This city is almost completely covered with gardens, quiet peaceful life takes place here. Its the prominent feature of the city you can visit the cathedral which this year celebrates 800 years of existence. You will admire its beauty and splendor. Next to it is the Palace of Tau where they keep their greatest treasures. I encourage you to visit I'm sure not new disappointed.
The world famous Champagne is produced in the small Champagne-Ardennes region. In fact, sparkling wine can only be regarded as Champagne if it's produced in this region. Someone might get confused and call a Catalan cava Champagne. Despite both being sparkling wines and composed of the same grape varieties, one would be Champagne and the other would remain Cava. One of the most famous wineries is probably "Moet et Chandon". This "house" has its warehouses, offices and shop in the town of Epernay, in the aforementioned region. Although it is the best-selling Champagne (nationally and internationally) something not many people know is that Moet et Chandon only has 15% of the vineyards here producing their wines. The remaining 85% is purchased by farm owners who cultivate vines in the same region. 85% is acquired as grape juice, then transported to the huge galleries of Moet et Chandon and their cellars. After a long process and a long rest, this juice will become the delicious Champagne.
We discovered this charming square by accident as we wandered through Reims looking for a place to eat. It's the perfect place to recharge your batteries after walking around the city. There is an incredible secret inside that few know about, preferring to visit the cathedral instead. Big mistake! The square holds the remains of Gallo-Roman galleries, reminding us of the antiquity and importance of the city of Reims. The Cryptoportique, which is the name of the place, is a gallery from the third century, when it was known as Durocortorum Reims, a major Roman settlement in the area. It is surrounded by beautiful bourgeois buildings, including the Vergeur museum.
It is undoubtedly the most famous Champagne cellar in the world. Located in Epernay, a small town in the Champagne region, the name Champagne is shared amongst the cellars (as only sparkling wine that is produced here has this name). Due to the popularity of the internationalized brand Moët et Chandon, tourists often visit, but experts are not always swayed by the brand and seek other properties and go to other wineries, often discovering marvels that appear as a result of certain crops. The winery tour I found very pleasant. Obviously, large companies are often exploitative but the guide seemed very professional, the tasting was also nice, and we had some freedom to explore, though more or less kept an eye on, thousands of meters of corridors and rows and rows of bottles. I do not quite remember the time spent on the tour, but it was around 60 minutes. At the end we passed through the store (as in any museum, garden, landmark building hahaha) where we were offered classics from Moët et Chandon or other souvenirs for those that presume to know a little about bubbly. The tour costs about 16 € with a tasting of various types of Champagne. Full of curiosities, so keep your eyes open and ears peeled!
Troyes Cathedral is absolutely beautiful. It has lots of details to admire in the front exterior of the building. On the inside of the cathedral, you'll find that there are beautiful roses and stained glass. If we look closely at all the details we see that we can rediscover Gothic art treasures that are worth being admired.
I spent a wonderful afternoon seeing an exhibition of Christmas cribs. The exhibition was at the Palace of Tau which has an annual Christmas exhibition. This year they had 40 Italian cribs (all the cribs were for sale) but the theme changes every year.
In addition to its treasures, Tau Palace is a treasure in itself in the of France. This is what I read in the books I've seen during my visit there. It's a strange feeling to step on the same floor where the kings of France have held their parties.
The harvest of the field in France is something you have to do at least once in your life if you dare. The tours take you to small villages in the countryside where you can see the collections. There is a small winery that welcomes you to visit the cellar of its house and its large reserves of up eight billion champagne bottles in the cellar which measures 9 kilometers.
Situated in the heart of the city of Reims you can find the Drouet d'Erlon's Square which, besides being one of the busiest square around, has at its center a beautiful fountain topped by a golden statue called: "The Glory". While I was wandering through the old town in search of the cathedral, a golden glow dazzled me and I felt obliged to stop and see what it was. The fountain and statue of the Angel are both beautiful. Despite being a Sunday, it was practically empty. Now, everything is covered by a layer of snow around the square and there are also a large number of decorated posts. I discover another painful story about World War II, since apparently this area was completely destroyed by bombing. Now, I am glad to see how the people of this city can enjoy the heritage that their elders knew and were recovered.
This statue of Joan of Arc with a sword has disappeared 4 times in 4 years! It's near the cathedral and is a symbol of the history of France, but also it's a symbol of a city known as the City of Joliment Sacres. You can see statues like this in many cities and cathedrals of France.
A few meters from the famous Piazza D'Erlon's Drout of Reims and almost going unnoticed with its little facade and sandwiched between other buildings, we ran into it by chance with the church of Saint-Jacques, the second oldest in the city after the Saint-Remi Basilica. It was constructed in the late 12th century but has elements of the 15th century. It has 3 naves that are on the most beautiful side. Inside you can find a crucifix included in the works of Jacques Pierre in the 16th century, as well as vaults and the windows of the 20th century.
In the Place du Forum you can see traces of the oldest place to be found in the city of Reims, a gallery of Gallo-Roman origin from the 3rd Century that was originally attached to the forums and which incidentally was used as a storage place for cereals and / or meat. The only remains of the galleries are those found in the square because, as is the case with most of the city, its remains were lost during the two World Wars. The fact that you can find places like this in a city that you intend to visit because of its cathedral and its wineries, is a surprise. Also if you do it at a time when there is a lot of snow it gives a more mysterious and dreamlike feel. It's the first time that I have seen and heared about a cryptoporticus. What surprised me most is that the major monuments in Reims are free ;), I can only thank them because sometimes, culture can be rather expensive ;)
This square was part of the ancient Roman city of Durocorturum. It has large houses with interior gardens, and a quiet paved plaza. It's huge and beautiful, with dimensions of 33 by 38 fathoms (about 64m by 74m). In the centre, you can see a beautiful fountain topped by a bronze statue of Louis XV as a Roman emperor. This statue dates from the year 1818, as the previous statue was destroyed during the Revolution. The huge building dominating an entire side of the square is the sub-prefecture of the Marne.