Arrondissement de Bastogne

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  • Day470

    Houffalize, Country #12, Belgium!

    October 9, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ 🌫 8 °C

    Leaving Luxembourg we entered Belgium; country number 12 of our European Tour! We are planning to spend 6.5 weeks here before returning to the UK for the first time in what will be nearly 17 months. We read today that the 'old' £1 coins would no longer be currency on 15th October. We didn't even know there was a new £1 coin! What other changes will await us on our return we wonder?

    As well as exploring on our own, we are meeting up with Will's daughter Beth and our son in law Richard for a weekend in Brussels before going WWOOFing for 10 days on a fruit and veg farm near Ypres.

    Our first stop, at Houffalize, wasn't far over the border. The little town had provided a free 10 place stellplatz divided from the car park by a mature Beech hedge. It was quiet and looked out on to a tree covered slope that rose gently away and had an enticing play park down a path to the right (to Will's dissapointment it was behind an 8ft fence with locked gates).

    It was Monday morning when we arrived and Will went to explore the shops. He returned soon afterwards exclaiming "It's shut!" "What?" "The town! It's shut!". We've found that several towns with small shops have made the effort to open at the weekend, but close on Mondays. We decided to stay a 2nd night and were pleased to find most shops in the compact centre were open on Tuesday. Our favourite was the charcuterie making and selling traditional Ardennes paté and saucisson, of which they had an impressive range.
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  • Day506

    Return to Houffalize, 500 Days Abroad!

    November 14, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ 🌫 1 °C

    It was only from looking at uploaded footprints on this blog we realised that on the 12th of November we had been on the European continent continuously for a full 500 days! Vicky especially is feeling like she is in limbo, wanting to live in and explore Belgium but perched on the edge of our return visit home, with all the thoughts of this occupying her mind. We are therefore really glad we took the chance to spend such a long time away and immerse ourselves in the 'here and now' of living in each country.

    The road to our next stopover took us up along a ridge of high land. As we climbed through thick mist, we began to see patches of snow on the verges! It became gradually thicker until it spread over the fields, with only tussocks of grass sticking through. Winter has really arrived and with Vicky getting stuck in to Christmas crochet, we are beginning to feel festive!

    It wasn't long before we dropped down below the snow line. After a while winding our way through the beautiful Ardennes countryside we arrived at the aire in Houffalize, the first place we'd stayed after arriving in Belgium. It was a secluded stopover and there were several nice little shops in town that we wanted to visit. Soon after arriving, Vicky took it upon herself to sort through the boot, putting aside a few things we could afford to do without, in order to clear space and reduce the weight on our straining suspension. We knew we'd want to stock up on drinks and a few xmas presents to take back to the UK and this seemed an ideal time for a clearout.

    Amid the chaos, Will slipped out to the charcuterie where we'd previously bought Ardennes paté and salami. We'd asked then whether they had anything organic but after being told they didn't, Will decided not to ask again. Imagine his suprise when the assistant remembered him and began telling him about the organic deer paté they had made! Of course he bought some and came back to the van marvelling at the personalised service and positive response to our enquiry. This is one of the reasons we like shopping at small independent businesses!

    On the first morning we took a walk over the nearby river and up the forested hill opposite, from where we could look down on the town. Skirting round, we approached the highstreet from the far end. Seeing a rather posh bakery and confectioner, we bought a baguette and selection of chocolates. The person serving put on his dedicated white gloves and picked out each chocolate we chose individually. They were all placed in a little box and tied with a ribbon, both of which were specially designed for the shop.

    It was good to return to this little town, there was more to discover than we had managed to get round to on our previous visit and when we travel as strangers so much of the time, it was lovely to be remembered by the charcuterie assistant.
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  • Day2

    Ardennes Birthday weekend

    June 8 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    A wonderful birthday weekend in the Ardennes. We enjoyed camping (C&P Buitensport), mountainbiking (best in Belgium so far) and canoeing. We also improvised in order to 'braai' for two nights at the campsite.

  • Day31

    Viesalm, Belgium

    June 25 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Vielsalm: It is hard to explain how every day of cycling seems to have the same structure, but so much diversity that it makes it “the best day ever.” Does this sound fun? We woke up in a stranger’s House, Proceeded to how to make coffee and ate some day-old bread before riding nearly 70 miles in 90° heat. We had a climbs that were over 15% gradient, and and sandwiches and old potato chips for lunch. Later we tried to find our host house, and went to the wrong house and could not communicate with the resident as they only spoke French. This may not sound the best, but it is the best part of bicycle touting... Routine, uncomfortableness, diversity, adventure...and lots of laughs! In the morning we had picturesque views along the Belgian-Luxembourg border. The weather was getting hot when we reached Bastogne, were we would join the race route of the 2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège race route. Only two major climbs today and nine tomorrow! Our day ended in Viesalm with a rest st a gazebo on the lake and then dinner and an evening walk with our host Violette and her family. We had a fun time without the family and a great night of sleep!Read more

  • Day3


    October 4 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Belgien 🇧🇪 - ein Land in dem die Autobahnen taghell beleuchtet werden... so lässt es sich auch im Dunkeln gut reisen.
    Und damit haben wir auf unserer ein weiteres Land durchkreuzt... weiter gehts nach Luxemburg 🇱🇺

  • Day6


    April 12 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Zwischenstopp in Bastogne, wo die Schlacht in den Ardennen stattfand. Über 70.000 Soldaten wurden getötet, verletzt oder vermisst.
    Das riesige Denkmal ist Zeichen der Dankbarkeit des Belgischen Volks an die USA.

  • Day4


    June 15, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Das Wetter wurde schlechter, Gewitter drohte. Sicherheitshalber machten wir einen Stopp in Bastogne. Den Panzer als Schutz brauchten wir nicht, denn die Gewitter zogen vorbei.
    Immerhin gab's noch Pommes Frites und was zu trinken.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement de Bastogne, Bastogne, Arrondissement Bastenaken

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