John spent last weekend in picturesque Reims, France – the capital of the Champagne-growing region. It’s a beautiful town that is well worth a visit, and just two hours drive from Ramstein.
- Champagne is actually is 330 villages that make up the region.
- The Champagne route is a road that takes you through some of the villages. All are very pretty and it’s a great little road trip.
- Dom Pérignon is the name of the monk that first pioneered the technique of blending and fermenting grapes to make Champagne. It’s now the name of the vintage brand of Champagne by the house Moët & Chandon.
- He ate at a restaurant that was rated #1 on trip advisor – L’Ambic. Two four-course meals and a bottle of champagne was just 104 euro! And it was terrific.
- Food in Reims is generally great value. There are bakeries and butchers every where.
- The Cathedral was where all the coronations took place arrive to Reims a prince and leave as a king.
- Joan of Arc is from Reims.
- Tours of the bigger (more famous) Champagne houses are worth booking in advance. But the smaller, independent houses offer some really interesting tours and insights.