Five reasons to live in Reims, Champagne; Elsa Court; Financial Times

France – Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims

Nibble pink biscuits under the gaze of the Smiling Angel while shopping for a château.

The obvious reason to live here is in the name. If you are thinking about moving to the world’s sparkling-wine mecca, world heritage and sweet treats await.

Walk in the footsteps of French kings and Joan of Arc

Reims, the capital of Champagne, is also known as the City of Coronations. Thirty-three French kings, from the middle ages to the Bourbon restoration (1814-1830), have been crowned in the city’s cathedral. The crowning of Charles VII in 1429 by Joan of Arc is celebrated every spring for two days throughout the city, and the square in front of the cathedral hosts festivities and a medieval marketplace.

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