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Holidays in Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Marne is a department within the northeastern French region of Champagne-Ardenne and is home to most of the area's famous champagne houses, such as Moet and Chandon and Mercier. Along with the famous bubbles, the area is also home to the ancient cathedral in Reims, the historic town of Chalons-en-Champagne and two battlefields from World War I. There are a number of outdoor activities available in the region, particularly hiking and fishing.

Historic Marne

Reims Cathedral dates from the 13th century, replacing an older church on the same site that was destroyed by fire. There have been extensions to the church over time, and some of the impressive stained windows even date from the 20th century. The cathedral has an impressive history, being the coronation venue for many Kings of France through history. Chalons-en-Champagne, capital of the region, is home to a number of Romanesque churches and a town circus dating from 1899 which home to the French Centre National des Arts du Cirque. It is possible to visit the battlefields of the two World War I battles of the Marne, one in 1914 and the second in 1918 and the memorial to those who fell on a hillside overlooking the river.

Home of Champagne

The town of Epernay, one of the most important towns in the history of the famous drink, is home to a number of celebrated champagne producers. Walk down the Avenue de Champagne and you will see caves belonging to Moet and Chandon, Mercier and De Castellane. There are many smaller producers in chateaux in the countryside, which organise tours explaining the processes used in producing champagne - and of course offering visitors a taste at the end!

Outdoor Attractions

The Lake Der-Chantecoq is the largest man-made lake in Western Europe and is a popular destination for ornithologists. The marshes are home to cranes, which migrate there in spring and autumn, while you may also be lucky enough to spot a white-tailed eagle. Fishing is permitted, either from the shore or from a boat, and you can hire sailing boats or something faster from the nautical centre. There are swimming areas and beaches, which are popular in the summer. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can take a walk on the one of the many trails that ring the lake or hire a bicycle.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Gites in Marne and Villas in France which can be rented direct from their owners.
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