Reims is very nice. A cracking gothic cathedral, lots of champagne, some beautiful streets and squares and some interesting public art.
I spent a few hours hidden in a cinema watching the latest Star Wars in a gorgeous old building which boasted of a screen of 14m, and must have had a ceiling height of 20m, topped off in an old style wreaths-and-angels type carvings. The huge room had about 20 of us in there for the 17h30 showing, and boy, was the film terrible.
After that, I wandered a bit trying to find the big champagne houses to save myself time in the morning, took a few snaps, and then settled on Les 3 Brasseurs for some dinner. They had a special menu of 2 flammekueches (one savoury and one sweet) and I tried to drink my way through as many of their home brewed beers as possible.
I’d settled on a table just inside the brasserie because it was getting a bit cold to spend the night on the terrace, and I hadn’t been there an hour when the skies opened and it tipped it down. I had a very amusing half an hour watching totally unprepared thin young pretty French people run around and duck for cover, then a bit later watched the staff go outside to recover the wreckage from the tables. It really did rain pretty damn hard: ashtrays were full to brimming and even pint glasses were half full.
Wahey and so the French trip is underway..hows the tent? ;)I shall be following your progress, have you bumped into Lizzie Blott? I believe the champagne houses or Reims are one of her favourites….
Why does everything sound “nicer” in French? It just all sounds so lovely – you could be running around the French equivalent of Croydon for all I know :)Are you doing this in the huge Skoda tank, by the way?
And how is the tent standing up to “proper” weather then?Hope more sunshine by now (and that you remembered suncream!)
jon: Tent is fine, no sign of Mme Blott in Taittinger…rob: Everything does sound better in French — there’s a restaurant in Paris called La Fuite Au Gaz. Gas Leak Restaurant doesn’t really do it!mum: weather in France has been sun with occasional showers — nowhere near the heavy winds it got on Shell Island in Wales!And frequently plastering self in sun tanlotion, but still getting burnt whilst driving 😦