A half hour drive down further south from Azincourt and we arrived at Crécy-en-Ponthieu.
There is a tower from which you can overlook the battlefield and I believe it stands on the spot where there used to be the windmill from where Richard III coördinated the battle. Atop was also handy plaque with the English deployments and the French advance.
|I kind of crapped this up when taking two seperate photos|
|"To John of Luxemburg, king of Bohemia,|
and his valiant comrades-in-arms who died
for France at Crécy on August 26, 1346"
Now the museum itself, if it warrants to be called a museum, was somewhat hidden away in a small street near the main road of town. Located in what must have been once a little school, the museum consists of three chambers. What? I hear you ask. Yes, three classrooms is all you get. However the entry price was only 2€ so that evened things out.
The first room was dedicated to the battle of Crécy, with the obligatory maquette, battlefield finds and replica's. If there's one thing they need bad, it's a decent Perry's diorama of the battle :D
The second room Held for some part other local finds not connected to the battle itself and gifts from a medieval reenactement group.
|It also had this, and it sort of made up|
for the crappiness of my Crécy experience
The third room contained a lot of stuff from World War II, mostly things that probably belonged to the locals or maybe smalltime collectors. If I understood correctly there would have been a V1 launch facility nearby.
And since I was there I also went by the nearby town of Domvast because of this article.
It was also posted on the TMP messageboards.
From there we drove onwards to the seaside, halting for a while on a small beach town called Stella-Plage, before going to Montreuil. As you can see in the next photos is a fortified city from a much later age than Crécy or Azincourt. By the location of the sun you can also see that we were just too late to enter the citadel which housed a museum of the local history. For the interested, the citadel was built in 1567 on the place of an older 13th century castle, its ramparts were built in 1670.
A last note for the interested is that the city of Montreuil has a pub, "Le Douglass", on its main square. But instead of getting any Irish; English; Scottish; or even Welsh drinks, you could only get imported Belgian beers and a few local ones. Weirdest 'pub' I've been too so far. Nice people though.