Once you’ve finished touring the Champagne houses and vineyards, explore the rest that Champagne has to offer.
It’s not just the champagne that’s intoxicating. The Champagne region is also home to the majestic Cathedral de Reims, where most of the kings of France were crowned, including Charles VII (with a little help from Joan of Arc). For more modern significance, one hour’s drive to the east is Verdun, site of one of the most horrific battles of WWI and a sober reminder of the costs of war.
Quick tip: how to pronounce “Reims”
To an English speaker, it looks like it should be pronounced, “reams,“ as in “reams of paper.“ It’s really pronounced “Rance,“ rhyming with “France.“ In fact, just take the “F” off France ~ et voilà ~ you have the correct pronunciation.
So, yes ~ go to Champagne for the champagne (you deserve it!), but stay for the rest. And remember ~ once you’ve finished with the shopping, cathedral and battlefields, a good bottle of bubbly awaits.