We recently returned from a Champagne-tasting weekend booked with Grape Escapes where you abseil into the wine cellars. It was brilliant fun - and a different twist to the usual vineyard tours. We got to learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword too. Good value and good fun!
You CAN get great champagne in France at a great price. I hate to share this, but visit Rochet-Bocart in the village of Vaudemage. The Rose is fresh and tasty, the Vintage is variable, but the ordinary stuff is just great for parties and weddings. The grower doesn't speak a word of English but it doesn't matter and adds to the fun of tasting the wine in his own front porch. Great fun at a great price.
In the centre of the village of Vaudemange, near Reims
Whether you blast down the A26 from Calais to Reims in approximately two and half hours, or take the scenic route, you should stop by the old pits on the Circuit de Gueux, just outside of Reims and once home to the French Grand prix.
These buildings rise out of the ground in testament to past glories, the pits and grandstand are in various stages of being restored and it’s easy to imagine the roar of the crowd and engines as the cars raced through.
It is possible, if a little precarious to venture into the stands, but be sure to pick up a leaflet for the friends of the circuit and help them restore this piece of racing history.
This modern and safe hostel has all the accreditations from the French youth hostel association. The rooms are clean and adequate with comfortable beds. The staff are exceptionally helpful, kind and informative. There is a self-service restaurant with breakfast included, and there is internet and a laundry service. Game, TV and recreation rooms allow you to meet loads of people.
10 min walk from the cathedral.
20 min walk from Reims train station
Take buses B,N,H or K and ask for the 'Comedie' stop if you don't want to walk.
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