It was time to move on from Belgium. We've been awfully mundane in our travels by staying in the rut of France and Italy (7 times now). Having said that, travelling back into France, the difference was extremely noticeable for us. Not long after passing the border of Belgium and France we turned into the fortified village Rocroi situated in the Ardennes region on the way to Reims.
I'd read about Rocroi in the DK travel books however we've never been in the region previously. We really on just stumbled upon the village as we do in our past travels be driving the non-toll roads. We are not cheap by avoiding tolls and in fact rich by the discoveries that come our way.
|Stolen from the internet - the notifications of Rocroi are in the shape of a stylised star.|
|There's a certain pride with rural french villages and there are alway plenty of flowers and a neatness about them.|
|Most fortified French villages still retain their covered markets.|
From this to;
The statue of Joan of Arc looks up towards the Reims Cathedral to where she brought Charles, the Dauphin of France to be ordained as King of France after the defeat of the English at Orleans.
|At the coronation of Charles, Joan of Arc appeared in her armour with sword and her specially made gold robe.|
Scenes of Reims.
After Reims, we moved on to Fontainebleau and then Orleans as overnight stays to visit friends who live in the Loire. More to come yet.