Little bit of Paris and a lot of Reims

After starting our journey in Amsterdam (alas De La Salle never ventured there), we headed to Paris where we stayed in the District’s guest house, saw lots of sights, including the Sorbonne, where La Salle took courses in theology while in the seminary at nearby St. Sulpice  .

University where the Founder took theology classes.

University where the Founder took theology classes.

When the adventure in Paris came to an end, we boarded the train and headed to Reims. Brother Claude Reinhardt met us and after dropping our bags off at the community house, we began to walk in the footsteps of De La Salle.

Our first stop was the Saint-Remi Basilica, the place where all the kings of France were crowned and where the relics of St. Remi are kept. It was here that St. La Salle prayed.

Interior of Saint-Remi Basilica.

Interior of Saint-Remi Basilica.

John Baptist de La Salle praying at the reliquary of Saint Remi.

John Baptist de La Salle praying at the reliquary of Saint Remi.

Reliquary of Saint Remi

Reliquary of Saint Remi

Reliquary of Saint Remi

Reliquary of Saint Remi

From the Basilica, Brother Claude led us down the same streets that De La Salle walked, passing the door where De La Salle met Adrien Nyell, the archway which he passed through every day on the way to teach, and the school he attended as a child.

Meeting place of La Salle and Nyell

Meeting place of De La Salle and Nyell

The College of Bob Enfants where La Salle attended as a child

The College of Bob Enfants where De La Salle attended as a child

Arch the La Salle passed through daily on his way to teach

Arch the De La Salle passed through daily on his way to teach

After a tour of the Cathedral of Reims (will be a separate post), we made our way to De La Salle’s home. It was amazing to actually walk in the same place where he lived and spent so many days.

De La Salle's home

De La Salle’s home from the street

De La Salle's home from the courtyard

De La Salle’s home from the courtyard

John Baptist de La Salle

John Baptist de La Salle

The teachers chair used by De La Salle

The teachers chair used by De La Salle

We hope you enjoyed this blog and the next will include the Cathedral of Reims and vineyards.

-Scott Kier & Br. Mike

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