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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.
Written Jun 9, 2009
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. . . :)
Written Jun 9, 2009