Discover La Marne in Champagne, France
Located 1 ½ hours from Paris and 2 ½ hours from Brussels, the history of La Marne (part of the Champagne Region) often reflects the history of France itself. The vast horizons of Champagne have throughout history served as passage ways and meeting places, the settings for wars and invasions, some of which devastated it on several occasions. This region testifies to the cultural heritage of France through the centuries it spent as a backdrop for historic events. It is rich in cathedrals, abbeys, Romanesque churches, fortifications and museums.
Since the beginning of time, the Marne has witnessed the history of France unfold. Known for its sloping vineyards and deep forests, it reveals through its landscapes the history and the life of the men and women who lived here centuries ago.
The plains and corn fields around Châlons-en-Champagne surround an oasis of greenery and water. Around Dormans,, the Valley of the Marne undulates in blue and gold. Prestige and tradition surround Epernay, a city that often inspires wonder. Fismes is known for the Romanesque Churches of Tardenois and their signature squat silhouettes. Visitors to the area around Lake Der-chantecoq, will notice that the shores and the wood-timbered houses and churches attract both migratory birds and people looking to for a calming nature walk. The sacred city of Reims is known for its architecture, the elements of which have been around for centuries. Sézanne is a romantic medieval city known for its castles and its pastoral setting. Sainte-Ménehould, the Country of Argonne, is marked by history, including World War I. Around Vitry-le-François, the villages have a way of life that is traditional while at the same time quite unique.
The very earth in Champagne is almost magical for it produces what is heralded as the most fascinating French export – champagne. The richness of the soil is multi-faceted and a visit to this region encourages visitors to discover the history of champagne – how the vines are grown, how the wine is produced, the people who tend the vineyards, the traditions that have sprung up in the villages surrounding the vineyards.
There is more to Champagne than the vineyards and the cities. The surrounding areas have a rich heritage all their own. The Argonne Forests, the Natural Reserve of the Mountain of Rheims, the Champagne plains and the DER lake are just a few of the great natural sights which inspire contentment and relaxation, inviting visitors to take a walk and discover nature.
For more information on all that La Marne has to offer, please visit www.tourisme-en-champagne
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