Rocroi - and the beautiful old cars
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I didnâ€™t know Rocroi and I had never heard about it. It turned out that Rocroi was an ancient fortress town, Ardennes dĂ©partement, Champagne-Ardennes region, north-eastern France. It lies 4 miles (6 km) from the Belgian frontier. The great bastions surrounding the small town in the form of a pentagon have been preserved intact and offer an excellent example of 16th- to 17th-century military architecture. Begun in 1555, the ramparts were rebuilt in 1691. I always like to be surprised and this was again a good one.
The city walls were built with heavy stones and on the sides green grass was growing. Just as I entered the village or fortress it started to snow.
A lot of old and beautiful cars were parked on the square, amongst them two old Citroenâ€™s which I think is one of the most wonderful cars ever built. I walked around the square trying to find a place to get something to eat. I went into a restaurant that looked open but was told that I was too late. Sometimes I forget that I am in France or Belgium where the restaurants are closed from 15.00 to 19.00. The waitress laughed little bit but she was also sorry she couldnâ€™t help me. I did another round on the town square before I went back to my car and went in to the snow.