Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Reims, France

13th of August 2010

We started our journey in the afternoon.
We had our dinner in Louvain, Belgium, in front of the exquisite Town Hall....

From Leuven

.... and then we went on the road again, to Reims, a French city located in the Champagne-Ardenne region that lies 129 km northeast of Paris.

14th of August 2010

We wanted to see the Cathedral and visit the Champagne cellars.

Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Rheims) is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Reims, where the kings of France used to be crowned.

From Reims

This Cathedral, a master-piece of Gothic architecture, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

From Reims

From Reims

What I love the most in this Cathedral?
The three portals laden with statues and statuettes.
Among European cathedrals, only Chartres has more sculpted figures.

From Reims

In the inside, a statue of Joan of Arc, the national heroine of France and a Catholic saint.
Charles VII of France was famously crowned in Reims in 1429 through the endeavors of Joan of Arc to free the country from the English.

From Reims

Outside, in front of the Cathedral, we had a nice glass of Champagne...

After this enjoyable moment, we decided to visit the Pommery cellars. This house was founded in 1858 by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno.

From Reims

Louise Pommery, Alexandre's widow, built the winery into one of the most respected Champagne houses in the world.

Louise Pommery is also known for producing, in 1874, the first-ever brut (dry) Champagne.

From Reims

A curiosity...the cellars have well known city names...for obvious reasons, I took a photo of this one..;-)
La Haye (Den Haag/Haia). ;-)

From Reims

This nice visit ended with a toast to the journey we started that day... ;-)

From Reims


(I normally associate Champagne to these glamorous movies...;-)

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, Swing Time

Stay well!


Margarida Elias said...

Gostei deste "passeio" por Reims. Sempre foi um dos sítios que mais ambicionava ir - talvez um dia lá vá. Gosto especialmente dos vitrais da catedral.
E o champanhe tinha um aspecto muito convidativo!:)

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

What stunning architecture, especially the Town Hall. Gulp!

I am glad you enjoyed a glass of champagne. It's important to do so when in France, non? ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Margarida ;-) has-de ir de certeza ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Japra ;-) Gulp, indeed! I need to come back to Louvain with time to enjoy the city. This day was raining and we had arrive at dinner time. Et oui, il faut boire un verre de Champagne, quand nous sommes en France ;-))

Presépio no Canal said...

We had arrived, I mean...

Sara said...

Eu bem tentei disfarçar, mas agora acho que chegou a hora da confissão: tenho mesmo inveja desta sua viagem :))) Adorava fazer uma jornada assim, recheada de muita cultura, muita beleza, muita emoção. Inspiradora para o resto do ano :)


Presépio no Canal said...

Sara LOL ;-)
Este ano tinhamos de ir com o carro a Portugal (sobre isso falarei la mais para diante). Ate la sao 25 horas de conducao. Por isso, resolvemos fazer uma media de 5 horas/dia. Assim, nao foi tao cansativo e aproveitamos mais a viagem.
Beijinhos!! ;-)

ana said...

Adorei as imagens que captou. Gostava muito de ir a Reims ver a Catedral e não só.
Sublinho o que a Sara já falou. A cultura, a emoção e a beleza tudo o que o ser humano precisa para se preparar para o Inverno e para um ano recheado de desafios e cansaços.
A beleza fortifica a alma e traz alegria!

Muito obrigada pela generosidade que levou até a minha casa.
Beijinhos :)

Presépio no Canal said...

Ana, concordo inteiramente consigo e com a Sara ;-)
A beleza fortalece e inspira!
Partilhar convosco estes momentos tambem me ajuda muito a lidar com o frio. Parece que ja estamos no Inverno!
Beijinho grande! Merecido e bom descanso tambem! ;-)

Aledys Ver said...

wow, the architecture is fantastic! That Town Hall, in particular!! And the cathedral, too! So much history taking place within its walls... amazing.
What is amazing is the number of glasses of Champagne that you had to drink... bad, Sandra, bad! :D (just joking!)

Presépio no Canal said...

I do what I can, Aledys,...;-)))

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

These are FABULOUS PHOTOS MY DEAR!!! THIS IS MY PART OF THE WORLD THAT I LOVE and thank you....I just know that you think of me once and a while when you download these photos! LOVE YOU, ANita

Presépio no Canal said...

Dear Anita,

Je pense toujours a toi quand je suis en France ;-)

Mille Bisous!

Patricia Sgrignuoli said...


Lovely post!!! Spectacular the architecture of the Town Hall (first photo) but I love the Cathedral of Reims. One of my favorite buildings of Gothic architecture!

And the video is perfect with the champagne!