France’s most courteous McDonald’s order-taker

Kathryn and I visited a McDonald’s today for the first time this trip. The store was near an autoroute just outside of Reims, France. Our order-taker was willing to pose for a photo. She spoke nine languages, repeated our order correctly the first time, charged us the right amount, and gave us a receipt without … Continue reading France’s most courteous McDonald’s order-taker

Clean laundry and an Asian buffet with frog’s legs in Reims

We’re spending a second night in Reims, and we decided to have a bit of a day off from sightseeing. We’re getting some laundry done right now; we only have three nights left in Europe, so we should have no shortage of clean laundry for the rest of the trip. We plan to visit the … Continue reading Clean laundry and an Asian buffet with frog’s legs in Reims

Vespers and Mass at the grand and imposing Cathedral in Reims

We came to Reims for one reason: to see the cathedral. It’s difficult to overstate how impressive it is. As we approached the city on the autoroute, we could see the spires from miles away. On foot in the city center, it’s even more imposing. A glance at the cathedral parish website showed Wednesday is … Continue reading Vespers and Mass at the grand and imposing Cathedral in Reims

Rest stop in Belgium

Germany wasn’t really part of our grand plan for this trip to Europe, but yesterday we slipped across the border from Luxembourg for some pleasant sightseeing in Trier, an ancient Roman city. Today we’ve added another country, as a transit of Belgium seemed the most expedient way of getting from Luxembourg to Reims, France, our … Continue reading Rest stop in Belgium