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June 17, 2022

Le Quesnoy ,the north of France !

I updated and now I am updating again and splitting the towns to have it in separate posts. It was a memorable post from visiting nearby family in the Nord dept 59 of my belle France. We took advantage of visiting older brother of my wife and decided to do short road warrior trips along the Belgian border. We came upon picturesque  Le Quesnoy .The pictures are a mix of old and older even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy it as I.

le quesnoy city center jun02

I take you closer to family and times expent there for years since 1990. On this particular road warrior trip, I like to take you to visit the nice city along the Franco-Belgian border, that is Le Quesnoy in the department 59 of the Nord, in the region of Hauts de FranceWe were nearby by so why not do a run and see something new, this time in the Nord to see Le Quesnoy,  with it fortified ramparts, they are 12 km of walls in line around a fortified wall intact of 3,5 km in circle with an ingenious systems of wells. Le Quesnoy,  has kept intact its characteristic ramparts which show the evolution of the art of defence of the 17C (the so-called Spanish era) at the beginning of the 20C passing by the famous Vauban who changed its appearance. Belgium is 10 km away!   A belltower or Beffroi of 48 carillons, and a Hôtel de Ville city govt building from 1700.

le quesnoy fortification MF et PF jun02

Le Quesnoy hotel de ville belfry

Le Quesnoy Porte Farroulx ramparts wall

 A bit of history I like

The city was under Hainaut, Burgundian, and Spanish occupation and or control .Before the end of the Fronde in 1654, the city is taken by the Royal French Army of Turenne. The city that had never been French became it for the great pleasure of the court. The young king Louis XIV receives the city as a gift of his coronation!

The border town undergoes a siege by the Austrian army of Cobourg and falls in 1793 it was retaken in 1794 by the troops of Schérer after a severe siege under a downpour rain.The news of the capture of the city is transmitted in a few hours by the telegraph Chappe, a world premiere, to the Committee of Parisian Public Salvation which welcomes it.

The city was taken in 1914 by the German troops suffered a severe occupation during four years, that after a difficult approach by the Valley of the Ecaillon, the city was liberated in 1918 by a New Zealand Division. In 1923, the New Zealand monument was inaugurated. The Mayor Daniel Vincent welcomes Marshal Joffre, Lord Milner (one of the English signatories to the Treaty of Versailles) and Sir Allen, representative of New Zealand. The communal cemetery of the Quesnoy and its extension host 189 war graves of the Commonwealth War Graves Soldier’s Commission who died in November 1918, of which 49 are New Zealanders. Le Quesnoy is forever linked to the city of Cambridge in New Zealand. A vivid nice memorial for all to see and not forget. 

le quesnoy mem new zealand wwI PF jun02

In WWII, once defeated the Algerian Tirailleurs Battalion, which defended Jolimetz with a few tanks in support after the Nazis’ breakthrough through the defences of the Sambre, the 5th Panzer stood in front of the ramparts of the Quesnoy on 18 May 1940 towards the end of the afternoon. The Nazis of the 5th Panzer, who are preparing a new attack with tanks and heavy artillery, propose to the defenders to give their surrender, which they accept in the afternoon. By September 1st 1944 the local resistance put up a fight all over the city, forcing the nazis to retreat into Belgium so liberated the city of Le Quesnoy !

The City of Le Quesnoy on its heritage: http://www.lequesnoy.fr/vivre-a-le-quesnoy/lhistoire-de-la-ville/

The local towns and villages of the Avesnois on Le Quesnoy heritage : https://villesetvillagesdelavesnois.org/lequesnoy/le_quesnoy.html

The Mormal country tourist office on Le Quesnoyhttps://www.tourisme-paysdemormal.fr/visiter-quesnoy.html

There you go folks, hope it helps come over to this wonderful northern region of the Nord, unique and different but still my belle France. Le Quesnoy is one of those town that are full of history and architecture but seldom gets recognition by the visitors. Hope it helps you discovered them.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 17, 2022

Mauberge ,the north of France!!

I updated and now updating again with new text and old pictures from visiting nearby family in the Nord dept 59 of my belle France. We took advantage of visiting older brother of my wife and decided to do short road warrior trips along the Belgian border. We came to the picturesque town of Mauberge. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Mauberge rondpoint du pont de sambre

I take you closer to family and times expent there for years since 1990. On this particular road warrior trip, I like to take you to visit a nice city along the Franco-Belgian border, that is Mauberge in the department 59 of the Nord, in the region of Hauts de France.

mauberge pl jean mabuse MF et PF et Twins jun02

We were nearby by so why not do a run and see something new, this time in the Nord to see the small town of Mauberge  with its wall fortifications going back to 1676, the museum les Corps de Garde, and the nice places to eat with good beers of the Nord (north).  And I go on with some update wonderful information to help you visit this wonderful frontier town.  Maubeuge is a town near the Franco-Belgian border  only 7 km north of the city. The province passes to the House of Austria from 1478 to 1513, and to the House of Spain from 1513 to 1678. Maubeuge was definitively attached to France by the Treaty of Nijmegen of 1678, ratified by King Louis XIV a few days later, and by the King of Spain Carlos II , a few days further on.

Mauberge ecluse de la sambre

A bit of history I like

In 1678, the signing of the Treaty of Nijmegen ended the war in the United Provinces. This treaty allows France to fill a fortified border in the north of its territory. This line of fortifications is almost identical to our current border with Belgium (from Dunkirk to Givet). The ensemble imagined for Maubeuge is composed of a line of ramparts of a height of ten meters flanked by seven bastions in Roll-ons. To close the space between two bastions, a half-moon belt is added (completely surrounded by ditches). The construction of this ensemble lasted from 1679 to 1685 in the north, on the place Vauban, leaning against the wall the Porte de Mons, a stone work surmounted by attics as of the Mansart style. Built in 1682 with materials of local origin two buildings from the military heritage have survived; the powder shop located near the rue de la Croix exhibits a vaulted room covered with a thick earth mount. The Arsenal built between 1678 and 1689 develops a long silhouette on three levels (103 meters long by 12 meters wide). This building is part of the barracks planned at the time to house the troops of the garrison.

During the French revolution in 1793, the siege was placed before the city by the Austrians of the Prince of Saxe-Coburg. A few months later it was the Battle of the Sambre, in 1794, which took over Maubeuge, and ended with the victory of the French revolutionaries, thus securing the conquest of Belgium.

Following the defeat of the Napoleonic armies in Leipzig in October 1813, the coalition forces invaded France. The stronghold of Maubeuge resisted victoriously in 1814 to the attacks of the Duke of Saxe-Weimar troops. During the Hundred Days, Napoleon’s troops prepared here for the nearby Battle of Waterloo. Three days after this defeat, on June 21, 1815, Maubeuge was besieged by 12 000 Prussians and had to surrender. Followed by three years of occupation of the Prussian and then Russian troops.

In WWI will re-test the city until finally liberated by the British on 9 November 1918. WWII, on the other hand, had a disastrous effect on the city destroying the heart of Maubeuge at more than 90%. On September 2, 1944, the city was liberated from the Nazis occupier by the American’ 3rd Armoured Division known as SpearHead , led by Gen Maurice Rose.

The town other than fortications has a nice Zoo , to visit is worth the detour. The Zoo of Mauberge: http://www.zoodemaubeuge.fr/wp/

The city of Mauberge on its heritage:https://ville-maubeuge.fr/la-patrimoine-maubeugeois/

The Sambre-Avesnois tourist office on Mauberge and the zoo: https://www.partagetonsecret.com/avoirafaire

The local towns and villages of the Avesnois on Mauberge heritage :  https://villesetvillagesdelavesnois.org/maubeuge/maubeuge.html

There you go folks, hope it helps come over to this wonderful northern region of the Nord, unique and different but still my belle FranceMauberge  are those town that are full of history and architecture but seldom gets recognition by the visitors. Hope it helps you discovered them.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 17, 2022

Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade of Toulouse!

I am again walking along the pink city of Toulouse. I finally stop by the  Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade of Toulouse. If you read my blog, you know the pink city of Toulouse is sentimental to me as my dear late wife Martine,late father Pierre worked in the city and was from nearby Lavaur. This is an update with new text and additional older pictures from my vault. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church is located rue de la Dalbade in the Carmelite quarter. Its current name comes from the old church which preceded it and which was covered with a white coating of lime, giving it the name of Santa Maria Dealbata (Sainte-Marie la blanche). The current building, quite austere from the outside, is typical of southern Gothic architecture.

Toulouse ch Notre Dame de la Dalbade front

The first church stood in place from 541 at the end of the 15C on the site of a first oratory. It ends up devastated by a fire on October 27, 1442 ,despite its disappearance, the current name of the dalbade ,which derives from the dealbata was preserved.  The construction of the current church dates from the end of the 15C, around 1480. Its bell tower was built in 1551. Symbol of ecclesiastical power, its spire which culminated at 87 meters was dismantled in 1795 during the French revolution. It was rebuilt in 1881, raised to 91 meters, and marked the highest point of the city until 1926. It collapsed brutally in the night of April 11 to 12, 1926.

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The medieval fortress-like church with thick walls, narrow openings and a north tower with battlements presents on the front, an Italian Renaissance tympanum, made of ceramic which represents a copy of the Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico. This flamboyant decor was done in 1874. The renaissance portal dates from 1537. The portal dates from the Renaissance, in the middle a statue of the Virgin and Child, on the left Sainte-Catherine and on the right Sainte-Barbe. The ceramic tympanum is from 1878 after the coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico. The statues on the left Saint-Germier and below Saint-John the Baptist; on the right the bishop Saint-Rémi and below Saint-Sébastien. The originals are kept in the Chapel of Saint-Germier. Below the rose window, the baby Jesus is standing. The Welcome Chapel, we see a wooden carved statue of the Virgin Mary with the child, the Chapel of the Carmel tradition, we see a statue of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, a statue of Sainte-Jeanne D’Arc, and an 18C painting representing Sainte-Thérèse d’Avila. The Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, a monument to the memory of the Hospitallers of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem , and a painting representing the Visitation from the 18C.  the Chapel of Sainte-Barbe (Saint Barbara), an 18C painting representing Sainte-Barbe, a statue of Saint John the Evangelist, and a statue of Sainte-Germaine de Pibrac. The Chapel of Saint-Pierre, before the choir: Round wooden hump from the 16C representing Saint-Pierre walking on the water. This statue was venerated by the brotherhood of fishermen and boatmen of Tounis. Initially in the chapel of the baptismal font, it was damaged by the fall of the bell tower in 1926. The choir has a Nativity of the Virgin , and four paintings from the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Despax. The large stained glass windows at the back tell the story of Mary’s life: the Presentation in the temple, the Annunciation, the Nativity of Jesus, the Assumption.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Dalbade with a statue of the Virgin Mary with the child. Chapel of Saint-Germier with statues of Saint-Germier, Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Sébastien. Chapel of Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel, a bas-relief by Henry Maurette from 1891, the scene depicts the Blessed Virgin presenting the “Scapulaire” du Mont Carmel to Saint-Simon Stock in 1251, in Cambridge. Chapel of Christ of suffering with the reliquary busts of Saint-Saturnin and Saint-Germier, in the middle is a stone statue from the 16C: Ecce Homo (Christ of Mercy).  The Fonts-Baptismaux Chapel (baptismal chapel), with a scene representing the crucifixion of Jesus, with the Virgin Mary on the left, and Saint John the Evangelist on the right. At the foot was a wooden Pietà from the 16C. This crucifix was originally that of the oratory of Salin in the 15C, it was known as the “Miraculous Christ of the Salin”, transferred to Dalbade in the 16C and hidden during the French revolution. The organ Originally built in 1888, inaugurated on November 22, 1888, it was restored in 2009.

The Toulouse tourist office on the church: https://www.toulouse-visit.com/notre-dame-de-la-dalbade/toulouse/pcumid031fs000a7

The Parish Cathedral of Toulouse on the church: http://paroissescathedraletoulouse.fr/home-2/culture-et-tourisme/notre-dame-de-la-dalbade/

There you go folks, a bit long but worth it me think of this wonderful Church of Notre Dame de la Dalbade. Another dandy monument in the pink city of Toulouse. Hope you enjoy and do visit, let me know.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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