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Champagne Itinerary

Day 7

Friday. Reims to lac de L'Ailette.

Today, we'll visit another UNESCO site in Reims, the Basilica of St Remi.
 
The origins of this Abbey and Basilica explain the importance of Reims to French history. It was here that Saint Remi, then the Bishop of Reims, converted Clovis, King of the Franks, to Christianity.  Clovis later became the first King of what became France. At his baptism, a dove allegedly flew down bearing a vial of holy oil in its beak. This holy oil was used in the crowning ceremonies of French Kings & Queens for the following 1,300 years.
 
After our visit, we leave Reims along the Canal de l'Aisne a la Marne until we join a delightful bike route that takes us through the Champagne villages of Merfy, Chenay and Trigny. We start to cycle through World War 1 sites again as we pass through Ventelay and climb out of the Aisne valley, stopping off at the memorials and cemetery at Cerny-en-Laonnais before our final descent to the Lac de L'Aillette.

Distance = 45 Km / 27 miles.

 

Click this link for Day 7 route map on mapometer.

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