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Last morning in Reims

Last morning in Reims

— It’s an overcast morning in Reims. We’ve had a lot of great weather this trip, so I can hardly complain. We’re all packed for the last leg of our car trip, a relatively short drive to Paris. Check-in time at our next hotel is 2 pm, so we’re not quite ready to leave our current one yet. There’s little to report from yesterday. We spent a bit of time in the city center, had a kebab sandwich for lunch, which was the best of the three we’ve had on this trip, and saw a beautiful medieval parish church.
France’s most courteous McDonald’s order-taker

France’s most courteous McDonald’s order-taker

— Kathryn and I visited a McDonald’s today for the first time this trip. The store was near an autoroute just outside of Reims, France. Our order-taker was willing to pose for a photo. She spoke nine languages, repeated our order correctly the first time, charged us the right amount, and gave us a receipt without being asked. I don’t know this for a fact, but I assume she’s willing to work more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay and has never demanded a “living” wage.
Clean laundry and an Asian buffet with frog’s legs in Reims

Clean laundry and an Asian buffet with frog’s legs in Reims

— We’re spending a second night in Reims, and we decided to have a bit of a day off from sightseeing. We’re getting some laundry done right now; we only have three nights left in Europe, so we should have no shortage of clean laundry for the rest of the trip. We plan to visit the city center again today, but at a more relaxed pace than recent days. Last night we decided we didn’t want to stray far from for the hotel for dinner, so we ended up at an Asian buffet which was a short walk away.
Vespers and Mass at the grand and imposing Cathedral in Reims

Vespers and Mass at the grand and imposing Cathedral in Reims

— We came to Reims for one reason: to see the cathedral. It’s difficult to overstate how impressive it is. As we approached the city on the autoroute, we could see the spires from miles away. On foot in the city center, it’s even more imposing. A glance at the cathedral parish website showed Wednesday is the only day of the week the cathedral chapter prays Vespers. Since we arrived on a Wednesday, we decided to time our visit accordingly, arriving about a half-hour early to get pictures of the outside and walk around the inside for a while.