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Reims and the champagne region of France

Introduction

  • 1-2hrs by train NE from Paris (45min by fast TGV from the new Champagne-Ardenne TGV station, located 5km SW of the city), Reims, once the capital of France (4th to 9th centuries), is the major city of the Champagne region and one of France's most cosmopolitan tourist cities
  • Reims was the centre of Roman commerce in France during the Roman Empire, and then with the rise of Christianity, became the epicentre of the Frankish empire and Frankish christianity
  • most of its old buildings were destroyed in WWI and the city was extensively rebuilt in the 1920's in an Art Deco style
  • the Pass Reims (€9), available at the tourist office, gives you entry to a museum of your choice, an audioguide tour of the city, plus discounts on activities such as Champagne house visits.
  • pronunciation: the M is SILENT! pronounced more like (forvo.com audio) RAASE or “rance” without the N

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reims.txt · Last modified: 2017/06/09 14:13 by gary1