Reims is the capital of the Champagne-Ardennes region. Champagne tours are very popular, with many champagne houses having wine cellars; some have been in use since Roman times. Known as “La Cité des Sacres”, the city’s most prominent landmark is the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame de Reims, where 33 French monarchs have been crowned. Although much of the city was rebuilt a century ago in a predominantly Art Deco style, the oldest monument in Reims is the triumphal arch of Porte de Mars, built to worship the god Mars and expats living in Reims will find that there are several museums in Reims which are well worth visiting. As a city at the crossroads of several European routes, Reims is a popular tourist destination and so has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with festivals and carnivals occurring regularly. There is a vibrant café and bar culture by day and night in the city. There are also many green spaces in the area, popular with cyclists and walkers alike. Any expatriate living in Reims who is struggling with acclimating to their new home has the opportunity to get in touch with other expats who may be able to offer some practical advice through InterNations, the largest online expat network worldwide.
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Reims is served by Paris Charles de Gaule Airport, a thirty minute train ride from the city. Intercity trains operate from the main city station, but a TGV station, Reims Champagne-Ardenne on the outskirts of the city operates to Paris, with a 45 minute journey time. Reims is also well connected to the French motorway network, providing expatriates moving to Reims with easy access to and from the city. Local buses are good value, with cartel tickets offering a number of journeys at a discount price. Relocating to another country is not easy, with many deadlines to meet and arrangements to make. Problems often occur which require assistance from other expats who have moved to France and so have insider knowledge which can help those going through the process. As an InterNations member, you can ask for advice via the InterNations portal, and the friendly and informative members should be able to help you resolve any issues quickly. For more general queries, InterNations Expat Magazine has a wealth of information on the relocation process worldwide, and with many topics covered, and should prove useful to expatriates moving to Reims.
Reims is predominantly an important regional teaching and research center, linked to the University of Champagne-Ardenne. In addition to that, there are a number of service industries in Reims, including retail outlets and a large distribution center. Call centers also operate in the city for international banks and light aircraft are manufactured on the outskirts of the city. Networking via the InterNations website may locate other expatriates who have worked or are currently working in Reims, including potentially some of the academic staff at the university. As such, InterNations presents an excellent networking opportunity for expats in Reims. Or you can simply use the discussion groups, forums and private messages system on InterNations to get in touch with and socialize with like-minded people from around the world.