Day 8: Reims, Luxembourg – Europe 2012

Paris is history!  Today wasn’t as busy as the last two days; we drove from Paris to Reims, France, where we took a tour of their Champagne country.

Reims (play/ˈrmz/; also spelt Rheims; French: [ʁɛ̃s]), a city in the Champagne-Ardenneregion of France, lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris. Founded by the Gauls, it became a major city during the period of the Roman Empire.

Reims played a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France. The Cathedral of Reims (damaged by the Germans during the First World War but restored since) played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey has in the United Kingdom. It housed the Holy Ampulla (Sainte Ampoule) containing the Saint Chrême (chrism), allegedly brought by a white dove (the Holy Spirit) at the baptism of Clovis in 496. It was used for the anointing, the most important part of the coronation of French kings. – Wikipedia

They are also well known for the creation of the sparkling wine, rightly named “Champagne,” after their province.

The name Champagne comes from the Latincampania and referred to the similarities between the rolling hills of the province and the Italian countryside of Campania located south of Rome.

In the High Middle Ages, the province was famous for the Champagne Fairs.


From Reims, we drove the rest of the day to Luxembourg – the country bordered by France, Germany and Belgium – where we toured many of their Roman Catholic churches.  It is also our last stop before returning to Germany to transfer back to Canada.

One will notice that much of their land is below sea level.  One would find houses under bridges where typically there would be a running river.  If you’re interested in visiting Luxembourg, prepare to do a lot of climbing!

Tomorrow, we will spend the rest of the day in Luxembourg visiting some more of their national monuments.  Luxembourg is very much a multicultural country as they speak German, French, and “Luxembourgish.”  We’ll also be packing up as we prepare to journey back to Canada on Monday.

Europe has so much to offer tourists, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s up for an adventure.  I am also ready to go home and fall back into my regular routine!  I hate to admit it, but I’m starting to miss work!  We’ll see what tomorrow has in store, but for now, bon soir!

About Winston Sih

Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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