Let me make this suggestion: Skip the massive tourist line up to see Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (we did) and rent a car/hop on bus and head to Reims to see the Notre Dame Cathedral there. Not only is it a a Gothic masterpiece, there is no line up and you are guaranteed to be mesmerized 'sans tourists'. Visit both evening/night and day, if time allows. Okay, I realize this is not feasible for a few day stopover in Gay Paris, but if time allows drop by Reims to see their cathedral. It will blow your mind.
|Look at this detail!|
|And check out these goofy tourists!!!!!!! They admiring the cathedral. No crowds.|
Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims has been under near continuous restoration with private donations including John D. Rockefeller who funded a major restoration after the cathedral was severely damaged in World War 1 (The Great War). It is a never ending battle dealing with the elements of pollution, rain and time.
|Reims Notre Dame Cathedral in the morning.|
What does one do after admiring a famous Gothic cathedral? Drink wine! And what could be better than world famous Champagne? Personally, I have drank my share of Bubbles but never really sampled "The Great Bubbles". We visited the Champagne G.H. Martel for a tour of their champagne caves. A rather small but pleasantly intimate tour followed by champagne tasting certainly led to a purchase.....a box of champagne.
Here, Greg looks in his element....kind of like carrying a box of beer. He gave his bottles away as gifts but I drank mine (I'm selfish).
|Martel Champagne caves.|
|Driving through champagne country, Liz looks so happy here....I think she has already dipped into the box of champagne.|
|And then they become fermented grapes called Champagne.|
A wonderful way to end our countryside tour because we are off to the Paris!!!!