Monday, 11 January 2021

Départements de France: Ardennes


This is the next instalment of a new monthly feature going through the 95 Departments of France in alphabetical/numerical order to check out things of interest. I hope you enjoy it


Location – In the North East – has a border with Belgium


Origin of name – named after a Forest of the same name





Prefecture – Charleville-Mézières (only about 50K). Place Ducale.  Home to an international Puppet festival.


Historical titbits – the only department to have been fully occupied by Germany in WWI.  Also part of the site for the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.


Signature foods – Boudin blanc de Bethel, Jambon Sec


Famous places to visit – Chateau de Sedan, Mézières (stained glass), Monthermé,



Famous people from Ardennes – Robert de Sorbon (founder of the Sorbonne), Rimbaud (poet), Yannick Noah (tennis)


Go to this Pinboard to see the Departments of France so far.

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