The Tour De France is a magnificent tour through much of France’s gifted culture even if you don’t like cycling

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Like Notre Dame, ravaged by fire in April, the towering cathedral in Reims also endured disaster, when it was heavily shelled in World War I. The ensuing inferno shattered and blackened its massive stone pillars and exquisite sculptures and heavily damaged luminous stained-glass windows that, now restored, bathe its cool and cavernous interior in a rainbow of colour. Flames also melted the lead roof, which dripped through the gargoyles.