Monday, 27 October 2008

Champagne in Champagne!

Jessica and I left Corporate Finance early at 11:40AM to catch 0ur train to Reims at 1:57PM. There, we would experience having champagne in Champagne! Thankfully, our friend Borja was able to take our books back for us!

We JUST caught the connection train to Massy Palaiseau and raced around the train station trying to find where Jess could print her ticket! Just in time, we were able to grab her ticket at 1:45PM.
What most of my European train adventures consisted of!

Contrary to popular belief, Champagne is not a city, but rather an entire region. The similarities of the rolling hillside of the region resemble the Italian countryside of Campania and thus, the region was dubbed Champagne (from the Latin term Camapania).

Surprisingly , Reims was quite a great town to visit. The map that was provided was quite easy to utilize as it listed all the major attractions in the small college town. Our first stop: buy some champagne in Champagne!

Our first stop: Comtesse du Barry for some champagne!

We found another Notre Dame - I actually liked the outside of this one more than the one in Paris! The cathedral was completed by the end of the 13th century and remains the seat of the Archbishop of Reims.

Notre-Dame de Reims a.k.a. Our Lady of Rhiems


Unfortunately, being a Monday in France, many buildings are closed including small boutiques to Monoprix to goverment buildings. Thus, the cryptology and Palais du Tau were closed. Hence, it gives me a reason to return to the region of Champagne one day!

Crypt of the Basilica

Back of Notre Dame!

Jess and I then rode on the merry-go-round! It was about 3euros for literally five minutes. Rip off, but still so much fun!

On the merry-go-round!

Interestingly, as each H&M store has its own style of clothing, the H&M in Reims was fantastic as it targeted the hip college-aged population. As dinner didn't start until 7PM (again, small town France), we walked around a bit and ate at Beuff ou Salade. We also practiced our "Franglais" the whole time. Yay for champagne in Champagne!

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