A Perfect Day Trip to Reims from Paris, Episode 13

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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, /rmz/ 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!

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!

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Champagne Area, Day-Trips from Paris

How about venturing out of Paris to go drink some champagne at the source? You could also see  one of the most fantastic Cathedrals you'll ever experience in France: Notre Dame de Reims where French Kings were crowned. Do it all in one day on the TGV bullet train. Ready for the ride? Listen to this episode and make your plans!

12 Replies to “A Perfect Day Trip to Reims from Paris, Episode 13”

  1. I love your podcast! I listen everyday when I walk. My husband and I are going to France for a month in September. The two of you are making the anticipation of our trip a real treat. I “liked” you on Facebook just now and I wrote about you on the tripadvisor France forum. Keep doing what you do. Very entertaining and educational!

    1. Bonjour and welcome to Join Us in France! I am glad you are finding the podcast enjoyable and helpful, and thank you for sharing it wherever it makes sense. Have a wonderful time in France in September, that’s one of the best times to come as the weather is still great and many tourists have gone home. May I ask you how you found the podcast?

  2. Bonjour Annie & Elyse! You asked about a phone app for your programs. I use an iPhone and there already is a Podcast app available at the App store that I use where I can access all your podcasts. It makes it very simple to connect to the most recent additions (I usually listen when I am on the treadmill!) I don’t know about Android or other phones, though.

    I’m trying to spread the word as well thru trip advisor, cruise critic, Facebook and twitter. Love listening to your podcasts!!

  3. I would like to have an iPhone app.

    I listen on my iPhone or on my computer. I don’t use a podcast streamer, but save the files or the email notices. I would also like a text copy of the programs so I can listen without taking notes… Thanks for all the good information and your entertaining and informative presentations.

    Where can I find the information about the trips you offer. Can’t find the episode with the information. Gratefully. Emily

    1. Hello Emily, and thank you for your feedback on the iPhone App. You can find detailed show notes for most episodes. For instance, the one about Reims and Epernay is episode 13, so you’d go to joinusinfrance.com/13 and voilà! show notes and pictures. Thank you also for the reminder about tours. Elyse has been so busy, she hasn’t had the time to plan next year. We’ll get back to you soon on that. Happy vacation planning!

  4. Hi Annie,
    Are there show notes for episode 13? No matter which combination I try it always says Page not Found or similar. I am able to access most other episode’s notes.
    Love the show,
    Arinda

      1. Well, Annie, now I can access ep 13, but I still don’t see any show notes…only the introduction and listeners’ posts. Did you post any for this episode?

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