Discovering 3 cities full of history: Cambrai, Arras, Tournai, 2 days with a group of German Swiss

Discovering 3 cities full of history: Cambrai, Arras, Tournai, 2 days with a group of German Swiss

A travel agency for which I had already worked asked me to take in charge a group of German Swiss. I knew how much seniors loved French culture. Locating the spots, contacts with volunteers to have usually closed doors being opened, exchanges of emails with the travel agency, good understanding with the driver, all the ingredients to do a good preparation!

The cruise on a barge crossed the north of France, passed in Belgium and ended in the Netherlands. Cultural stops punctuated the journey.

Cambrai: the Cathedral and Cardinal Fénelon’s imprint on the city, St-Géry church (Rubens painting, 18th century liturgical clothing), the Town Hall (art deco and the wedding hall), the fortifications and the Citadel … without forgetting the gourmet break “Bêtises de Cambrai”.

Lunch on the cruise barge

Arras: the Places, St. John the Baptist Church (another painting by Rubens), the Cathedral (specially opened for us), the Town Hall. And the coffee break in front of the belfry.

Tournai: rendez-vous at the barge on the Schelde. The city center, the cathedral (even in works it is worth the guided tour), the belfry, the Grand’Place, and already the return to the cruiseboat …

What I keep in mind:

  • the group “appreciated ” discovering the cities by taking time…
  • the group was thankful having the documents in German so that they had a written record of the discoveries

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