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Are you ready to venture outside of Paris and enjoy some Champagne at the source? How about taking a day trip to Reims from Paris?
Reims, /riːmz/ is one of the trickiest words for English speakers to say in French. in this episode you will hear it pronounced correctly many time by Annie. It's not as hard as it looks, just repeat after her and don't think about the spelling too much!
Hotel we recommend in Reims: Hôtel Continental Reims
What Champagne House Should You Visit?
Reims has many claims to fame, and Champagne is the first one most of us think about first today. This is where Dom Pérignon invented the method that is still used to make champagne today. When you go to Reims you must visit at least one of the Champagne houses, learn about the history of bubbly and enjoy some! In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of various Champagne Houses visits you can take so you can choose the right one for you.
Reims Cathedral, Where Most French Kings Were Crowned
Reims is also the place where French Kings were crowned for a 1000 years starting with Louis le Pieux in 816 up until Charles X in 1825. Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral is where Clovis was baptized, essentially making France a predominantly Catholic country. We don't linger too long on the Cathedral in the episode, but it is definitely an attraction you should visit.
Easiest Day Trip from Paris
And you know what the wonderful thing is? Taking a day trip to Reims from Paris is probably the easiest day trip out of Paris we have discussed on this show. There are right ways and wrong way to do this. We definitely recommend you take the Direct TGV train that will take you from Paris Gare de l'Est around 9:30 AM. You will arrive in Reims a mere 45 minutes later around 10:15 AM.
That will give you plenty of time to follow Elyse's suggestions for a perfect day trip to Reims from Paris!