Othe & Other Impressions
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Othe est un petit village niché au fin fond de la Lorraine. Tout y parait paisible... On y a même pas entendu la 2CV de François !
Othe is a quaint little village cradled in the Lorraine hills. It is a very tranquil place, unless Francois is driving around in his noisy 2CV! ;)
(Got this translation from a good friend)
Spécialement pour les Italiens ! ;-)
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Mais où se trouve donc Othe me direz-vous...
Alors regardez la carte, et si vous avez la Michelin No 241 ce sera encore plus simple qu'avec le GPS ! ;-)
But where is Othe then ?
With the Michelin #241, it will certainly be easy to find your way, even without GPS ! ;-)
a relaxing yet unforgettable sunday...
Fondest memory: my fondest memory??? François (see the pic going anticlockwise), his lovely wife Brigitte with her so nice friend and thanks to utttz who giving me a lift back from a working trip, drove me to Othe...
Favorite thing: There were 60 inhabitants in 1570, 70 in 1602. But in 1647, after the “Thirty Years War” (see drawing by Jacques Callot) and several plague epidemics, the village was completely abandoned, like many others in the region. In 1789, 92 persons were living here; 92 again in 1817; 143 (probably the maximum) in 1851. Then came the industrial revolution, and people begun to leave the countryside and settled in cities. Before WWI (1914-1918), there were still around 100 inhabitants. Most of them left the village just after 1919: the developing industry (steal factories) in the region of Longwy was needing important labour force and was offering better and more regular salaries than in the farms. In the early 60s, there were only 9 permanent inhabitants. When my son was born in 1981, 12 persons were living in Othe. We have now 29 inhabitants. The village’s situation looks better than in the recent past, but its demographic situation is fragile: the average age (around 47) is rather high and 7 persons (24% of the population!) are above 65. WE NEED FRESH BLOOD!!!!
There are 19 houses in the village. In the 1970s, lots of them were second homes of families living in the Longwy area. Several of these persons now retired at Othe. Nowadays, out of the 19 houses of the village, 12 are permanently occupied, two are empty and five are second homes. Traces of two other buildings can be found: the ancient “castle” (actually a fortified farm) and the old mill. They were destroyed during WWI.
What used to be local life: church and school...
Favorite thing: The tiny church was built in the XIth century but only a few remains from that period. It was rebuilt or modified several times up to the end of XIXth century. Nothing very special with this church: it’s a nice small one, and the banks are from the XVIth century. There is no priest anymore, since beginning of XXth century. There is a Mass from time to time, for a wedding or a funeral. Nevertheless, the building is well maintained.
School has the same problem than the church: there is no teacher anymore since the 50s. The building is now the village Hall. Children have to go to school in another village, 7km from here. When older, they go to a college in Longuyon (17km) or Longwy (30km)… Not so easy for people living in rural areas. Actually, the French politic encourages people to leave the countryside and pack into big cities, with all the problems created by human concentration: poverty, delinquency and criminality, dissatisfaction, racism… Social peace and satisfaction have a price, but nobody wants to pay…!
overcrowded and overbuilded
Favorite thing: it's hard to find a favourite thing in this concrete land... no grass, no nature, no trees!!!!
Fondest memory: hu... just a cellar
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