Hotel Du Commerce
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... send to her Czech boyfriend. I guess he’s trying to learn French too and the phonetic pronunciations in the book are really wrong to her. I explained that the same letters can have a different sound in English. I also explained that that is also why I have problems trying to look up anything that people say to me because what I hear is not how things are spelled.
I admit, it’s nice to have roommates again. As long as I get the bottom bunk ...
... all the better to observe an approaching army. Nowadays, the view is just stunning, with the newer parts of Laon at the base of the hill, and fields stretching into the distance. Agriculture is the main economic base of the town and region, but no wine. (Well, there is one winery, but our tour guide suggested it was not worth our while to taste it!) The town was once famous for its white wine, but I believe that was in about the 12th century, ...
... type buildings across the road to set off the vista. Inside is mammoth, but quite dark and ominous. Nice stain glass, and a tremendous candelabra hanging over centre stage. But it's all a little depressing, the building was extensively damaged during WW2, and no one seems too keen to bring it back to life. Oh, well....maybe a champers will brighten up the day....or maybe a meander along one of the Champagne tourist drives. Sounds ...
... then a hostel in Reims. Hostels haven't been as common as I had thought (one in Lille: pop. 250,000, one in Reims, pop. 200,000), but they are cheaper than hotels. This time, I was able to book a space in a four-bed dorm room for only $30/night.
My first day was raining off and on, but I was ready, and put plastic shopping bags over my handlebars to keep my gloves dry. The roads were not too busy once I left Lille, and if I ignore ...
... After lunch, we went to the Reims cathedral which is where the kings and queens of France were all crowned. The cathedral was impressive both on the outside and inside. There are over 2,000 statues in this cathedral which is amazing.
We also went and saw the Mars Gate which is the only remaining gate built in the 3rd century giving access to the a Roman city. Then after we went to the Museum of Surrender where the Germans surrendered for VE ...
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