The Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral has a very long history of damage, rebuilding and growth. Most recently it was shelled by Germans at the beginning of the First World War and the resulting fire damaged or destroyed important parts of the Cathedral. Reconstruction began in 1919 and continues today. Some of the stained glass is exceptional, I particularly liked the work by Chagall designed in 1974.
We headed for Epernay on Monday to visit Moet-Chandon but the wait was too much and Max was fed up of sitting in his baby chair. The local skate park is next to the cathedral in the town center. The tradition of lobbing shoes seems to be alive and well with the skaters of Champagne.
Champagne region, near Sainte-Gemme
A quick weekend away in Champagne didn’t yield much in the way of photos, mostly because I was driving on winding roads in rain and heavy fog. I had to stop in this lost bit of forest because it struck me as beautiful, silent and freezing.