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  • Day178

    Catching our breath

    April 23, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We've been a little remiss lately about posting. We're not afraid to admit it ... we're getting tired. We had our first less than stellar Airbnb experience in Auvers, the town from which we visited the Normandy beaches. Let's just say the best part was the little goslings, though the mother goose was terrifying.

    We left a day early and had a surprise stay in Cambrai. We loved our 8th floor studio with a view of some WWI (we think) ruins. We had one of our better meals yet at a hole in the wall restaurant recommended by our host and left for Belgium feeling considerably better.

    We are staying in a little vacation home in a development up in the hills. Very comfortable. We are grateful for the pellet stove, however, because it's damp and low 50's. Maybe 40's. It's 25 minutes to Dinant which is a beautiful little town right on the River Meuse and I would not have thought to go there. We will try for some photos tomorrow.

    But we are getting tired. More and more inclined to just sit. In a few days we will have been on the road for 6 months. Hopefully we'll get a second wind as we still have over 5 weeks til we head back to the states.

    Anyway, the Belgian beer is definitely worth the trip and we're right on the Beer Trail. We're toasting to all our friends and family who are loyally keeping us company as we wander.
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  • Day177

    First Belgium beer tasting

    April 22, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    It was being too difficult to get out to the Beer brewing Abbys today for tasting. However we happened upon a store in Dinant that sold beer by the bottle. We picked out a selection of Abby beers for the evening. We morn the beers that feel during tasting, but they fell for a worthy cause. Excellent beers!Read more

  • Day3

    ... in Dinant

    May 13, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Another great day traveling with good weather and only five minutes rain. The day started with us visiting a factory I was involved with many years ago. It was great to see it being in such good condition and so well managed by my good friend Philippe.
    After our tour of Miller Graphics we headed south on a route carefully plotted by Mandy and ruthlessly edited by the sat nav which was determined to take us on motorways and not on the chosen way.
    As a surprise Mandy took me to see a barge lift at Mons which can lift barges weighing 1350 tonnes through 73 metres in about 6 minutes with not a drop of water leaking as it lifted 8000 tonnes in total. It has two independent lifts. A real feat of engineering.
    We are staying with 23 other MG's at this very nice hotel in Dinant. The food is very good. The rooms are nice and the MG owners and partners are very friendly.
    After a good night's sleep we went into town and visited the church and the Citadel which sits above the town and played a significant part in the first world war. In our way out we met a bunch of Malay tourists who asked us to stop the car so they could take photos.
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  • Day179

    Dinant II

    April 24, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Dinant is the closest town of significance to our holiday village in Hastiere and we are so glad it is. We visited it for a second time today.

    Aside from actually snapping some photos, we visited the amazing cathedral with a stained glass window that must be 40 feet high.

    We had a terrific lunch at a Belgian tea and chocolate salon. The carrot coconut curry soup was superb and the salad a revelation of colors, textures and flavors. For dessert I had the cherry tarte and tea; Gordon had the pear and almond tarte with Belgian hot chocolate. Once he added sugar (which they brought out with the drink) he deemed it sublime. Sorry, no pics.

    Before heading back up into the hills, actually the foothills of the Ardenne mountains, we took a minute to pick up the beer selections for the evening's tasting. Mmmmm mm mm.
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  • Day792

    Hastière, Saint-Pierre und Saint-Nicolas

    October 21, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Jeder der beiden Ortsteile links und rechts der Maas weist eine eigene Kirche aus. Wir gehen hier über die Maasbrücke zur Touristeninformation, wo es einen Stempel gibt. Die offizielle Via Monastica geht noch ein Stück auf der östlichen Seite entlang, auf der westlichen Seite sind ebenso Wege vorhanden, insbesondere noch ein Stück der RAVeL.Read more

  • Day792

    Heer-Agimont, Grenze BE-FR

    October 21, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Der RAVeL biegt kurz vor der Grenze zu Frankreich ab und macht einen Umweg nach Givet. Geradeaus geht es an der Hauptstraße entlang kürzer in diese Grenzstadt, und so ist auch die Via Monastica ausgezeichnet. Der Treidepfad ist auf jeden Fall erst einmal zu Ende.Read more

  • Day4

    über Soulme hinab ins Tal des Hermeton

    May 19, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Ein wenig getrocknet und mit aufgefüllten Wasservorräten begebe ich mich weiter durch wunderschöne Wälder hinauf nach Soulme, eines dieser typisch urigen wallonischen Dörfern, mit seinen alten schieferbedeckten Bruchsteinhäusern. Hinter Soulme beginnt das Tal des Hermeton, einem Bach der sich über 10km hier hinunterschlängelt und letztendlich in die Maas fliesst. Da sich der Hermton tief hineingegraben hat, erwartet mich hier zwar ein genialer Trail, der aber auch einige Kletterpassagen bietet, die nach über 20km und mit 13kg auf dem Rücken nicht ohne sind. An der Maas angekommen begebe ich mich zum Camping Castel Mosan, der etwas abseits des Steigs an der Maas liegt. Dort gönne ich mir die erste Dusche nach 3 Tagen und schlafe später erschöpft ein.Read more

  • Day5

    Ehrenrunde um Hastière dann Blaimont

    May 20, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Ich verlasse frühmorgens den Campingplatz. Am Ende des Hermeton Tals steige ich wieder in den SAT ein und darf direkt Mal einige Höhenmeter hinlegen, zur Belohnung gibt es einene tollen Blick hinab zur Nebel bedeckten Maas. Anschliessend wieder hinunter nach Hastière wo ich mir beim Bäcker eine kleine Stärkung gönne. An der dortigen Kirche (Pilgerkirche, der Jakobsweg führt hier vorbei) gönne ich mir am Maasufer ein kleines Frühstück und steige anschliessend hinauf nach Blaimont.Read more

  • Day5

    Waulsort - Maastal

    May 20, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Nach einem kurzen Abstecher in Blaimont geht es gleich wieder hinab zur Maas und auf die Ortschaft Waulsort zu. Über zu wenig Höhenmeter kann ich mich bis jetzt nicht beklagen und es werden noch lange nicht die letzten für heute sein... Aber zumindest kommt heute die Sonne wieder zusehends zum Vorschein.Read more

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Hastière, Hastiere

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