Waiters’ Race @ Reims part1

‘Re-bonjour, Reims!’ We greeted the city like our old acquaintance as our car slipped away from A344 and entered the city centre.

The city centre was very quiet because it was Sunday. However during we were checking in to a hotel, the receptionist informed us that there was some event happening on nearby Place Drouet d’Erlon.

So what is going on…? OMG!!

Course des garçons de café – waiters’ race!!

I had seen a similar race in Paris ages ago and I was amazed by their professionalism and athleticism.

So let see what Reims’ waitors can deliver…​

One of the locals kindly placed plastic chairs for us by the temporary barriers and we could watch a qualifying heat in style.

It was a hot day and a dog was cooling down in the shade…

Poor you. Wearing a fur coat in the summer isn’t easy, is it?

Place Drouet d’Erlon in which the race was held was a pedestrianized street in the heart of Reims. The thoroughfare was laden with various bars and restaurants and probably the liveliest part of the city…

The waiters’ race started at the north end of Place Drouet d’Erlon and the participants were to hurry down southward, making a beeline to la Fontaine Subé, a famous landmark of the city which stood at the junction of Rue Buirette and Place Drouet d’Erlon.

Once reaching to la Fontaine Subé, the contestants were to circle around the monument and to dash back northward, using the east side of the wide street…​

The public of Reims also had a go at the race…​


Bon courage!’ “Allez!’

We wondered how many had survived navigating the long cobbled street without spilling the contents on the trays. Carrying a tray while walking a long distance didn’t look easy nor fun for me.

If the inevitable happens, you are out, like him…


The race report will continue. So watch this space…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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