Monday morning never ceases to surprise – I felt a little like Alice in Wonderland on my travels. I have lived in Reims for over two months yet aujourd’hui I came across new undiscovered (by me) joys. Kicked out of the flat early due to an expected visit from the insurance inspectors I had to make myself scarce for at least half an hour. Of course I was out for longer than this, despite the bitter cold wind we’re having at the moment. I came across a market running all the way up and along Rue de Chanzy, I wanted to wander about, sniff some cheese, find some interesting jewelry, be transported back to the past by an antique – alas, it was not meant to be. This was your usual tacky market fare – clothes fallen off the back of a truck in garish colours, trinkets and lipsticks wrapped in shiny plastic – not my cupán tae at all. So I kept on trucking down la rue, feeling a little like déja vu, seeing the same stalls encore et encore until I came across a little park. With the sun dipping in and out of the clouds it was a good spot to take a seat and devour my pain au chocolat from the boulangerie. The park was decked out in the requisite cherry blossoms of this time of year.
But what a lovely surprise, it wasn’t just a park, it was actually adjoined to the Basilique Saint-Remi de Reims (Abbey of Saint-Remi), and while it is no way as spectacular as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims, it possesses a certain charm. It is a historical monument and not exactly undiscovered but as I walked around the relatively quiet park snapping away with my camera I felt like I had stumbled upon King Tut’s tomb for the first time. Then two Americans walked through and I was no longer the great explorer lost in the wilds. Why is it always Americans? (I actually feel quite guilty for making the old European sigh of “Americans” as any American I’ve ever known has been nothing like the stereotype – I suppose that’s why the word “stereotype” has a negative connotation).
Here’s a few shots, it had really interesting angles which I don’t think I quite captured from the ground but I gave it a try from my minuscule height
Following this I wandered down to the real deal, which I have seen a hundred times already but it’s still beautiful – Reims Cathedral itself. I feel it’s an awful cliché to do a post on it but I got some great photos of it so that’s coming soon!
P.S. If you read all the way to the end (thank you!) you may think I am a dope for only visiting the Saint-Remi Abbaye after two months, but I like to find things step-by-step – it’s more interesting that way and hey, I’ve been busy!