What to drink ?
The typical drink for the northern region and Picardy is Amer Picon (although in places the apple cider will be preferred)
This is Gaetan Picon of French origin but living in Belgium Philippeville who invented in 1837 the liquor pulling between 18 ° and 21 ° of alcohol.
Usually served mixed with white wine and a little lemon extract to which is added a few ice cubes. But also served mixed with beer (especially in the North.)
The family of "bitter" ...
La boisson typique pour la région Nord et la Picardie est l'Amer Picon (même si par endroit on préfèrera le cidre de pomme)
C'est Gaetan Picon d'origine française mais habitant Philippeville en Belgique qui inventa en 1837 cette liqueur tirant entre 18° et 21 ° d'alcool .
Habituellement servit mélangé avec du vin blanc et un peu d'extrait de citron auquel on ajoute quelques glacons.
Mais est également servit mélangé à la bière (surtout dans le Nord.) De la famille des "bitter"...
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Like many other French towns and cities, Arras has also its Arbre de la Liberté, a tree that was planted to commemorate the French revolution. This one dates of 1989 (the second centenary of the revolution).
Like many towns in Northern France, als Arras has its giants. Their names are Colas and Jacqueline and they were born in 1891, even if they had belonged to the popular tradition since 1812, when their names appeared in a song composed for a celebration in Arras.
These two wicker manikins are 6.25 metres high and wear the clothes of 18th- and 19th-century local peasants.
They were destroyed during WWI, remade after the war and they died again in 1940. They won't be reborn before 1981. The present giants are only 4 metres high and they have got a son.
Colas and Jacqueline were born as giants in 1891. They are part of the Arras' folklore. Each year at the end of August, there is a festival to commemorate the end of the occupation of the Spaniards in 1654.
A humorous song was composed about two peasants, Colas and Jacqueline, going to the festival.
In 1995, the giants got a son, Andre-Albert-François.
When they are not at the festival, you can see them in the hall of the Town Hall.