Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale
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... end of WWII.
We got to our hotel around 6 pm. Steve and I had just enough time to walk to the Reims Cathedral before dinner. The very old cathedral (about 400 AD) was remodeled and repaired several times over the years. There was substantial damage during WWI. In 1971, a series of stained glass windows was added to the front of the sanctuary. They were created by Marc Chagall, also known ...
... and in the village a hairdressers, pharmacy and the standard Boulanger/Patisserie. Such a beautiful spot that we have not moved the boat at all. Monday morning in lovely sunshine we walked to a champagne house which is the property of the family of the "capitaine", who is the young man who manages the mooring and is in attendance from 6 pm to 8 pm each day. When asked which champagne house he recommended of course he said his family one is the best. We walked for about ...
... 20 minutes) rest, we got back in the car and drove to the center of Reims, where we found parking in a garage near the Cathedral. The walking street was crowded with shoppers. We tour the cathedral, which was very impressive. The proportions are amazing, and the arches soar above the narrow nave. The cathedral was heavily damaged in World War I, and so much of what we saw was reconstruction. The windows in the apse are modern – including works by Chagall. Stunning!
... br> On our previous trips we spent some time in Normandy and were blown away by the historical intensity of the area. The juxtaposition of the casualties combined with the hopeful beginning of the end of the war stirred up a strong, emotional mix of feelings. Though it is much more
distant from our memories, the remnants of the trench warfare of WWI elicits possibly an even more heart-wrenching set of emotions. After nearly a 100 years, ...
... Jenn and I went to Belgium and France over 10 years ago (I can't believe it's been that long) we got yelled at a few times. I think now, it was probably because we didn't do our research, I didn't know how to greet people, didn't try using as much French (knowing just a few key phrases really makes a difference!) and also because we got into a stranger's car. That didn't help. This trip has been really wonderful.
This morning, we had train tickets to Reims and Epernay. ...