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Today we halted our Trappist pursuits and hit the road, driving 2 1/2 hours to Reims France, the heart of the Champagne region.
We couldn’t check into our Airbnb until later in the afternoon so we headed by foot to visit the amazing Reims Cathedral. This amazing Gothic cathedral has been here in some shape, fashion or form since 401, the new building having been erected in 1211. Many French coronations have taken place in this awe inspiring cathedral.
We then headed to visit our first champagne house, the iconic Veuve Cliquot. Unfortunately all the tours were sold out for the day but we were able to hang out at the house and have a glass of two of their premier champagnes, their Grand Dame and a special edition black, extra brut, extra old. They have this cool old airstream that they converted into a bar which made for a great photo op. Cost:???
Next we checked out the house of Pommery, the first house started by a woman in 1858 when she was 39 years old. She built this from the ground up and built one of the most famous champagne houses in the region. The Pommery factory is quite a sight to behold. Such a beautiful building. Cost:???
We finally checked into our Airbnb. The pictures online did not do it justice. It’s an adorable place on the fifth floor that’s charming, has lovely windows and overlooks the Cathedral. A perfect place to base ourselves while walking around Reims. It was worth the hike up five floors- this photo excludes the fifth staircase. Cost:???
We took a video to show the charm of this placehttp://twothriftytravelers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/img_1981.mov
We rested a bit after our long drive and had some snacks in the apartment since we hadn’t really eaten much yet. Cost:???
After sunset, we hit the town again to discover Reims at night, Stopping for chicken tapas and a couple glasses of really good champagne. We walked around for a couple hours – checking out everything all lit up and eventually shared a crêpe before heading back to the Airbnb. Cost:???
That’s another wrap. Tomorrow we head out to see some more champagne houses
If you missed days 1-4, here they are