This beautiful pavilion (picture 1) called the Old Water Mill , built on an arm of the Meuse river, hosts the Rimbaud Museum. If you are interested by the person, the poet, of course, a visit to the museum is compulsory, and ah! Sometimes poesy can be very simple, just changing weather within a few minutes, like it was the case when I took picture...more
Une saison en Enfer, Les Illuminations, “Poesies”, complete works of Rimbaud can be grouped in one book, and even not a thick one; important is the quality, not the quantity. I am just wondering what he would have written, at 25, 30, 40, 60! Rimbaud wrote between 15 and 21; he then went to Abyssinia, did not anymore produce literary work.On the...more
If you visit the Rimbaud museum, you will not miss a short visit to his house; about 100 m away from the museum is the house where Rimbaud lived as a kid; this hopuse has nothing special, Rimbaud’s family (mother and sister) lived in one level of the house, but nothing more is known, as there is not anymore furniture or other items from that time....more
Charleville and Sedan are the two big cities of the French Ardennes. Charleville hosts the museum of arts, popular traditions of the Ardennes, “Musée de l’Ardenne”. I was reluctant to visit this “provincial museum”, but my young co-travellers convinced me, and I did not regret! They were then waiting for me. . . . The musée de l’Ardenne has an...more
Musée de l’Ardenne has also lots of paintings and a few sculptures; the painting are very interesting in the way they are mostly from local artists who painted the local life at their time; many paints are not great works of art, but invaluable witness, archive in some way of past rural life in the Ardennes; one of the most important painters was...more
It was festival season in Charleville and some attractions were visible from very far! I liked a lot this giant wheel, way smaller than the one of the Prater, in Wien or the London Eye, but I liked it for its colours and for the beautiful sky it had as background when I visited Charleville. Just a few pictures. . . . I did not make a tour, as it...more
St Remi Church, located just east of the Place Ducale has been erected at the same time as the city with the beautiful blonde limestone (a Jurassic limestone known locally as Bulson Limestone, with Don le Mesnil or St Martin varieties, from the location where it was quarried), and looks almost like “new”, with this stone. It is an unusual church,...more
I don’t dare call it the Rimbaud trail, it is of course not a trail. The municipality of Charleville, with other organisms, and with the Rimbaud museum has put some signs like the one you see on the picture in several places of Charleville, and in other places of Europe and the world where he travelled. As far I know this initiative goes very...more
During festivals, the municipalities in many cities like to organise flee markets, special food markets, or whatever event to keep people busy when the festival is not fully active. . . . . Here it was flee market, but I was not in Charleville for some bargain hunting. I just had a quick look, and noticed a few nice ceramics or porcelain items...more
You have noticed that the weather was not exactly predictable the day I visited Charleville; by chance I was there during a puppet festival, but had to make choices (I chose museums) for the day; I only can show a few photographs I took on Place Ducale where a part of the festival took place.This festival here is a festival for the kids, a small...more
On the first picture you see a famous giant brass puppeteer, embedded in the building of the Musée de l’Ardenne; you can see his legs from inside the museum; this automat displays every hour an episode of the tale of the four Aymon sons, legendary knights of the Ardennes; at 9 pm, it replays all 12 episodes it played during the day . This automat...more
The statue of Charles de Gonzague you see on the first picture is located at the southern end of the pedestrian Rue P. Beregovoy since March 1999. It was before, since 1899, above a fountain in the middle of the Place Ducale; when it had been removed, there was a big debate in the city of Charleville-Mézières. . . . . So the founder of the city is...more
Charles de Gonzague built his town on the banks of the Meuse river, for its strategic situation and he wanted to use the river for communication and goods transportation.Today, canal barges still navigate on the river, but the banks and the river itself are also places for leisure and sports activities, like rowing (picture 2). I was surprised to...more
It is very pleasant to walk under the arcades, and look at the buildings from the arches, on one side (picture 1), and at the shops and shop goers (pictur 2) on the other side. Some nice cafés (picture 3) are also installing tables under the arcades, and locals enjoy sitting there, having a drink and chatting, and the arcades are also a shelter...more
The city of Charleville has been created in 1606 by Prince Charles de Gonzague, duke of Rethel, Nevers, Mantova, etc, etc, and he decided this city has his name: Charleville, city of Charles. The city has been built around a central square, which is still the main place of Charleville: Place Ducale, Duke’s place.If you know a bit of Paris and Place...more
42, avenue du Marechal Leclerc, Charleville-Mezieres, 08000, France
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32, bis rue de la graviere, Charleville-Mezieres, 08000, France
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Place Bozzi, Charleville-Mezieres, 08000, France
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I was walking under the arcades just looking when this young person on picture 1 approached me and asked me if I was aware of the AIDS threats and wanted to help her to fight AIDS. Yes! Of course! Well, that young lady was preparing her “bachelor party” and asked for some money in a funny way, asked to wish her happiness by signing on the big kock (pictures 2 and 3 ). I signed, as I think that if I can contribute to happiness, whatever the way, I do it, so I gave a 2 Euros coin and she gave me a big smack on a cheek and a condom! I am not sure I caught all what was happening, I find this a bit a strange idea to link marriage and AIDS, I think it is just a good mean to make a bit money for the bachelor party.
Not a real danger, just be warned, weather, apparently changes very fast in Summer
You may have noticed from the pictures that the sky was not always blue. . . . . In fact, when I visited last July (2008), the weather was changing all day long, with sometimes thunderstorms and 15 mn later bright sun, and 15 mn later, heavy rain again. . . . So, If you are not equipped for rainy days, your visit in Charleville may not leave you with the best souvenirs.
It is always possible, however to find a shelter under arcades, a café, a shop, why not? and wait the heavy part of the rain goes. . .
Apart of that, I like the july sky, dark blue, black, changing, a special light, and sometimes you can make beautiful photographs. . . .
On picture 1, the bikers apparently do not like a lot the sudden shower. . . . (Rue du Moulin, on the way to the Rimbaud museum)
Pictures 2 and 3 have been taken on Quai Charcot, 10 mn apart. The rains can be heavy, and the museum was not far from disappearing (picture 4).
Finally, as you can see on the last picture people recover very fast from the rain: on Place Ducale, still wet from the last shower, the sun shines again and people come back to the terraces to enjoy the sun. . . till the next shower. . . :)