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Old March 3rd, 2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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The Rest of Europe

Welcome to my third thread, where I will take you on a tour of Europe as I have seen it, compiled from photos of various holidays and weekend-trips in the last 10 years. It will take you from the North sea to the Mediteranian, and from there to the Black Sea and back again; through some capital cities, as well as through quite a number of smaller, less known towns. Obviously, I will skip quite large regions, because I haven't visited them (or didn't make photos when I was there). I'm not pretending to know very much about the places on the pictures I'm posting, but just showing the places that I found beautiful or interesting, so sit back and enjoy!

p.s. I exclude the Netherlands from this thread, as this will be the subject of my fourth and last thread (until I go somewhere else, that is)

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I thought I'd start in the French Ardennes, as this connects nicely with the region I have just finished covering in my Belgium thread. The photos are from a cycling vacation with a friend in the summer of 2006 (a particularily rainy one), and our starting point is the town of Givet, on the Belgian border (and in an area surrounded by Belgium on three sides), where we have allready been, in my Belgium thread.

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The village of Chooz (where the nuclear powerplant in my Belgium thread is):

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Now leaving my Belgium thread, the village of Haybes, which, like many towns in the Meuse Valley (such as Dinant and Verdun) was completely destroyed in WW1, but which has nonetheless been nicely rebuilt:

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Going upstream along the Meuse, which is rapidly becoming a smaller, wilder river:

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A big difference with Belgium, even small villages have a suburb like this one, in Fumay:

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Continuing upstream...

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Old March 3rd, 2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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Great landscapes and great photography again!
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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km 60

... brings us to Charleville-Mézières (+/- 51.000), the capital of the Ardennes department, 60 kilometers from the border at Givet, and fully surrounded by France. Chaleville-Mézières is quite a nice looking town, though we spent 2 nights there, which was a bit long, as it seems to be in one of the most dead corners of France (though the weather might have helped).

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Place Ducale, the most famous place in Charleville-Mézières at night:

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We had the choice of two options to get from Charleville-Mézières to our next stop, one is by bike along the Meuse...

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But we were feeling lazy, and decided to take the train instead.

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Old March 3rd, 2013, 11:12 PM   #4
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Great landscapes and great photography again!
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Which brings us to Sedan (pop: +/- 20.000), 20 kilometers to the East along the Belgian border, and near to Bouillon). The weather made Sedan seem like a dreary place, seemingly full of semi-derelict mansions. It is needless to say that I found it quite interesting for the few hours I was there

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The Meuse has two branches in Sedan, here's one of them:

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This is the end of our visit to this rather gloomy region (IMO, this region fits the untrue cliché image of what Wallonia looks like much better than Wallonia, which I find neither gloomy nor dead).

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But unlike in reality, where we went home at this point, our next stop will be Nancy, also in northern France. So, lasty, here's a picture of the kind of train we could be travelling in, to give you the impression that we are traveling.

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Old March 3rd, 2013, 11:36 PM   #5
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Good Pictures.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 11:36 PM   #6
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 11:51 PM   #7
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This is a very promising thread. I'm waiting for more!

Whereas the architecture in the Nord-Pas de Calais region is quite similar to Belgium, I find the contrast here quite striking. You immediatelly feel that you are in France. I like it very much, though I agree that it all looks a bit desolate and derelict.

Sedan is a small town but it has played an important role in history. The French army was routed by the Prussians in the very bloody battle of Sedan in 1870. Sedan also has one of the largest castles in Europe (even bigger than nearby Bouillon) which takes up a large part of the city centre. It is very impressive.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #8
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Thanks!

Yes, I was also surprised how quickly everything feels French. I have only seen Nord-Pas de Calais from the car, and it's true, it looks very Belgian.

Sadly, I missed the castle, and only heard of it's existence when I was back at home. So I won't be able to show it, as I probably won't be going to Sedan in the near future.

It's so strange to hear about all these bloody battles that took place all over Europe, and thinking that some towns have been sacked numerous times throughout history, makes me grateful that I was born in this time and place.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 01:58 AM   #9
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Great and still waiting for more!
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Old March 6th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #10
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Thanks! Here you go, I thought I could make a midweek update.

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km 284 from Givet

As I allready mentioned, our next stop is Nancy (pop: +/- 100.000), in the region of Lorraine, and about 150 km south of Luxembourg/Arlon (Belgium). I spent a few days with friends there last summer, visiting another friend who lives there. I didn't know much about Nancy, but it turned out to be a really nice town.

Nancy has quite a nice old centre...

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Old March 6th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #11
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Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region.

Very nice pictures, keep them coming!
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... but the most remarkable thing about it, are the many Art-nouveau and other impressive 19th century buildings:

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As a matter of fact, I think I only saw 2 ugly buildings in Nancy, which is quite an accomplishment for a town of 100.000 people:

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Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region.

Very nice pictures, keep them coming!
Thanks! Ok, I didn't quite understand because Wikipedia said 'unofficial capital of Lorraine'.

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Which sometimes have art-nouveau detailing:

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I think this style is quite regional:

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This still sort-of reminds of Belgium:

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That's all for today, but I will be back in a few days for the continuation of our journey
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When most houses have window shutters, you know you're in France!
Though I don't think they really need them to keep out the heat and sunlight in this region
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I don't think the Park Inn Hotel is that ugly. But maybe it doesn't fit in a city like Nancy. I see lots of similarities with southern Belgium here.
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It depends. Picture 81 could be in Belgium, but picture 76 looks very French.
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When most houses have window shutters, you know you're in France!
Though I don't think they really need them to keep out the heat and sunlight in this region
On the way back it actually started raining again the moment we crossed the Belgian border, while the sun was shining on the French side. This fits the image that a Dutch kid (who always goes on holiday there) could have that the sun always shines in France.

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It depends. Picture 81 could be in Belgium, but picture 76 looks very French.
It's true that some architecture is reminiscent of Belgium (I think you can even see this in the south of France sometimes), but the feeling of the town is totaly different, and definately French. Firstly, everythings a bit quiter, and secondly I somehow find French cityscapes less varied than Belgian ones, though they are usually pretty nice nonetheless.

About the Park Inn, at least it gives Nancy a skyline

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For the first time we will now skip a larger region. Here's a photo, taken from a petrol-station near Orleans, to give the impression that we're on the road again.

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I was on the way with friends (Dutch ones this time), to visit some other friends in the region of Auvergne (in the middle of the country) in 2008. Montluçon, which was the only town we passed through on the way, looked nice, though I only saw it from the car.

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The nearby village of Auzances:

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On one of our last days, the Tour de France passed through Giat. Though an avid cyclist, I have no interest at all in this event. Nonetheless, I found the whole circus around it quite fascinating.

Obviously, this was the event of the year (if not more) for the inhabitants of Giat, as it is for many others who travel hundreds of kilometres to wait by a roadside somewhere else in France.

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I'm usually wary of making pictures of people (excepting passers-by on a picture where they are not the main object), but I figured at an event like this it shouldn't be a problem.

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The funny thing about events like the Tour de France, is that the advertising procession that takes place beforehand takes quite a long time...

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