Travels with 2k – Part 4 Paris to Reims
Riding Rail Europe to Reims, the home of Champagne production made me excited beyond description. From the time I began studying wine in the mid-90’s, I daydreamed about visiting this historic region that garners respect from those who revere the bubbles in a glass many hold dear. The train ride from Paris to Reims is only 45 minutes, long enough to develop an appreciation for the beautiful, French countryside. Crossing the countryside, seated in a smooth moving, clean, and efficient Eurotrain allowed me to exhale. However, along with the deep breath I remembered a sweater was not the only thing I forgot to buffer the September chill. I also left behind my two favorite French wine region books.
The view from inside a taxi en route from the train station into the town of Reims to our Bed and Breakfast, Les Telliers is stunning. The tree lined streets and preserved buildings, some dating back to the 13th century ooze history.
Streets off boulevards are narrow and character rich. Each building reflects its own personality. The blending of old and new, tradition integrated with the present creates an environment unlike the U. S. Reims is not inundated with chunks of franchises, the same stores everywhere you look. While riding in the taxi, I’m eager to walk around Reims to explore the shops and restaurants calling my name.