Viva la Reims!

So, the day finally came…Holidays!!

A trip to France, to follow the Loire – taste the wines, drink champagne and just generally stuff myself with as much food as is possible over the next seven days. Of course, I’m driving which means less drinking for me. I’m fine about it honest!

I promise I won’t bore with how amazing the Eurotunnel trip was, or share the tedious 2 1/2 hour journey to actually arrive in Reims, instead I’ll get straight on with it.

Reims is beautiful. It’s warm, it’s sunny and it’s just such a sweet little place to walk around. If you’re going further South like we’re doing Reims is a great place for a little overnight stop. With a street lined with bars and restaurants and an ever so pretty Cathedral you won’t get bored for the day. If you’re around a little longer I would definitely suggest popping over to an Office de Tourisme and picking up a free map. It shows you lots of little places you can go an see whether you’re just walking around or if you’ve got a car.

Meet Colbert a sculpture in Colbert Square. A great place for a picnic, and from what I saw a great place to simply shack-up. Put your lip smacker on everyone is kissing there. Hopefully Colbert approves.

 

Why hello there thoughtful looking man. I reckon this pensive looking sod is Colbert.
Why hello there thoughtful looking man. I reckon this pensive looking sod is Colbert.

A perfect place just along from a line of restaurants and bars is the Subé Fountain. With a golden angel sitting on top of this fountain/roundabout don’t get too distracted or you might just get a fright from a beeping Peugot. This little gem is a great spot to designate as a meeting place in case of people getting lost.

The Gold Angel on top of the Sube Fountain is, for a magpie like me a great place to meet if you get lost. Plus it's pretty.
The Gold Angel on top of the Sube Fountain is, for a magpie like me a great place to meet if you get lost. Plus it’s pretty.

Next up is my favourite place in Reims. Notre-Dame Cathedral. With some of the most beautiful stain glass windows it truly does show how amazing, and not to mention long-standing this place of worship is. A long running exhibit shows how during the Second World War, shelling meant almost the entire cathedral was smashed to the ground. However the structure remained – with black and white photographs showing the damage that the Notre-Dame Cathedral endured and how it was then rebuilt. Those who renewed it knew exactly what they were doing. The building is flawless and really shows off the Gothic architecture of it’s original 13th century build.

Meet Notre-Dame Cathedral. For the two years I've been to Reims it has been undergoing a clean. It looks amazing but mind the scaffolding.
Meet Notre-Dame Cathedral. For the two years I’ve been to Reims it has been undergoing a clean. It looks amazing but mind the scaffolding.
This gorgeous stain glass window in the Notre-Dame Cathedral
This gorgeous stain glass window in the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next little sausage I found was on the outside of the Cathedral. When I took his picture I didn’t realise he was famous for what I had originally called him as being the smiliest angel ever. Here to welcome you into the Notre-Dame is quite possibly the sweetest angel I have ever seen on a Cathedral, and quite possibly that is why the “Smiling Angel” is as famous as he is. You can buy pens with him on – now that is fame. So I leave you with him to brighten up your day.

Meet the Smiling Angel of Notre-Dame Cathedral. He's a cutie and you can buy a pen with him on.
Meet the Smiling Angel of Notre-Dame Cathedral. He’s a cutie and you can buy a pen with him on.
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