We, the founders of Reims 2018, were all born in Reims, Champagne, France and were shocked when we were children to see all these cemeteries, just a few kilometers away from our home town :
French of course, but also German, British, Italian, Russian, Indian, American, North African and African...
Friday 22, Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June 2018
Make a reservation as soon as you can...
Deadline : 30 april 2018.
We hope to have a variety of nationalities, which were fighting around Reims between
1914 (after the Taxis de la Marne) and 1918.
The battle front was frozen 6 kms north of Reims for 4 years and the Cathedral was the unique big building and the center of the attention. It has been said that Germans supposed there were spies in the towers and that's the reason why they tried to destroy it.
Association Reims 2018 :
( Please, replace : (at) by @ )
Postal address :
c/o Centre International de Séjour
100 beds are reserved there for all the nationalities.
For native English speakers,
+/- 50 beds !...
Deadline : 30 April 2018
Price for 2 nights : 70 €, including accomodation in dormitories of 2 to 5, 2 breakfasts, Champagne buffet Saturday evening & membership fees.
Please note that the 3 other meals, Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday lunches, either vegetarian or vegan or typical French can, if wanted, be taken outside where we'll picnic together.
We can even share your country specialties if you eventually bring some typical products from your own country !...
The Romans created Durocortorum after signing an agreement with a Gallic Tribe, the Remes who found that the Roman civilisation was much more advanced than their own, for example, central heating with warm water under the tiles, underground aquaducts coming from sources as far as 40 km away and a well planned general organisation of society and justice. They decided to collaborate and Durocortorum, the Roman name for Reims, was settled beside the River Vesle and became the capital of Belgica, the northern European province, and was much bigger at that time than Lutetia (Paris).
But, we remember that at the end of WWI in 1918, after 4 years of intensive bombing (+ 10,000 fire shells received) and combat, mostly in the trenches, 4 km away around Reims, our home town Reims was destroyed up to 80 %.
Considering its history, it did not merit such a destruction from other people, coming from just the other side of the Rhine river, only 2 hours 30 minutes away by the motorway coming from Germany today... Why ? Why war ?