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Hopping on a train to a new destination is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday. There’s something so peaceful about staring out the window, plugged into your favorite music, and watching as you leave behind the city limits. As much as I love Paris, I was looking forward to escaping the loudness of the city for a day.

I spent my Saturday in Reims, France, also the unofficial capital of champagne for those of you who didn’t know. The city is known for its stunning gothic-style cathedral, where French kings were crowned for more than a thousand years. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims reminds a lot of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, except for the modern stained glass windows. (Yes, those exist and they’re really cool.) We were fortunate enough to be on a guided tour of the cathedral while an actual mass was going on and had the opportunity to listen to the voices of the chorus echo throughout the entire cathedral. Needless to say, it really spiced up the tour for me.

For lunch we went to Brasserie du Boulingrin where I had the most delicious Tarte Tatin. The Tarte Tatin is like an upside-down apple pie, only better. It is best served cold and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, as shown below.

To walk off the post-lunch food babies we had, my friends and I took a stroll through the city. Reims has a certain quietness and charm to it, and there were little details to photograph everywhere I looked. It was incredibly cold and my hands were almost numb when I was shooting, but I was so happy to be walking through a new city with good company.

Unlike Paris, Reims is clearly in the midst of its fall season. One, it’s incredibly cold. and two, the foliage was beautiful (though not as beautiful as it is in New England). It adorned the already charming city in varying shades of orange and yellow.

My Saturday in Reims ended at a cellar tour and champagne tasting at the champagne house Champagne Pommery. It was really interesting to see where all the champagne bottles are kept (in a literal cave at fifty degrees). Some of the bottles they have on display are still around from WWII. I also enjoyed hearing about the role women had in the creation of modern-day champagne. Of course, the tour ended by a tasting of their famous champagne.

There are no photos of the champagne I had because my instagram and snapchat stories feature enough of those already. I’ve realized that I spend a lot of time sipping champagne in France but c’est la vie. 

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