Travel: Reims

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Well, when in Reims, drink lots of champagne. Apart from the vineyard visits and eating lots, the central feature in this beautiful town is the Reims cathedral where coronation of all the French kings used to take place from the 9th century. You’re instantly humbled by the towering ceilings that feels higher than most of the cathedrals I’ve been to across France, it survived a shelling from the Germans during the first World War and was originally built on the site of Roman baths.

I wish we had a little more time to do more sight seeing, but the tight schedules of drinking (more) and buying champagne took priority this time round. More on where we stayed in the champagne area and other recommendations.  A list of the champagne house tours we did here.

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Interesting mix of architectural styles across the city. Above, we have the City Hall. We had lunch in a lovely old school brasserie called Au Boulangrin, simple and good with old school service where they still debone the fish at the table.

Our worst meal on this last trip was at a One Michelins star Le Millenaire,  it’s been a really really long time since I ate such bad overpriced food in a horrible ambience. In fact I have to dig deep into my poor student backpacking days. The interiors are cold and stark – wannabe Spanish cool and minimalist but the florescent lighting gave you the vibe of an operating theatre. Utensils and table setting were pseudo chic and the waiter, quel service! I ordered a la carte as I couldn’t stuff my face with another degustation. The meats were overcooked, the foie gras overcooked and I was giving a tsk when I said I will think about dessert later. I was chastised that I order the dessert now or I don’t get dessert at all. Certainly wasn’t expecting the unfriendly and brash service, so never again and if someone recommends this restaurant when you’re in Reims, please go with no expectations.

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