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Rocroy

Another trip that plan on last minute, we do this often in the summer if we get bored just take the car and drive over the border. Is not a difficult choice of where to go we're surrounded with beautiful countries. I also avoiding to drive over Paris as it is a chaotic city not only in the summer months, but all year round. So I'm thinking of French Ardennes, don't get confused we also have Belgium Ardennes.

Friday afternoon around two o'clock we left home we didn't need much just quickly pack for two days. Is more than a two hours drive, driving through Wallonia region a French speaking region of Belgium, in this area  no one speaks Flemish, so is necessarily to know a basic French. We have a nice drive no traffic, Friday afternoon is mostly busy - but that day is really quiet.

Our first stop is Rocroy -  in the northwestern part of the Ardennes department, is not far from the border with Belgium.

Rocroy
This is a fortified town surrounded by impressive defensive walls with five bastions. Is a small town with ten streets that reach the main square- the streets run in the shape of a star, so Rocroy is also called the star-shaped city.  The houses around the square date from 1676 to 1871, there is a trail that runs all over Rocroy over the defense,  is about 4 kilometers long and guarantees a more interesting walk if one have time. We didn't have time to walk, we quickly stroll around the center and back to the car.

Our hotel in Charleville-Mezieres is about 30 minutes drive, so from Rocroy we drove straight we want to see the center of Charleville-Mezieres before dark. It's still day light when we arrived, check in goes fast we took our bags into the room and afterwards took the car and drove to the center.

Charleville-Mezieres
Is just a short drive to the center, looking for a parking and luckily we found one and was free after six o'clock.

During summer most activities held outside and France is no exception, the main square lost its beauty. There are some activities held in the center such as mini golf, aqua bubble, concerts and so on, but still nice strolling around. Charleville - Mezieres is a very modern city built with rectilinear streets, Place Ducale is the main square where most historical buildings are situated which is comparable to Place des Vosges in Paris.  This beautiful square dates back to the early 17th century. The city is also known as capital of the puppets this trail brings you along the watch of the Grand Marionnet. Every two years in Charleville-Mezieres held the largest puppet festival, which attracts people from different nations



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