F R A N C E
12th of March 2005
We took our car across to France through the Channel Tunnel, operated by Eurotunnel. You can't drive through the tunnel (ventilation and breakdowns), but take your car onto a train which takes several hundred vehicles through at a time.
Laon is an ancient walled city built on a rocky outcrop in eastern France. The modern town sprawls round the foot of the rock. Given its history and locati8on, we found it amazing that there were virtually no visitors and negligible tourist infrastructure.
We stayed at the Hotel Mercure in the centre of Reims. This was the third hotel we tried, the others having been full. It is a good standard and within easy walking distance of the City centre.
13 March 2005
The magnificent Gothic cathedral in Reims stands on a site where a cathedral has stood since the fifth century. It is dedicated to Notre Dame (the Virgin Mary). The present cathedral was started in 1211 and took over 100 years to build.
ON OUR WAY TO LUXEMBOURG