Hello my friends! I’m topping up my tan while watching the Tour de France on the Cloud. I like watching other people sweat – especially highly trained athletes!
Reims is an ancient city that was formed more than two thousand years ago. It has deep roots in the past, yet it is a remarkably vibrant city that is friendly to all visitors. Reims is fantastic for walking since there is something to see around every corner and nearly always a café, ice cream parlour or friendly coffee shop nearby. Not to mention the frequent establishments where the produce of the local vintners can be sampled!
It is easiest to reach Reims by flying into Paris and then taking a train. The city-link train from Paris reaches Gare de Reims in less than two hours while the TGV into Gare de Champagne-Ardenne cuts that time to less than ninety minutes. It is also an easy drive from Paris on the A4.
There are a myriad of options for staying in Reims to fit all budgets. Reims is not an expensive location and this is refreshing after the high prices of Paris. I like the Hotel de la Paix with its convenient location close to city centre, but not too close. Other notable properties include the Continental Hotel and Reims l’Univers but, increasingly, my friends are choosing to stay in apartments rented through property websites. The apartments are clean, compact and the right price for a short stay.
Speaking of which, no visit to Reims would be complete without a tour of one of the Champagne wineries who have their headquarters in the region. The Romans mined chalk from below Reims and left a maze of tunnels that were tailor-made for the Champagne producers who call the region home. The Champagne vintners simply levelled the floors and moved their bottle racks right in! The constant temperatures in the Champagne caves are ideal for the fermentation of the world’s best sparkling wines.
If, like me, you are enjoying the Tour De France, raise a glass of Champagne to toast the winners and have another glass or two to commiserate with the losers!