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

 

 

Car rentals available in Reims

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Here are some of the car rental shops available in Reims centre

All the major brands are present in Reims

ADA, HERTZ, RENTACAR, AVIS, NATIONAL/CITER

Having a car in Reims centre is not essential as the bus and tramway network is rather efficient.

Reims streets in town centre are quite intricated and most of them are one way streets.

Parking may be a concern in the very town centre during the day though there are many platforms and underground car parks.

We higly recommend to have a map of Reims centre as the general scheme of one way street have been changed since the tramway works have started and most of the GPS won’t be updated before long.

Usually we recommend to our guests not to rent a car the first day they arrive in Reims as the very town centre may keep you busy for one full day. ( usually we recommend 3 to 5 half days of visits for Reims city only, then if you rent a car you may also spend one day along Champagne route)

 

Events in Reims in May 2011

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Here is the calendar of touristic events prepared by Reims tourist office for May 2011

2011 – Mai Calendrier des Manifestations

 

It exists only in French but you may use translation tools available on the web to translate it.

If you stay in our guest house you may mail us to get a more precise explanation on any event.

Here is a link to ‘book a bed room’ page: maison d’hôtes

Events calendar for Reims in April 2011

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Here is the calendar of touristic events prepared by Reims tourist office for this month

2011 -Avril Calendrier des Manifestations

 

It exists only in French but you may use translation tools available on the web to translate it.

If you stay in our guest house you may mail us to get a more precise explanation on any event.

Here is a link to ‘book a bed room’ page: maison d’hôtes

 

Organ Concerts in Saint Remi basilica in Reims

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Mar 312011
 

Saint Remi is not only an lovely Roman Church it is also a well know concert place in Reims

Here is the list of concerts scheduled in the Basilica in 2011:

Orgues saint remi reims

Saint Remi

April 3rd 18H Michaël Lonsdale

Le « Chemin de Croix » de Paul Claudel,
concert-lecture
Michaël Lonsdale & Odile Samoël (récitants),
Père Vincent-Marie (orgue),
Bernard Masson (baryton),
Eric Sanarens (percussion et hang).
6pm , free entrance (donations)

May 12th

« L’orgue raconté aux enfants »
Jeudi 12 MAI 2011
Séances à 10H00 & 14H00
SPECTACLE COMPLET

Free entrance (donations)

May 22nd

Cindy Castillo (Bruxelles)

Dimanche 22 Mai,
18 heures
37ème Dominicale d’orgue,
Cindy Castillo (Bruxelles)

Free entrance (donations)

September 4th

Pascal Marsault (Toulon)

18 heures
38ème Dominicale d’orgue
Pascal Marsault (Toulon)

Free entrance (donations)

September 18th

Olivier Vernet (Monaco)

18h
Journée du Patrimoine,
route des orgues,
Olivier Vernet (Monaco)

Free entrance (donations)

September 25th

Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris (direction : Lionel Sow)
Yves Castagnet (orgue).

18 heures
Musique Romantique Allemande (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rheinberger)
Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris (direction : Lionel Sow)
Yves Castagnet (orgue).
Entrée : 15€, tarif réduit 10€

October 9th

Pierre Farago (Paris)

18 heures
8ème centenaire de la fondation de la Cathédrale,
coproduction avec la Société des Amis de la Cathédrale de Reims
Création de l’œuvre pour orgue de Pierre FARAGO
sur l’hymne « A Solis Ortus Cardine », en hommage à Nicolas De Grigny
Récital d’Orgue par Pierre Farago (Paris)

Tariff: 15 €, reduced price: 10€

October 13th

Olivier Latry (Paris)

19 heures
8ème centenaire de la fondation de la Cathédrale,
coproduction avec la Société des Amis de la Cathédrale de Reims
Création de l’œuvre pour orgue de Vincent PAULET
sur l’hymne « Ave Maris Stella », en hommage à Nicolas De Grigny
Récital d’Orgue par Olivier Latry (Paris)

Tariff: 15 €, reduced price: 10€

 

 

NB: Don’t miss the light and music show which happen every Saturday at 9:30pm from June to October in Saint Remi.

Free entrance, a very appreciated show which has been displayed for years now and is still much appreciated.

 

Useful links:

Orgues de Saint Remi association

Wiki for Saint Remi basilica

Saint Remi parish

 

How to book a Champagne cellar tour in Reims

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Mar 242011
 

There are many Champagne brands represented in Reims.

Many of them have nice cellars to visit and delicate Champagne to taste.

All visits are paying guided tours. Price range is, as far as we know in 2011, from 10 to 26 Euro.

Visit may last from 30 minutes to more than one hour.

Most of them propose multiple tasting sometimes with an extra fee, but it is usually worth as you may taste old millesim or special ‘cuvée’

Booking is possible by mail but answers come very slowly. Phone call is usually easier especially if they request a credit card number.

It is highly recommended to book Champagne cellar tours in advance!

We sometimes help out our clients at the guest house when time is running short.

 

Full program of the 800 anniversary of Notre Dame cathedral in Reims

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Mar 072011
 

Here is at last the program of festivities proposed for this anniversary.

Programme 8th century French

There will be many historical reconstitutions like ‘Les fêtes Johaniques’  or exhibits related to history of Notre Dame.

Like every year, lights and music shows will be displayed on front of the Cathedral every week.

June and July will be very busy with the summer music festival ‘Les flaneries musicales de Reims’ , almost one concert (classical or jazz) per day during 6 weeks.

 

Most of the concerts are free or have nice price!

Booking when it is available is recommended.

See details here: Les flaneries musicales de Reims

My favourite moment is Concert and Pic Nic in ‘Parc de Champagne’, an open air jazz concert, familial and popular, everyone bring pic nic basket including Champagne bottle(s) !

Candle lights make a terrific ambiance during the jazzz concert.

 

If you need more informations on the Cathedral or events related to the 800th anniversary

please visit Les amis de la cathedrale de Reims

 

 

Gite, Guest House: what’s the difference ?

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Fév 102011
 

Many enquiries for the guest house are persons requesting a gite, not knowing well what this French word exactly consists in.

A gite is a self catering accomodation, it may be a flat, a house or a cottage. Usually this kind of holiday rental is self catering and only proposes services like cleaning and bed sheets. Most of the time in France it is a one week rental from Saturday to Saturday (sometimes it is possible to book for the week end only)

A Bed and Breakfast or Guest House is an overnight accomodation with breakfast provided.  Some B&B even propose meals in the evening like a boarding house, most of these are situated in tiny villages. In French a guest house is called ‘maison d’hôtes’ or by extension ‘chambre d’hôte’. If you look for an accomodation in Reims try to stay in a B&B rather than in a hotel so it will you give you a close look on the French way of life and French gastronomy. Reims is a lovely town in Art Deco style and has very welcoming homes.

As far as we know there is no gite in Reims town, most of gites are situated in the countryside. In 2011 we know only 4 other guest house apart from ‘Les Telliers’.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims 800th anniversary

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Jan 302011
 

Here is the initial version (subject to changes) of the program of celebrations for this anniversary, ‘Les amis de la Cathédrale’ website is in French and non translated:

800ème anniversaire de la cathédrale Notre Dame de Reims

L'ange au sourire de la cathédrale de Reims

L’ange au sourire

Here is a version of this program of celebrations translated automatically by a website:

800th anniversary of Notre Dame in Reims

Reims expects lots of visitors for such event, rather than stay in a hotel, book a room in our guest house !

Restaurants in Reims

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Jan 182011
 

As guest house owners we often recommend restaurants to our guests or are given restaurants suggestions by our clients.

Here is our short list of the moment of places that we like.

Things they have in common  are: price in the average for Reims, no Michelin stars or Gault Millau references but fine food for good value. They are all situated at foot distance from our B&B and by consequence in town centre.

Le café du Palais‘ , an old café stuffed of Antiques and oddities, tremendous ambiance, enjoy a glass of vine with local terrine as a snack in the afternoon. Full meals served at lunch time and some evenings.

Le Boulingrin‘ , a well known brasserie in Reims, typical Art Deco decoration, huge variety of meals, all the classics of the French gastronomy and also a nice seafood choice, merry ambiance

La table des Halles‘ , a cosy place, most of the courses are local specialities,we are fond of the ‘Ardenaise salad’ , nice price too !

Le Bocal‘ , a tiny restaurant inside the fish shop, dare to cross the inox stall and come inside. Buttery Bass or yummy creamy cooked oysters ! Champagne bottle are so cheap there, that added a bubbling touch to our meal.

Le V.O.‘ We love its decoration and ambiance, very nice Chef cuisine: modernity and tradition with touches of Asian style.

La table Anna‘  A reference in Reims, fine food for reasonable price. Nice and warm service and memorable courses.

There are plenty more restaurants that could be listed here, feel free to suggest us some more.