned us about this, so we were prepared and Will (who has been practicing on the DuoLingo app) made his first phonecall in French, entering the numbers into the keypad as they were read out. We were in! Down a small service road, under a sweep of Weeping Willows, we found 7 side-on-side bays with a low wall dividing them from the small arboretum behind.

    It had turned into a warm day (22°C) and after a short rest, Will headed into the city to explore, leaving Vicky to yet more resting. Frequent trams and buses seem to provide a good transport network and keep cars from clogging up the centre. The jewel in Reims' crown is undeniably its gargantuan Gothic cathedral. With the sunshine and blue skies it looked even more impressive, covered with an unfathomable number of stone carvings, depicting gargoyles, royal and religious effigies, punctuated by intricately presented stained glass, with two large rose windows drawing the eye.

    The following day, Will showed Vicky a few places he had scouted out for lunch and we chose a hotel bar on a corner just 500m from the cathedral. It was called Le Bon Moine (The Good Monk) and displayed a menu that included veggie cous cous - Vicky's first vegetarian sit down meal in France that wasn't a salad - yey! As you often see in this country, the menu was focused; offering cous cous and a range of burger based meals. The chef concentrated on doing a few dishes well and our food was very tasty as a result. Will chose the lamb cous cous which was the same as Vicky's, but with a huge hunk of meat falling off the bone. There was so much, that he couldn't fit in dessert, but Vicky had delicious tart tatin topped with a scoop creamy vanilla ice cream.

    Reims, together with Epernay, a town south of here, are the two centres of Champagne production. We thought it only polite to wash our food down with a glass each. As we did so, we perused the paper maps used as placemats (a nice idea!). Our eyes were drawn to the Champagne bottle icons scattered around the streets, each depicting a Champagne House. Will began to get excited when he saw the Lanson House. His favourite bubbly is produced just 500m from where we'd left Martha Motorhome! A quick check of their website and we found they did cellar tours! With Vicky's birthday approaching, we made the decision to treat ourselves. The aire limited us to a 48 hour stay, so we applied online for a tour that afternoon and heard back shortly via email that there was an English one beginning at 2:30pm - just 50 minute's time. We confirmed and hot footed it over town, arriving with 10 minutes to spare.

    The place was like a posh hotel; wrought iron gates, painted black with the golden Lanson script announcing in no uncertain terms the pedigree of the establishment! Entering a high ceilinged white marble hallway, we checked in at the dark wood welcome desk. After payment, we were invited to rest on the rich green Chesterfield suite in the reception area, the centrepiece of which was the end of a mammoth wooden barrel.

    Our guide took us and another 3 couples (2 American and one Finnish) to start the tour. After a little history we were shown a map of the company's vinyards, their quality (premier cru, grand cru, cru) and talked about the different types of grapes; chardonay, pinot noir, pinot meunier. The latter two are both black grapes, which is where the 'Lanson Black Label' name was born. These are juiced at stations close to the point of harvest, before being transported to this Champagne House.

    Next we went to see Clos Lanson; this 1 hectare, on-site vinyard is planted with chardonay grapes and produces only 8000 bottles a year, approximately one per vine. Back inside, we viewed the fermenting vats and barrels before descending to the cellars, which are kept at a constant 11°C. A special non-UV light emitted an orange glow and dark grey penicillin hung in whisps from the arched tunnel walls.

    The tour ended in a comfortable bar, where we were served a flute of Lanson Black Label Brut and left to digest our experience. Others had paid for further glasses of Rosé and Vintage but we'd already had some with lunch, so were happy to trundle our way back to Martha Motorhome.

    Before leaving the following morning, we trekked accross the centre of town to the Halles du Boulingrin; Reims' art deco market hall. Even at 10am the shops and cafés were only just coming to life, smells of lunch being prepared wafted through the air, while floors were mopped and terrace tables arranged. We understood from our guide book that the food market was open on Wednesdays, but all we found was a fish stall and one selling vegetables in the entrance. The rest of the space was cordoned off. Peaking past the sellers, then walking round the outside of the aerodrome sized building, we saw it was lit by high, arched windows with orange /yellow glass. The colour of the panes made them look as if they had a serious problem with nicotine stains. All in all the hall was a disappointment, but we enjoyed stretching our legs and taking in the sights, smells and sounds of early morning Reims, which overall was a great city to visit.
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  • Day3

    Reims Stadtführung

    October 28, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Wir hatten Glück mit der Stadtführerin: Sie war charmant, gut strukturiert, eloquent und hatte viel Wissen. Fast zwei Stunden lang brachte sie uns Geschichte und Kunst der Kathedrale von Reims näher. Dann fütterte sie uns noch mit Happen zur Stadtgeschichte an.

    Nach Linsen mit Würstchen: die Ausstellung zum eigentlichen Waffenstillstand am Ende des zweiten Weltkrieg, der in Reims stattfand, im Nebengebäude einer Schule, wo sich auch das Hauptquartier der Alliierten befand. Hier wieder ein Kontrast : ein banaler Ort, ein weltbewegendes Ereignis. In Karlshorst wurde das Ganze angeblich nur der Russen zuliebe nachgestellt.Read more

  • Day17

    Reimes

    August 28, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Reimes är ju ’champagnens huvudstad’. Här är allt präglat av champagne. Man behöver inte åka ut på vingårdarna, alla kända märken är representerade med eleganta byggnader i stan. Enorma källare där champagnen får sin andra jäsning innan den går till försäljning, en vanlig champagne 3 år, en riktigt fin 10-12 år. Vi var på Taittinger, som är det äldsta champagnemärket och tittade på deras enorma källare 18 meter under jord med en temperatur på 10-12 grader. Svalt och mörkt ska det vara! Vi fick en utförlig lektion i champagneframställning. Efter den förstår man att en flaska kostar några hundra. Fick vi smaka champagne? Såklart!Read more

  • Day17

    Notre Dame i Reimes

    August 28, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Nu har vi sett så många fina kyrkor så de är värda en egen sida! Katedralen i Toledo, fantastiskt fin! San Sebastian, La Rochelle, Nantes, alla har väldigt fina kyrkor. Saint Nicolai i Nantes och Notre Dame i Reimes är två favoriter. Ljusspelet på katedralen i Reimes slår det mesta man har sett! Otroligt häftigt! Katedralens utseende förändrades hela tiden med hjälp av ljus och projicerade bilder. Det måste upplevas live, ni får åka hit helt enkelt 😉.Read more

  • Day3

    Ausflug nach Reims

    August 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Heute Vormittag haben wir es ruhig angehen lassen und sind erst gegen Mittag aufgebrochen nach Reims. Eine wirklich sehenswerte kleine Stadt und auch garnicht so überlaufen. Am schönsten Platz der Stadt haben wir einen Espresso und ein regionales Bier getrunken. Das Bier war gut, die Preise allerdings gesalzen. Die Kathedrale aus dem 16ten Jahrhundert ist beeindruckend. Später sind wir über kleine Dörfer und zwischen Weinbergen zu dem Restaurant gefahren, das uns Gernot empfohlen hat und haben ein 3 Gänge Menü genossen. Leider war es dann von dort über 1 Stunde nach Hause, und das obwohl wir sogar durch eine Straßensperre durchgefahren sind. Wir waren unschlüssig, aber weil ein weiterer Deutscher einfach durchgefahren ist und nicht zurückkam habe wir es riskiert! Daheim gab es dann noch ein Absackerbier bevor wir alle müde ins Bett sind.Read more

  • Day1

    Reims, Hotel Crystal

    July 7, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Reims is a beautiful town - We´ve been there, when France played against France during the EM - it was just awesome to see the French celebrating after the game!

    If you come to Reims - it is your duty to drink champagne! Reims is the center of the champagne - there are worse duties ;-)

  • Day1

    Day 1 Reims

    June 30, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Started off for the Eurotunnel to start our 2 week trip in Europe (doesn’t really compare to 5 years but ....) Made good time and got an earlier shuttle than the one booked. Decided to meander towards Reims and bought French bread and cheese in a supermarket, then found a lovely park to eat it in. Went on a motorway for the last leg of the journey. Parking was booked at the accommodation but the spaces were made for small cars, so it was a bit of a squeeze! Accommodation very good and only a short walk to Reims centre, where there was a party atmosphere following France’s football win. Sitting outside watching the evening game John wished he wasn’t driving when he saw the fun metre of beer dispensers. We then moved to a Mexican restaurant which was also showing the football! We then walked around the town. A great start to the holidayRead more

  • Day9

    Reims

    August 4, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We decided to run away from rainy Paris and check out the wineyard landscape. Reims was our first stop on our champagne route. We were amazed by Cathedrale de Notre Dame in Reims💒 Gorgeous vitrages inside! Thor had to wait outside. No big deal though as he hates churches anyway 😁🐕

  • 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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  • 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Reims, رانس, Горад Рэймс, Реймс, Remeš, Ρενς, رنس, ריימס, ランス, რეიმსი, 랭스, Durocortorum, Reimsas, Reimsa, Ремс, रेंस, Rems, رائیم, แร็งส์, 兰斯

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