There are some cities that we know well but we don’t really see them. You know, these cities where we go to see the family. If we go there it’s not to visit the city but to see the people we love. We only stroll in the streets to get from point A to point B and we see the city without really seeing it. One day you finally take the time to look around and you ask yourself: “How could I’ve missed this all these years?!”.
I’ve studied 5 years in Lille but I’ve only realized how beautiful it was several years after I left it. I’ve talked to you about it here.
the same thing happened with Besançon because it’s the city were my dad grew up and where my grandparents, my uncle, my aunt and my cousins still live. It’s a city where I’m used going often since I was born but for me Besançon was just the place where my family lived, nothing more and the place where I could do 10 poney rides at Micaud park, climb to the Citadelle in a little train to go see the “kangaroo-rabbits” and where my cousin and I used to mix all the ingredients we could find in my grandma’s kitchen. In a few words, it was a city important for the people who were living there and for the memories I’ve created but certainly not for the city itself.
Besançon is not however an uninteresting city, “au contraire”! It’s an historical city where there are 170 protected historical monuments, a testimony of its rich past. It’s the cradle of famous people like Victor Hugo or the Lumière brothers who have their birth house almost in front of each other.
archaeological vestige at Castan Square
Saint Pierre church
Saint Jacques hospital
Saint Maurice church
Architecturally speaking, the city is interesting too. Most of the buildings are built with Chailluz stone which explains the colors blue-grey and ochre. It’s a picturesque town with beautiful facades and colorful doors.
hôtel de Buyer
The curved window bars made of forged iron that you can see on the picture above are a particular feature of the city.
It’s especially by pushing the doors that you will discover the real architecture treasures of Besançon because behind these doors hide private courtyards and Besançon stair cases. There are more than 200! I can’t imagine that I’ve just discovered them now!
During a stroll with my grandma I’ve discovered that my dad was born in this clinic turned into a small hotel.
The courtyard located at the number 110 on Grande rue is one of the most beautiful ones with this double wooden and forged iron stairs and this mosaic wall.
The private mansion Terrier de Santans is absolutely fabulous even if the day I took this picture my grandpa almost died by trying to play a joke on me. Joker one day, joker everyday!
Here is what the joker looks like. :) .
Besançon casino also is worth seeing outside and inside. My grandpa made it a habit to invite us all to have lunch at the casino restaurant every time we visited them because the dishes are sophisticated and delicious. Since the owner changed it’s not at good as it was… I’m so sad about it!
Let’s finish with these few pictures that I took during flea market day. It’s here that I’ve found this beautiful copper teapot which was the reason why my grandpa tried a joke on me.
Voilà, all of that is to say that we must learn to look and see what’s around us because beauty is everywhere for those who are able to see.
What do you think? what’s “your Besançon » ? The city you know well but you’ve only discovered after several years?