A long story to a small chapel - if you know french you may read it in Le Cercle Medieval. It was closed when we passed there.
My map of Charleroi indicated close to the Justice Palace, as highlight, two famous lions - Tutur and Totor. I spent some time around the palace, searching for them, and... couldn't find. Maybe they were sent back to the jungle.
Reading at home I found that they were moved to the new Justice Palace. Oh God! Was I seeing the new or the old one? Were are the lions?
I need to return to Charleroi. Is it there anyone inviting us to dance in the area again?
Don't be mislead by the name, and the statue in front of it - "Beaux Arts Palace", in the same name's place, is no more than a concert hall. This seems to be a rare situation, where the palace gave name to building and not the opposite, as usual.
"Ceci n'est pas une pipe"
That's what he reckons, monsieur Magritte. Rene Magritte is a Charleroi lad, having grown up and gone to school here in the industrial Pays Noir. Born in 1898, the surrealist lived in Chatelineau and Chatelet (just outside Charleroi) and you can visit his house. Ask at the Charleroi tourist board for info. the town is one stop away, and it's even more of a run-down pit than it's big neighbour. A dark, depressing place.
No wonder Magritte's mother killed herself, jumping into the murky River Sambre in 1913.
Over the Sambre, past the train station and into Marcinelle there is a really cool petshop called Paulus. It has the most incredible array of strange animals I've ever seen! Tarantulas, wierd snakes, turtles that look like rocks with legs, caiman crocodiles...I have to say the feeding of the poor shivering little mice to the big scaly snake was a bit disturbing, but that's nature's way, as Steve Irwin would have it.
One of the most remarkable palaces in Charleroi is this Art Nouveau house, built in 1899. Initially belonging to a glass industrial, it houses today the press association.
There is an open air market on tuesdays that is on Place Albert 1st. There is also a big open air market on sundays.
Visite The Brasserie L'Union.
7 rue Derbèque
6040 Jumet Charleroi.