Imagine this: waking up to a pleasant and happy weather, starting the day with the distinct Biscuit Rose or pink biscuit, walking the streets that first existed since 80 circa, savoring a bottle of sparkling joie de vivre, touring the monumental antiquities and ending the day, on a starry night at a small but exquisite brasserie on a cobbled street, if this is what you want, then, Reims is where you will lose your heart.
The largest city of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region has more to offer than its signature bottles of sparkling bubblies. Not everyone amongst us is a history enthusiast hence can be hesitant when it comes to planning a vacation in a city that is predominantly historic, but wait for your first glance skywards when under the magnanimous Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims); you will not return feeling the same way as you had when you walked in.
WWI followed by WWII managed to destruct the architectural beauty but could not dampen the spirit of the people who meticulously restored their city back for travelers to see the wonders that were Basilique Saint-Remi, Palais du Tau, Reims Town Hall, Monuments to the dead of Reims and more!
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A little about Reims…
Reims is a perfect juxtaposition of historic with modern; lose yourself in the history through the day while you dine under the stars at night. Well quite literally, since the city’s restaurants are mostly Michelin-star certified. Reims also hosts several chocolate tasting events, hence it’s a shout out to all chocolate lovers out there to indulge your sweet teeth.
Take a day out to tour the champagne routes and let the child in you persuade a Eurostar train ticket to get a larger picture of France’s countryside. Reims offers luxury hotels, holiday homes as well as hostels plus lodgings for every budget.
Let a visit to Reims-Gueux, which hosted the French Grand Prix 14 times since 1938-1966, be the cherry on top and you’re assured that your holiday in Reims would be a lot more than cathedrals and palaces.
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– Cathedral Notre-Dame de Reims, Palais du Tau (Archbishop’s Palace), Basilique Saint-Remi, Monuments to the dead of Reims and Musee de la Reddition (World War II museum).
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5 Places To Roam Around Better
– Musee des Beaux Arts, Musee Saint-Remi, Musee Hotel le Vergeur, Chapella Foujita and Place du Cardinal-Luçon as also Porte de Mars, which is a 3rd century Roman triumphal arch that served as a Town gate and is a major tourist attraction. The Reims-Geuex is a personal suggestion!
5 Places To Eat Classy Better
– Le Parc Restaurant Les Crayeres (it doesn’t just look phenomenal and medieval but the food has been termed outstanding as well), Les Sarments (perfect for any occasion ranging from a formal business meeting to a romantic candlelight, the place seems promising and they serve traditional French cuisine), Le Millenaire (on a personal note, this place is so very attractive with its contemporary up-do and central location with amazing local cuisine), Le Jardin Le Crayeres (offers a fine dining experience with authentic and quality food) and Anna-S-La Table Amoureuse (one of the top 5 restaurants in the city, serving a classy champagne dinner).
5 Places to Eat & Drink Pocket Friendly Better
– Chez Nous restaurant (very homely, very affordable and warm)
– Les 3 Brasseurs restaurant and pub (fresh food, good alcohol and serves vegetarian. Bravo!)
-Le Petit Basque (very French, so very French that you have got to keep your French restaurant basics up your sleeves or you’d have a hard time communicating but I’m sure it’ll be a memorable experience nonetheless)
– The Glue Pot (many have referred to it as the ‘real deal’ and a good place for a drink.)
– Louise (a very, very cute creperie and we all know that the French do their crepes really right)
5 Foods To French It Better!
I’m only writing what Reims serves best. You’ll still have to take your pick from what’s on offer so here it goes.
Rabbit (the French love their rabbits. Cooked!), Pigeon (the French love their pigeons. Cooked too!), Seafood like squids, sea bream, tuna, etc. (the French pride on their seafood servings), Desserts (the French do their desserts really, really right and no person can deny to this) and Cheese (cheese and Champagne are the classic Reims assortments).
Hope this article helps boost your Reims plans and you do give the lovely city a shot.
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