Belgium
Liège Province

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  • Day503

    Lac de la Gileppe

    November 11, 2017 in Belgium

    From Dutch speaking Belgium, we passed into the low wooded hills of the Ardennes and French speaking Belgium. Frituures changed to Friteries and boulangeries became more frequent.

    It was bad timing that Flanders, the area we were moving away from, was celebrating Martinmass, where children would be processing through the streets with paper lanterns or carved beetroots with lights inside, singing "Sinntemette" songs, sometimes with a man dressed as St Martin riding ahead of them on a horse. Friends and family would be passing on toys from St Martin and a special meal, sometimes of goose, would be eaten.

    We are beginning to get a bit confused with all these different celebrations! Another thing that we were losing track of was what language to speak, as we had decided to pop into Germany to return our deposit bottles and buy some crates of alcohol free beer for the trip back to the UK.

    If it wasn't for the border sign, we would have known we were in Germany by the recycling bins (good) and billboards advertising cigarettes (bad). We soon pulled up at a Getrankenhaus which supplied us with a couple of crates from their excellent range of beers.

    Back in Belgium we pulled off the highway on to a dead end road that lead to Lac de la Gileppe and its stopover with free electricity. There aren't that many lakes in this country, so this one (really a reservoir) was a big focus for the area. It was a beautiful setting, in a valley thick with autumnal woodland. Darkness closed in quickly after we arrived but the next day we explored. A covered viewpoint allowed us to look down on the reservoir and the dam-top boulevard from high on the valley slope. It was beautiful to see the tree canopy of orange, gold, yellow and brown spread out so far, broken only by the glassy surface of the lake and the small river trickling out of its base, cutting a course through the hills.

    A 5km trail took us along the top of the dam, past the huge stone lion, down through the woods, with beech leaves that almost glowed golden before falling to create a copper carpet. Crossing the river we climbed the 106 steps back to the visitor centre and spent a little time looking at the backlit displays and watching a short documentary about how the dam was built to ensure a clean supply of water all year round for the wool industry.

    Next, a glass sided elevator took us 77m up to the panorama restaurant at the top of the tower and afforded brilliant views over the lake and forest. We spent a little time looking at a photographic display of the local area but the restaurant looked a bit too posh for a quick drink and snack so we decided to visit the down to earth café at the bottom of the tower. The sky had been getting progressively darker as a bank of cloud closed quickly in on the tower. As we were waiting for the elevator they reached us and the panoramic windows were engulfed by a blizzard of snow! It lasted only a few minutes but it was impressive!

    By the time we were at ground level it had cleared up and we watched a group of Scouts using leaves, mud and twigs to build temporary dams against the surface run off. We were happy to be warm inside, with Vicky eating 'Crepe Gileppe' and us both drinking '77' beer; a 7.7% craft ale brewed specially for visitors of the 77m high lake tower and served in its own individually designed glass.
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  • Day11

    The restaurants usually close down at about 2:30 in the afternoon and don't open again until 7pm. There was people sitting on the patio watching the FIFA game so we asked if we could get anything to eat. They said no but changed their mind when we went to leave. We had a terrific dinner on their beautiful patio.

  • Day11

    Hotel Sirus, Huy, Belgium

    July 1 in Belgium

    We agree this is the best hotel yet (although it was supposed to have a tub). We were awfully warm in Arras as there was no air conditioning. This place has the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in!

  • Day13

    Did a little shopping this morning. As you wandered the cobblestone streets the shopkeepers would shout "bonjour Madam". It felt like I was in Disney's Beauty and the Beast movie. Clothes are expensive here.

  • Day12

    We decided to head out for a drive to see the countryside in Belgium. It's stunningly beautiful! We stopped in at this restaurant in a small village. It was very good but the usual slow laid back service. We were there for over 2 hours but the apple caramel crepe dessert made it all worthwhile!

  • Day40

    Aachen

    June 3, 2016 in Belgium

    Luxembourg to Aachen
    Major dramas with trains. Staff very helpful at station. We got an official paper re : train strike Belgium so we were able to travel via Germany o Aachen. We haven't had to buy another ticket so far. Nawawext stop was Kolbenz Hbf butt rain was delayed and we missed the connecting train for Cologne. Another official paper & 1 hour later we are back on a train IC one., first stop Koln (Cologne). Stephen called Deborah& explained. Hopefully next connection will occur smoothly. What we have seen through the train Windows is mostly lovely green countryside, lots of terraced vineyards on the hillsides. Oh yes we saw a group of deer in a field - cream with tan markings. The rivers are almost overflowing their banks from all the recent rains. Very grey cloudy skies ,now passing river barges on churning water.After a quick rail chane at Cologne , 2 min to spare we left for Aachen. Deborah& Emelian were there to meet us!She took us to our apartment , we dumped our gear and we drove to park .We then walked around the town with Deborah as guide.We then had drinks at a cafe & stopped at their place to get the cake. She drove us to meet her parents in The Netherlands for afternoon tea, which was lovely. Renee had stayed here in high school on exchange when she was 16. It was pouring with rain when we left for Deborah's apartment and she made a delicious asparagus soup and a tart followed by yummy strawberries in mars alone, cream with vanilla bean. We had a lovely time meeting Andie& we walked back to the apartment at 10:40.Lovely apartment , a shame we didn't get to use its facilities- kitchenette. Deborah and Emelian met us at 9:30 & we drove to a nice cafe for brunch- I wasn't so impressed with my choice and my soft boiled egg was hard. S had smoked salmon. Afterwards we went back to the car which was at Emelian's dad's parents house. We left E there and Deborah walked us back into Aachen. We went to see the memorabilia in the treasury- gold religious articles and vessels, Royal and papist clothing, some paintings. It is all gelcap within a steel door vault. We then went inside the Aachen Cathedral which commissioned by Charlamagne in the 8 C . It was added onto afterwards as well but it was a moorish structure and 8sided. Very colourful with its tiled ceilings and marbled pillars and patterned floors.We went for a coffee and cake- I had a gooseberry tart with almond in meringue on top and a pastry base- ice cream. Not too sweet! Stephen had a chocolate dessert. We walked back to Deborah's home & put our washing in her dryer. Not long after she neede to go and pick up E. Andie has come home.Read more

  • Day5

    Spa Francorchamps

    June 5, 2017 in Belgium

    Elérkezett Sanci (egyik) nagy napja az utazás során, mert ma voltunk a Spa-i pályán, ahol vezette a kis Mazdat. 4x25 perces vezetésre fizetett be és nagyon élvezte. Olyan cuki volt ❤️közben ebedeltunk egyet, shoppingoltunk a boltban valami kis emléket, ebedeltunk egyet és körbe jártuk a lelatokat is. Kétszer mentem Sanyival együtt, tényleg szuper volt és maradtam kint is h a leletorol felvételeket készítsek rola. Jó kis nap lett belőle 😃Read more

  • Day3

    Rabeneltern in Spa

    April 8, 2017 in Belgium

    Hier gibt es nichts zu erzählen. Wir waren ja nicht dabei.

    Fairerweise muss man sagen, wir hätten auch keine Lust gehabt. Den kleinen Hofmännern geht das auch so. Nach 900 km gestern, nochmal 400km hin und auch wieder zurück.

  • Day20

    Seizième Étape (2/2): Soumagne

    June 8, 2017 in Belgium

    Heute 530 km in 12,5 Stunden!!
    Zurück in Belgien haben wir uns als erstes eine Friterie gesucht und die belgischen Pommes verkostet. Die Rindernierenfett-Pommes sind wirklich super! 🍟
    Einen Campingplatz haben wir in Soumange, in der Nähe von Lüttich gefunden, der gehört zum Park-, Schloss- und Freizeitkomplex De Wégimont. Das konnten wir bei einem Abendspaziergang gleich auskosten und den Park mit den Teichen besichtigen. Für die Freibadbenutzung sind wir leider zu spät angekommen. 🏊
    Mal sehen wie weit wir morgen kommen...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Province de Liège, Province de Liege, Lüttich, Liège Province, Liège, Luik

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