it all started with a great breakfast at Pain & Cie Reims and continued with a wonderful walk around the city.
Reims is situated in the champagne area and is the house of 3 exceptional UNESCO World Heritage sites. So we started our tour around the city. First stop was for a tiny bit of street art :)
followed by reaching the first World Heritage site the 1275 finished Notre Dame Cathedral, which was the place where the French king were crowned. At the moment (may 2016) the center part of the cathedral is under construction, but you can still admire the lovely design of the cathedral.
One of the nicest parts of the cathedral is the exceptional stained-glass windows which mix styles from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. In 1974, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) created, with the collaboration of the Jacques Simon Workshop, three stained glass windows for the axial chapel of the Cathedral. [...] The central window evokes the history of Abraham and the last moments of the Earthly life of Christ (the Passion and the Resurrection), that is, the foundations of the Old and New Testaments: the sacrifice of Abraham heralding that of Christ.â(Source)
next to the cathedral on the right hand side you can find the other Unesco Heritage, Palace of Tou which is the Residence of the bishops and then the archbishops of Reims. It was closed when we were there so we did not enter.
Cute chairs at the tourist office :)
In the opposite direction the the basilica we found an solar clock. It's very interesting to see how it works.
going further to towards the Saint-Remi Basilica we stopped for a nap in the yard of the Basilica under the blossoming cherry treas
This Romanesque-Gothic abbey church has been built in the 11th century in order to house the holy ampulla and the relics of Saint Remi, the bishop who baptized Clovis in 498. (Source)
and a particular thing we spotted around the city is the fact that the asphalt has some sparkling elements inside (maybe from broken mirrors)
we had dinner at the brasserie right next to the cathedral and at nightfall we had a nice surprise. Light and show REVE DE COULEURS at nightfall from 1 May. Check online for more details.
and our road from Reims to our next stop looked a little bit like this! :)