Blogs from Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, France, Europe


Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims June 10th 2019

We’re off on an extra little adventure. Daughter no 2 is doing an experiment in Switzerland and needs a van load of equipment driven from London to Zurich. So we are going to be roadies. Or, more accurately, the old man is going to be a roadie. I’m just along for the ride. Does that make me a groupie? Probably not with my own daughter. We start the day by catching an Uber to the college. We’ve not booked an Uber before. The old man eyes the App with the sort of suspicion you’d expect from someone encountering witchcraft. But the car arrives and we reach our destination without the driver casting a spell. The van is delivered – 35 minutes late. Daughter no 2 is very stressed. However, the equipment is packed and we are ... read more
Equipment loaded
And we’re off
In Le Shuttle

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 19th 2018

This morning Peri, Janine and I walked to the Reims train station to catch a train to Epernay. Unfortunately by the time we worked out the ticketing system we missed the train. One of the best things about travelling without too many time constraints is that you can easily revert to Plan B. We bought tickets for the next train and had about an hour to kill so we walked to the main shopping strip of Reims and spent the time browsing and trying on outfits - and we were none the poorer for the experience lol. Back to the train station with time to jump onto the correct train and we were on our way. The views along the way are a constant 'wow'. As we drew into Epernay station we were all blown away ... read more
The hous of Moet & Chandon
Enjoying our champagne tastings
Cute pop-up Champagne bar

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 18th 2018

Up earlier this morning as we were being picked up by our driver at 9am for our full day Champagne tour. Our driver arrived very promptly - his name is Valentin. He had a very comfortable vehicle for the 5 of us so we settled in for our drive into the country. Tour starts at 9 - our driver Valantine picked us up in his very nice car. We headed towards the area that captures villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Ludes. Our first stop was at the Champagne house of Hughes Godme. This tour takes us to mostly boutique champagne houses - of which we found out there are around 200 of in this area. The lady we met is married is the owner with her husband and i think we caught her out not ... read more
A small selection of champagne bottles
Now that's a champagne glass!
Louise, Janine, Sue and Peri

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 17th 2018

This morning we are booked into the tour of Taittinger at 11:15am so we all had breakfast together and then spent time getting 5 girls showered and dressed - which is challenging as there is only 1 shower in the apartment. There is a bath with a hand held shower head but the bathroom is the walkway to the bedroom Peri, Sue and Lou are in so that is also interesting! We knew it was about a 30 minute walk so we set off with plenty of time to spare so we could take in the sights along the way. We arrived in time - to find out Janine had booked us on the French speaking tour haha. We were able to rescedule to the 11:45 English speaking tour but we were also aware that would ... read more
The birthday girl in her favourite place!
Inside the 'caves' of Taittinger
Why don't we get all these options of bottle size in Australia?

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 16th 2018

We had one of our best breakfasts so far! Love this hotel! Today we have quite the journey ahead of us so i have broken it down into seven stages: 1. Taxi to train station 2. Train to Genoa Brighole 3. Shuttle bus to airport 4. Flight from Genoa to Paris 5. Train to Champagne-Ardenne 6. Train to Reims 7. Find apartment Hotel was fantastic and organized our taxi to the station - it arrived on time at 8:30 and we were at station within 10 mins. Train to Genoa Brignole was due at 8:52 but was running 10 mins late. The schedule had this train arriving at Brignole at 9:20 and the shuttle bus leaving at 9:30 so this was going to be close. We had already accepted that if we didn't make this connection, ... read more
Dinner location in Reims
Dinner location in Reims
Cathedral of Notre Dame Reims

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims June 8th 2018

This is one of the days we had been waiting for and it didn't disappoint. In the morning we walked up to the Information Center in Epernay and turned up just as the Tourist Train was about to leave, so we hopped on the tour. The tour took us up the Avenue de Champagne, where every building was a stunning who's who of the Champagne world and many have tours & tasting. After having lunch at the apartment, we headed for the train to Reims and then headed to the home of Mumm. On Arrival at Mumm we waited for the rest of the tour to arrive (of course we were 30 minutes early was not going to be late to this one). After a 10 minute video on Mumm we descended 10 meters to the ... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims June 5th 2017

As mentioned in a previous blog entry we made the decision to take the train from Chalon-en-Champagne to Reims. It saved us 4 days of travel time by boat and it only took us about an hour. Reims is known as the unofficial capital of the Champagne growing region and as a result has plenty of Champagne houses. We decided that we had seen a number of them already so didn’t put them on the list of places to visit leaving us time to do other things. The one place we knew we had to see was the Reims Cathedral. Yes, anyone that has followed us knows we have been in numerous on our travels, but we had heard that if you were going to see one in France, this one was it. This gothic Cathedral ... read more
Built in the 1920's in the Banking District of Reims
Reims Has a Great Tram Network in the City
Here is another Transportation Option

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims September 29th 2016

Day 4: Reims The day was spent sight seeing which is a rarity for me. I usually drive and drive.. Found a Car Museum and of course there's the Cathedral There's also a historic racing circuit here which I didn't find out about until later in the day. Apparently the grandstands and pit garages are standing as they were left. So another trip.... Photographs today are all about the car museum and the Cathedral. The car museum is small but worth the 9 euros to have a look. The collection varies from very early autocar manufacture to 80s Porsches. The display is a mixture of "barn finds" Part restorations complete restorations and every day used vehicles. Also included in the display is a large room full of toy cars and model cars from all eras. All ... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims September 27th 2016

Day 3 Today the road takes me from Dieppe and my overnight stop to Reims. The toll roads would take you there in just over 2 hours non stop but my road took me closer to 6 including stops. The sun was up and the roof was down on the car. The road meandered through French farming land, around large towns and through smaller ones. It ewas a mixture of narrow country roads with rough surfaces to smooth fast toll free dual carriageways. Ill try to do a map and add it to the blog at the end of the trip but mainly used the D930 D133 D901 E46/N31 Reims itself is quite a bustling metropolis and maybe tomorrow Ill spend some time there as tomorrow is a non drive day. There's a few checks to ... read more
Day 3
Day 3
Day 3

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 8th 2016

Here we are, Tiffany is on winter holidays! Yes, when you go to boarding school in South Africa, your July holidays, are the winter ones! I had spent few days prior to this blog with Tiffany in Luxembourg. She has just enjoyed a week with her Grand-parents....these moment are pretty rare for us lately. But here we are...finally reunited...starting with a celebration of bubbles! Reims is not that far from where I grew up in Luxembourg. Champagne bottles are actually even often cheaper in supermarkets in Luxembourg than in this is part of my me, the little white ball goes very well with champagne cocktails! Tiffany is arriving the slow way with her's camping car all the way! So we started the day early, by a full tasting at Gimonnet. This is for ... read more
Visiting Pommery
Family lunch...
Can't wait for the final product!

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