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Sunday, November 17, 2013


This week's photo excursion took us to Reims, the capital of the Champagne region of France about 100 miles east of Paris. The city of Reims was heavily damaged during the war of 1914-1918 and doesn't have quite the charm of some of France's older towns. However, it is home to Notre-Dame de Reims - one of the loveliest gothic cathedrals in the country. Rebuilt in the 12th century, it bears a resemblance to Notre-Dame in Paris. The cathedral is best known as the site of the coronation of 30 French kings between 1027 and 1825.

Notre-Dame de Reims was bombed during WWI and lost its roof and many of its stained glass windows. It was rebuilt following the war - largely financed by John D. Rockefeller.

The "smiling angel" adorns one of the main portals

Many of the cathedral's original statues and treasures have been removed to the nearby Palais de Tau.

No visit to Champagne would be complete without a tour of the vineyards in the surrounding countryside.

We didn't do any tasting, but we did pick up couple of boxes of champagne from a producer that we know in Ambonnay. Yumm.

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