France: Champagne, Alsace-Loraine tips for WWar I

Just returned last week, April 2012 so here are two tips 1 if you rent a car keep Paris in your rear view mirror 2 the 100 anniversary of WW I starts 2014 and France is gearing upwith new museums, reenactments (inc airplanes) battlefields and big dollar advertising campaigns. So get ready. "The War Horse" movie was just a teaser.
Follow Rick Steves for best advice for touring vinyards and battlefields but add Troyes still entact medieval city 45 minutes south of Reims. home of explorer LaSalle and retirement area for French gov and bus leaders today. We walked the streets with our mouths open.

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