Over the centuries, Reims has found itself on the receiving end of aggression, from the likes of regional invaders such as the Vandals and the Huns during the fifth century on up to the Germans during the Franco-Prussian War, WWI and WWII. Despite the ensuing damage, Reims has always rebuilt, and today, the city is a bustling center of commerce and culture.
Along with Epernay, Reims has enjoyed a booming champagne industry for many years. Chalk caves, dug out by Romans seeking building material, wind in labyrinthian tunnels beneath the city. It is in these caves that the major champagne houses store millions of bottles of bubbly.
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