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Reims - Musee du Sucre D'Orge

Anyone know the fate of this cute little shop? My search suggests it is closed or moved from Rue du Puits du Four. Looking for updates from anyone who may have been there recently.

Thanks

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I did quite a lot of walking around in Reims within the last week and do not remember seeing a place with that name, which is rather memorable. What sort of shop was it--candy? pastries?

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They make candy from barley and offer demonstrations and samples -- but I guess I should add "used to". Any specific reommendations about Reims? Obviously the Cathedral - but did you enjoy anything enough to recommend?

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The two places we enjoyed in Reims were the Museum of the Surrender and the Cathedral.

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If the Musee du Sucre d'Orge was in Reims before it looks like it has since moved. It is now located in Moret-sur-Loing, about an hour south of Paris on the RER. It's possible that there were more than one location and the one in Reims has closed.

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Yes, of course, It is in Moret-sur-Loing. My carelessness. But that is the location that appears to be closed and that I was wondering about. I was planning on stopping there between Reims an Fontainebleau and visiting the Sisley museum. IT looks like a nice town as well, but now I'm not sure about the Musee du Sucre D'orge.

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According to this website it's still open. Current website shows hours of March 7-October 26, from 2:00-7:00pm, free on Fri, Sat, Sun, otherwise €2.

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In Reims, I thought the Palais de Tau was worthwhile. It has some treasures from the cathedral and is located right beside it.

But my main tip is the Musee des Beaux-Arts, which I think Rick doesn't mention--probably for the same reason another guidebook says the MBA is closed until 2018. Only it isn't. Whatever work they were planning to do in the museum has been canceled or postponed. It was a very pleasant surprise to find a museum I hadn't expected to see rather than encountering huge chunks of a museum closed for restoration. The MBA is closed on Tuesdays. The ground floor has an exhibition of art nouveau and art deco furniture (primarily) and decorative objects. I believe there was a separate display of 20th-century French glassware on one of the upper floors (too many museums--they're running together). The rest of the collection is primarily paintings. The museum ticket also gets you into the Chapelle Fougita, which is somewhat interesting but a bit of a walk from anything else you'd be likely to want to see.

I'm not interested in wine/champagne, so I can't tell you about related activities.

The biggest day at the market is supposed to be Saturday. I mised that but was in the area on Friday, another day when the market is open. It looked like fewer than half the stalls were in use. Based on that, I'm not sure whether it's worth a trip to the market on Saturday. However, there are a number of restaurants in the area that seemed decent, though one of them insisted that I sit outside with the smokers (not gonna do it).

The rue de Mars, which runs near rhe market building, has two patisseries located side by side that I thought were quite good. One is the Maison Caffet. I don't remember the name of the other one.

There's a Roman arch of some sort near the market. I assume it's the very large, boxy thing that's completely invisible behind a wrap that makes it look like a very large gift without a bow.

Now that i've visited the city, I can sort of understand why no one seems to claim it as a favorite. I wandered around and found some art deco buildings, but you don't have the density of interesting architecture in Reims that you find in Nancy, Troyes, Rouen, Colmar and so many other French cities.

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Nancy-- "visites libres" means unguided,
visit on your own, not free entry. It still costs 2 Euros and is open only those three days a week.

OP, could you post the info on the Sisely Museum. I couldn't find it; is it the Municipal Museum?

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My goof Bets. I'm not a French speaker, it was a combination of bad translation and my misinterpretation. Sorry if I misled the OP.

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You were close--entrée libre means it's free. Google translates "visite libre" as "free tour" which is false, too, and shows the limitations of computer translation compared to the nuances of a human mind.

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Yeah, Google is my friend, but friends aren't always right.