Although it’s got a fabulous cathedral it’s the church of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux that is unmissable. North from Chalons on the E17 is Reims. The city is unmistakably thought of in terms of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame where, for centuries, the kings of France were crowned. Also of note is the Saint Remi Basilica where many monarchs were buried. The archiepiscopal palace, the Palace of Tau, reopened in 1972 to display the riches of the cathedral.
West on the E50 is Meaux and Paris. Meaux is a very pretty town which suffered greatly in the Siege of Meaux in the 15th century. The damage sustained was repaired and the town today is a delightful blend of sensitively designed modern and old.
East on the E50 is Metz. Whilst known for its past, Metz today is designated a centre for culture and has world class concert venues as well as opera houses and theatres. People come from all over the Lorraine region to see the world’s top performers there.