July 16, 2012
Day 5 began cloudy. We got up early and headed to the tourist office where we waited for our guide, Serge. He would train one young man, and we’d be accompanied by two sisters visiting from Canada–making our party six.
It was a two hour drive to Reims. The clouds finally parted as we entered the champagne region of France. First stop was Notre-Dame de Reims, built in the 13th century.
Serge explained that because books weren’t widespread, through statues stories were told on the cathedral walls to scare the people into obeying the church.
In one such story, a bishop gets beheaded.
Serge also explained that kings were crowned here, not in Notre-Dame de Paris.
Statue of Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc), “Maid of Orléans”.
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