Noyon was founded as Noviomagus by the Galls (Celts), the name meaning “New Field” or “Market.” It was later changed to Noviomum under the Romans, morphing into Noyon. It has a fabulous 105 meter long early Gothic church (and former cathedral). In the Romanesque cathedral which once stood on the same site before it burned in 1131, Charlemagne was crowned as co-King of the Franks in 768. Hugh Capet was crowned here as well, as the first Capetian king, in 987. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noyon_Cathedral Joan of Arc fought the British here, at the Somme River. The Maire (City Hall) is a superbly restored Gothic structure, suffering significant WWI damage.
The Treaty of Noyon (1516) ended the War of the League of Cambrai, part of the Italian wars. As part of the Italian war most of the town was burned in 1557 by Phillip II.
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I received this via my email account— Gary HEADLINE: Captain Gary Kirkpatrick anticipates total French canal tunnel efficiency as guests arrive at various times for the Summer season on Vikings Paris to Strasbourg cruise. Canal speeds are manageable with ample time to enjoy the lovely northeast countryside for even the most novice of cruiser. Passengers enjoy an array of French culinary treats beginning with fresh brewed espresso or cappuccino in delightful country cafes while anticipating various opportunities of posh-noshing throughout the day. Guests can expect hours of witty conversation with occasional outbreaks of unexpected jocularity. While the epidemic may still threaten with minor inconveniences and weather conditions may fluctuate between heat and rain, Captain Kirkpatrick maintains an attitude of “Damn the torpedoes, full spree ahead.”
Also this one, from another old friend: ‘Such a Renaissance man and woman…”