Oenopass Champagne

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Août 312012

I’ve been advised this touristic pass for Champagne area. It looks like it is a good deal as for this first year of existence they propose a 50% cut on price.

You may choose 5 or 10 activities along Champagne route. There is no choice on activities but they ll add so more next year.

For example with the 5 visits pass you will discover:

Pommery’s villa Demoiselle (former owner’s private estate)

Champagne Drapier and De Castellane cellars

Champagne Bonnaire, a local maker

A crystal fabric and museum: Cristallerie royale de Champagne

All this for 25 Euro only.

Details on the 5 and 10 visits pass : Buy oenopass Champagne

Please consider book a room in our B&B in Reims to get more tips and warm welcome.

Light show on Notre Dame Cathedral in 2012

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Mar 122012

The light show created for the 800th aniversary of Notre dame Cathedral in Reims will be displayed again this year from June to September.

This impressive show has attracted up to 10000 persons per night in 2011.

The Cathedral is litteraly painted again like it may have been centuries ago. It is very impressive to have this 87m high monument shining at night.

Here are some photos I have taken last year:

Enjoy a stay in our charming B&B in Reims town centre.

Spot the difference !

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Fév 212012

I’ve just found some old photos from the house, before we moved in.

Heres is one of them, to be compared with one made this year.



A nice find: ‘Au bon manger’

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Nov 022011

A nice place to enjoy France and its gastronmy. ‘Au bon manger’ is a grocer of fine aliments, you ll find there only the best meat, cheese or wines.

Decoration and stalls recall good old times. They basically are a fine grocery but they are able to serve you a full plate for around 20 Euro and recommend a nice wine or Champagne that perfectly fits your meal.

Smoked salmon, foie gras, French and Italian cheeses, olive and anchovies specialties, meat or fish terrines, sausages, smoked ham ….

Au bon manger

Au bon manger

They post sometimes on their blog: Au bon manger

Why not try and  enjoy a cheese plate with a cup of  Champagne !


L’Epicerie Au Bon Manger

7 Rue Courmeaux, 51100

Reims +33 326 03 45 29 ‎

Light show must go on …

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Oct 272011

Reims city has decided extend the period while the light show on the Cathedral will be displayed. This show was highly appreciated as there have been up to 12000 persons watching it same time and even on rainy days it had more than 500 persons.

It is one of these events that is memorable and is a great ambassador of Reims city all over the world. Imagine a live show displayed on a 87 m high Cathedral front, literally painting it again like it may have been in the past.

It ll be shown again at nightfall during Reims Christmas market: from November 25th until December 31st.


If you like know more about the author of this light show: Skertzò or Reims Cathedral

– In November : 25, 26 et 27 at 18h00

– In december :

2, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 et 31 at 18h00

On 3rd and 4th the show will happen at 19h30

On December 24th it will be displayed at 17h00 and 22h00

The show lasts 25 min and is followed by a static image for 5 minutes.


Book ‘Les Telliers’ B&B in Reims centre


Christmas market in Reims

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Oct 272011

Reims christmas market will start again on November 25th, please check these websites to discover all events related to Reims Christmas market in 2011

Noels de Champagne : A way of cribs will cross the vineyards. About 40 towns and villages invite you to discover many cribs of different sizes and origins, through greedy exhibitions. Choirs, orchestras, Christmas markets and villages, typical animations will paved this happy and magic way.

Féeries de Champagne in Epernay are particularly appreciated, please check Epernay tourist office for more information (not updated yet)

In Reims the Christmas market is very appreciated, it is composed of more than 150 stalls, an ice ring, and has many events from last week of November until New Year’s Eve.

A snowy day on Reims Christmas market

See details in these websites:

animation and trading association website

Reims destination Noel (not updated for 2011 yet)

Reims tourist office Reims is a destination for Christmas with a host of festive and cultural events from late November to late January: Christmas village, various exhibitions, concerts, illuminations.


Reims Notre Dame Cathedral



A tour along Champagne route between Reims and Epernay…

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Oct 212011

Whether you have a car or not it is recommended to spent at least half a day exploring regional park and drive along Champagne route.

There are many hidden places,old villages surrounded by vineyards, curiosities or historic places. And most of all you may stop and visit one of the 5000 family Champagne producer working in the Champagne area.


Here are some map extracts:

Please check Champagne Ardennes region website to get more information about Champagne route and its touristic sites.

They have recently added audio podcasts that illustrate many places on Champagne route (available in French English or German) so you may prepare an audio guide tour on Champagne route …


If you don’t travel by car then you may visit Reims vicinity with a private company:

They propose Champagne tours starting either from Reims or Epernay, they may pick you at the B&B.

The tour lasts between 3 and 4 hours and ends in local Champagne producer cellar with a tasting.

You will share a 6 to 8 van with other tourist or wine amateurs (it may be also a private tour on demand), all these tours are in French or English. (the persons we have met were fluent in English)

All the guests we have sent on these tours were really pleased and even some said it was their best part of their trip France ! They especially appreciated the visit to a local producer, which is a very different experience from the visit proposed by the major Champagne brands. These visits have a human dimension, you ll meet a wine maker with rough hands and painful back instead of an elegant hostess.


Cris events (Reims or Epernay, 40 Euro en 2011 for 4 hours, also proposing bike tours)

La vigne du Roy (Reims, 35 Euro in 2011 for 3 hours)

Champagne Domi Moreau (Epernay, we just know the website and have’nt been in contact with them)


Here is a photo selection a of places around Reims that you may discover on the Champagne route :

Light and music show on Reims Cathedral

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Août 052011

Until October A light and music show is displayed on Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims.

This show, called ‘Rêve de couleurs’,  is part of commemorations of the 800 anniversary of the Cathedral

It is a ‘must see’ in Reims at the moment don’t miss it at all costs if you visit Reims city.

son et lumiere cathedrale reims



This is not a basic light show it is an Art work, light is sent on Cathedral front and is painting again the Cathedral, like it may have been in the past (they have found remains of paint pigments inside and outside the Cathedral)

It gives a lively 3D impression as this show is displayed on statues and arches of Notre Dame and not on a flat screen.

In 2011 and during 800 anniversary of the Cathedral we have a unique occasion to see the front without scafoldings.

The show lasts 25 min and happens at night, see timetable and details here: link


Duration: 25 min twice at nightfall. From 6 May to 23 October 2011.
May: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 pm.
June: Thursday through Sunday at 11 pm.
July: Tuesday through Sunday at 11 pm.
August: Tuesday through Sunday at 10 pm.
September: Thursday through Sunday at 9 pm.
October: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 pm.


Events calendar for Reims

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Août 052011

On the French version of Reims tourist office website you’ll find events calendar for the following months.

The English part of the website doesn’t show these documents just recall the main events in Reims city (which are many)

Once you have downloaded these documents you ‘ll have to have notions of French or use internet tools to translate them.


Here is a link to the calendar events section: link


August 2011 events calendar for Reims

September 2011 events calendar for Reims

These versions have been downloaded early in August but may have been updated meantime. Please get them from the tourist office in Reims. December 2011 is published so you may already check events related to Christmas market events and animations in Reims.




Ruinart cellar tour in Reims

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Août 052011

I recently made Ruinart Champagne cellar tour in Reims and really loved it.

The building above the ground is interesting but the cellars are even more attractive.

Ruinart cellars are based on Roman chalk pits which are about 70 meter deep.

Dom Ruinart bought these chalk mines in the 18th century and since then Ruinart is storing Champagne bottles in tunnels connecting these chalk excavations. .

They store millions bottles in there (they are very secretive about quantities).

The person in charge of our tour did a nice job, recalling history of the brand and giving notions of elaboration of Champagne.

But that is not the main interest of this Champagne tour, what we really appreciated was that we experienced a memorable instant during the tasting.

Not only because of the Champagne quality: we were served R de Ruinart 94 and Ruinart rosé 95

We simply spent a nice moment around Champagne, siping Champagne and chatting.

It was a memorable hour, an instant Champagne, an instant Ruinart.

That’s just what Champagne is made for: nice memorable moments !!!


Booking Ruinart cellar tour (like all Champagne cellars tours) takes very long time by mail. They must receive many mails a day so we recommend to give them a call instead and then confirm the booking made (by credit card number)

The price of the tour is 26 Euro in 2011 but is really worth it. For 4 Euro extra you will be able to taste a second wine.

If you have a booking  at ‘Les Telliers’ guest house , we may also help book the tour for you.

Just keep in mind that you ‘ll need to schedule it weeks in advance as it very appreciated.

Ruinart website