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IMG_1020 * Only about 1 hour out of Paris we enter the vineyards of Chamagne country...
IMG_1013 * past a WWI memorial...
IMG_1014 * and an old chateau...
IMG_1017 * to our first stop at a champage cellar.
IMG_1018 * After a short tour of the fermenters...
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IMG_1022 * and past more vineyards...
IMG_1012 * located above a small village...
IMG_1023 * we arrive at our next stop, the cathedral of Reims.
IMG_8623 * Why are they digging up the plaza of the church?
IMG_8600 * Discovery of a medival site and what appears to be an old cemetary.
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IMG_8602 * Entering the cathedral...
IMG_8606r * we find the stained glass designed by Marc Chagall to replace those lost during the war.
CRW_8609 * This panel depicts Joan of Arc accompaning King Charles IIV for his coronated here in 1226.  From 1027 until the Reveloution most of the French kings were crowned in the cathedral of Reims...
CRW_8613 * under the light of the great...
CRW_8616 * rose window.  This was also the site of the surrender of Germany after WWII in 1945.
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IMG_1056 * Reims is famous for its champagne caves located below the offices of Taittinger...
IMG_1050 * about 100 feet below!
IMG_1027 * Bottles being aged...
IMG_1044 * are everywhere... nearly 20,000 in these caves...
IMG_1047 * which were carved from chalk in Roman times...
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