QUIET BUT BEAUTIFUL
Favorite thing: THE ARCHITECTURE, FAB BUILDINGS , THE SQUARE WITH THE FOUNTAIN IS AMAZING!! WE GOT CHEAP FLIGHTS WITH RYANAIR AND WENT BECAUSE OF PRICE , WE STAYED IN IBIS HOTEL, JUST AVERAGE REALLY BUT QUITE CENTRAL, THERE IS A GREAT VARIETY OF SHOPS AND EVEN THE LOCAL MCDONALDS WAS A TREAT FOR FAMILIES , YOU CAN SIT WHILE THE KIDS ARE PLAYING IN BALL POOL, SLIDING AND GENERALLY HAVING FUN, NIGHTLIFE IS QUIET BUT A GOOD IRISH PUB THERE!!
Fondest memory: GREAT SHOPPING, UPHILL TO A GREAT SQUARE AND THE PEOPLE ARE SO FRIENDLY!!
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Favorite thing: Being the capital of BD (bandes dessinee, or comic strips), Charleroi honours its heroes with many statues. Here is Spirou, having his picture taken. Although he is holding a football, it is more with basketball that he is associated, as the local team is named after him.
Vigie the best
Favorite thing: That is the motto of the tallest building in town, La Vigie, the student accomodation of the UT. It was on the thirteenth floor that I lived, overlooking Marsupilami and the "Vicious Circle" Square Hiernaux. The view is good, except you can see Charleroi.
The smoky skyline
Favorite thing: Yes, this place has an atmosphere alright - mainly consisting of sulphurous fumes. The city is surrounded with a very decaying industry. Slag-heaps known as "terrils", covered in grass and trees since the decline of the mines, dot the landscape of the Pays Noir. On the way into town you see steelworks and the like for miles, and although this isn't exactly inviting there is a strange beauty to it all.
Place Charles II
Favorite thing: The heart of the town is perhaps the Place Charles II, dominated by the Town Hall and the Cathedral. In the centre of the roundabout there are huge fountains that come from the ground. At Christmas there is a nice Christmas market here. That's when there are christmas trees, little wooden huts selling all kinds of stuff such as special Christmas beer, chocolate, crepes, presents... It's lovely when it snows!
The rest of the year, there are kids on mopeds driving round all over the place.
Favorite thing: The square Charles II is the most important place where several events during the year take place with its town hall, its church and its jets of water. For example, in February, the carnaval’s procession and more particularly the “Gilles” march in the streets to the square Charles II. Next to it, there is “le palais des beaux-arts” where you can see a lot of play and opera. When the sun is at the rendezvous, a lot of people go to this square to have a drink. It’s a meeting place. More particularly during the rare heat waves, the teenagers play in the jets of water to freshen oneself up. It’s very funny. At Christmas, there is a Christmas market on this square. You can buy artisanal’s articles, local specialities,…
This square charles II is the centre of Charleroi
Although its all defects, Charleroi is the most pleasant town. We hope to see you in our town.
May be worth stopping over.
Favorite thing: Charleroi is a large industrial town, but it has its share of museums and galleries etc.
Outside South Station is the bus tram train interchange and a nice park with a cannon and the canal. It looks a bit like one side of Dublin on the Liffey.
Take a look at the web site www.charleroi.be If you are travelling to other places via the airport it may be worth a stop over.
Parc de la Serena.
Fondest memory: Formerly the capital of the black country and one of the richest areas of the industrial revolution producing coal, steel ans glass, Charleroi is today a major city being changed by urban and environmental transformations.
The careful redesign of its centre and the revaluation of its heritage confirm its intention to improve the quality of its urban life.
The numerous parks found in Charleroi as well as its sixty-two slag-heaps, most of them covered by vegetation, are the green lungs of a city with omnipresent flora.
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Fondest memory: Charleroi was founded in 1666, which is relatively late compared to the other cities in Belgium. The Spanish who ruled the Low Countries in the 17th century built a fortification close to the village of Charnoy. This fortification was meant to keep the troops of the imperialist French king Louis XIV out of the Spanish possessions. The star-shaped stronghold received the name CHARLE-ROY (after the Spanish king Charles II). However, in 1667-1678 the French took the new city and expanded it. Already then, the difference between upper and lower city was made.
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Fondest memory: The ' Carolos ' (inhabitants of Charleroi) are well known for their enthusiasm, their generosity, their friendliness and their joie de vivre ...To them, a friendly welcome and hospitality really mean something. With its pedestrian zones, its squares, its parks, its arteries and its shopping malls as well as its touristic and leisure infrastructures, Charleroi is a comfortable city perfectly suited for walking and shopping. Every Sunday the weekly market attracts thousands of people, some of them coming from far away. Its warm and picturesque athmosphere should be missed on no account ...
...get off the train. Don't...
Favorite thing: ...get off the train. Don't let the billowing ugly factories that encircle the city put you off, Charleroi is actually an alright enough place to be. It has a fantastic enormous market on Sundays and regular exhibitions at the Palais des Beaux Arts, such as the Comic Strips shows: Charleroi is the comic strip capital of Belgium. But me, the place I go to on a more than regular basis is Ville2, the shopping mall in the north part of town. It cannot be beat, man!
Fondest memory: The beers. Belgian beers make every other country's alcohol look and taste like pwiss - here you get quality, and I mean quality.
I'll give you a top Five personal favourite list:
Fruit Défendu (Forbidden Fruit) - bloody gorgeous, spicey, textured, 9°abv ....
Charles Quint - drunk in a blue mug, not one for the weak stomached. eat with lots of cheese, preferably a Manilow album ....
Leffe Blonde - a softer, lighter drink, but still potent enough for a foreigner unused to Belgium. Lovely taste. Definitely a ***ter. ....
Kwak - this one's great fun, you drink it from one of those wierd shaped yard of ale type glasses on a rack. Easy enough to drink but my mate got sick after one, fool. ....
Chimay Bleue - the bollocks. I don't drink it too often, unlike my Belge friends, cos this one is the best drink in the world. Ranks fifth in mine though.
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