|Notre-Dame de Reims|
Reims is the largest town in the Champagne-Ardennes region in eastern France. Many champagne houses have their headquarters in and around the city. It's famous for its magnificent cathedral which was where many French kings were crowned from the Middle Ages onwards. It also has a long history of confusing English speakers with the peculiar pronounciation of its name: in English it's pronounced "Reems" but in French it's something like "Rinz".
I got up far too early to catch the train from Gare de l'Est. Bizarrely the cheapest fare for that train when I booked it was in first class, so I enjoyed the comfier chair and extra leg-room that brought as the TGV made its way through the countryside.
After meeting Samir and two other friends we went to look around the cathedral. It was almost deserted as it was early last Saturday. A few dozen people were wandering around while recorded organ music played gently. It was all very peaceful.
|Looking towards the altar|
|I wonder how much all that's worth?|
"They can waste their champagne, we drink ours," he said, cheerfully pouring a glass for the taster session at the end.
After that we went to a party, jointly hosted by Samir and a friend of his, which was a lot of fun.
Finally, another early start to catch a slower train back to Paris.
Well done if you're still reading by this point, as this is probably the longest blog post I've ever done and it's completely off-topic. That's all though, until next time. Ciao.