It was a chemists located near to this bridge to which the young Simenon drew the
name Au Pont des Arches, the title of his first novel published in 1921 and sub-titled
Petit roman humouristique de moeurs liégeoises “A small humorous novel about Liège’s habits”.
Slowly, as if dazed by sleep,
the Meuse River flows, smoothly, caressed
by small yellow rays of sunlight that struggle to pierce
the blueish mist. On the bank, Quai de la Goffe deploys its full range
of colours, its lifeblood, where large baskets of fruit seem to exude a smell
of the dew-soaked countryside.
[Georges Simenon, Lettres à une petite bourgeoise].