Belfroi.I have been "collecting" belfroi along the way. These are a common site in this part of France. Their carrilions ring out in the towns as I go through. I have been lucky enough to hear some "concerts" in some places and in others I hear them ringing out the hour or part thereof. When this happen though, there is likely to be a clash of sounds at some point as the nearby clock is also likely to have some sort of chime ansd so there can be quite a deluge of sound at times!
Many of these houses around the square were destroyed in the (1st) War, and have been faihfully restored.
I climbed the belfroi in Arras - what a mistake! I was fine at the bottom and at the top - it was just getting there! The lift up to the bottom of the stairs was OK but the 40 steps after that were for me terrifying - not so much the going up, but the thought of coming down. Added to that I somehow managed to get caught up in a group of German tourists. I went in the lift with the first 6, had a quick look at the town from the top, and the massive market that had arrived in the early hours of the morning, and then headed back down, knowing that somewhere on the tiny spiral staircase I was going to meet another 6 Germans coming up! I didn't take my eyes off the the stairs going down, because I was fearful of the massive drop down! I managed to get to a stopping point and waited for the 6 clomping their way up the stairs before dashing down and catching the return lift. My one and only belfroi visit I am afraid - I will admire them from the ground in future, though I am just about out of the area where these lovely landmarks are.
The first belfroi I saw - the Town Hall and Belfroi in Calais