‘Mont Cornu – Ardenne Goes Back in Time’ at Montcornet
At the foot of the medieval castle of Montcornet, a special site showcasing villages of antiquity will open to the public in June. Known as “Mont Cornu: Ardenne goes back in time”, the site will include five types of villages: Gallic, Gallo-Roman, Merovingian, Carolingian and High Middle Ages with a grand hall dedicated to the crafts. Visitors can learn about both civilian and military life from these periods such as the clothes, food, crafts and arms. The inauguration of Mont Cornu will take place on the 1st and 2nd of June with a special weekend of festivities including a bird of prey display, jousting, re-enactments, medieval dances and more.
Photo Credit: MontCornu
Summer 2019: NEW Interpretation Centre of Sedan
The old bathhouse of this historical town has been converted into a new centre showcasing the architectural history and heritage of Sedan and its medieval fortress. The ‘Maison du Patrimoine’ will offer visitors an interactive experience with exhibition areas, hands-on activities combined with an information centre for Sedan.
Photo credit: LALA ARCHTECTURE
2019: NEW hiking trail following in the footsteps of poet Paul Verlaine
The French poet Paul Verlaine moved to Juniville in 1880 to live near one of his former pupils with whom he was in an equivocal relationship. The poet rented a house opposite the village inn, the Lion d’Or, where he would go to converse, drink and write at the inn’s long table. However, the project was not a success and the boy’s parents moved away with their son, leaving Verlaine in despair.
Today, the Lion d’Or has been transformed into the charming Verlaine Museum, showcasing the life and work of the poet with exhibits including some original furniture and personal objects. The museum has been classified as a ‘Maison des Illustres’ (House of the Great).
A new trail in the village tells the story of the time of the poet in this southern Ardennes village.
Photo credit: otpr Musee Verlaine
into the Argonne Animal Park
At Olizy-Primat (10 min from Vouziers), the Argonne Discovery Park is an animal paradise in the midst of the Forest of Argonne. Its 13 hectares (32 acres) combine recreational activities with the opportunity to discover nature in the wild. Visitors may watch two packs of wolves, racoons, raptors and other birds in flight including eagles, vultures and great horned owls.The indoors Nocturnia area recreates night-time to reveal the nocturnal world with bats, hedgehogs, toads, genets, insects and other fish. Visitors may also enjoy a film about wolves. For sport and food lovers, there is a “bouncy hammock” and a terrace restaurant at tree-top level.
Photo Credit: Anne Frezard for PAD
Notes to editors: Part of the Grand Est region of France, the Ardenne is named after the hilly plateau, the ‘Ardenne Massif”. The ‘Ardenne Massif’ encompasses parts of Belgium to the north and Luxembourg to the east and is renowned for the natural beauty of its landscapes, such as the valleys of the Meuse and Semoy rivers, thick forests and rocky peaks. The Ardenne is an ideal destination for lovers of the outdoors, nature and activities such as hiking and cycling.