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  • Day51

    Liege

    August 9, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Cyril drove us to Liège and spent the day with us, as our tour and entertainment guide. We had a great day wandering around the streets of Liège and finished up at a crazy little bar with a gathering of his friends from all around the world including some other Aussies.Read more

    Kaye Lane

    Not all those who wander are lost. Love that quirky bar.

    8/10/19Reply
    Kate King

    Sometimes you need a sugar fix! Loving your photos. Looks like you're having such a great time x

    8/11/19Reply
     
  • Day45

    Floreffe - Esperanzah Music Festival

    August 3, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Cyril kindly picked us up from Lille by car and in the afternoon we went to a nearby village, Floreffe, for a world music concert in the grounds of the old abbey. It was such a memorable experience - the setting was spectacular and the range of live music, food, beer and entertainment created a great vibe (over 36,000 people attend this festival). We loved every minute of it - thank you Cyril for sharing this night with us.Read more

    Melanie Leitch

    The beer in our village bar comes from Floreffe! (Or is named after the place) Enjoy. X

    8/6/19Reply
    Lara Marich

    Yes they do make the beer here!

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  • Day47

    Jambes/Namur

    August 5, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We have spent a few lovely days catching up with Cyril (we hosted Cyril at our house a few years ago when he was cycling around Australia). He cooked a traditional Belgium meal for us (along with his lovely house mate Florence) and we have loved exploring Namur by foot and the small boats that criss cross the river.Read more

  • Day23

    Dinant, Belgium

    June 14, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Dinant 14-17 June
    Dinant is a city in Belgium’s Walloon Region. It’s on the banks of the Meuse River and backed by steep cliffs. Perched on an outcrop above town is the centuries-old fortified Citadel. It's now a museum with sweeping views. Below it is the Gothic Collegiate Church of Our Lady. Nearby, on the site of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax’s birthplace, Mr. Sax’s House has interactive exhibits on the instrument’s development.
    What a beautiful city - our friends from the US invited us to stay here with them and we are so glad they did. We had a lovely 3 days 4 nights here, one of which was Alan's birthday.
    Apart from the city itself and all its attractions, we visited Han-sur-Lesse, a lovely village in the municipality of Rochefort, Namur Province, famous for the exceptional caves, Grottes de Han, the Cave of Han, carved under a nearby hill by the river Lesse, which is reached via a preserved remnant of the local tramway system. Another beautiful place was Durbuy in the Province of Luxemburg , known for its stone houses and cobbled streets. Promoted as the smallest city in Europe, it has charm, character and not too crowded.
    The food in Dinant was amazing - we were fortunate to dine in four different restaurants while here - all different cuisines and all delicious. The owners delight in offering samples of local desserts or liquors which of course you must accept. I would love to come back here and spend more time. Thank you Owen and Jacqueline - great choice!
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    Irwin Karp

    You're welcome, from Owen & Jacqueline. Great photos!

    6/22/19Reply
     
  • Day5

    Fort de la Chartreuse - Liège

    October 11, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Urban Exploring Abandoned Buildings

    The Fort de la Chartreuse, which dominates the Amercœur neighborhood of Liège in Belgium was built between 1817 and 1823 to defend the city.

    The fort is built on a strategic height that dominates the valley of the Meuse, which had been occupied by a Carthusian (Ordre des Chartreux) monastery until the French Revolution. The fort was built by the Dutch, who at the time administered southern Belgium.

    The fort was abandoned as a fortification by the military in 1891 and was thereafter used as a barracks. From 1914 to 1918 the Germans used it as a prison, and again from 1940 to 1944. In 1944-1945 it was used by the Americans as a military hospital. The Belgian army left the site in 1988.
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  • Day7

    Castle of Petit-Spay - Trois Ponts

    October 13, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Not much was found so far about the early history of the “Château de Petit Spay”. The château was owned by the Demeure family. In the 1930‘s it was home to a Benedictine community. During the war, a private charitable society, “Les Foyers Léopold III” was founded. This society, raised in different parts of the country and assisted by the National Youth Society and the Belgian Red Cross, homes meant for children between the ages of 6 and 18 chosen from debilitated or malnourished children of all classes of the population, and especially children from Belgian prisoners of war. The Château de Petit Spay accomodated one of those homes from the end of 1943 onwards. The organisation in Petit Spay was based on the methods used by the Scouts. The director, Mrs. Van der Beken, was called Akela (cubmistress). She was assisted by a nurse and 4 women teachers, all of them quite young.
    Monique van Caster, one of the teachers, remembers: In the morning of 19 December 1944, Petit Spay was suddenly encircled by the SS. My first contact was when I ran down the stairs with the children. A little kid stepped out of the line and shook the hand of an SS soldier, saying “Hello Mr. American!”. I was treated with an icy glance, but he let us descend. The first question from the German was: “are there any men here?” The director (Miss Marguerite Jacobs) mentioned the presence of a sick army chaplain. He was taken away. Several months later his body was found in a curve of the Amblève near the Coo waterfall.
    In addition, one of the 41 children, Alois van Loo, remembers: I was the tallest of the group. For that reason, our chaplain, Father Prégardien, has chosen me to serve the mass, celebrated in the chapel of the chateau. One afternoon, I went to the vestry. Since I had the habit to enter without knocking, I surprised the Father in a big conversation with men armed with sub- machine guns. As soon as they saw me, they got up and left. Father Prégardien made me promise not to tell anything to anybody, not even to my own comrades. It was our secret. This happened in the summer of 1944, so before the liberation. But then December came, and the SS arrivede. The SS took Father Prégardien away. We thought that our chaplain would soon be back. When our director questioned the SS, one of them swayed his sub-machine gun in a menacing way, saying: “This is what your priests carry”. We never saw our Father Prégardien again.
    Father Prégardien had been taken to the river side, near the bridge across the Amblève, and shot. His body was thrown into the river. It should be noted that halfway the slope between the château and the bridge is a farmhouse (now abandoned and a ruin). The farming couple that lived there, Mr. and Mrs. Nicolet, were shot as well...
    The Château de Petit Spay (or Kinderheim as the Germans called it) served as a command post of Obersturmführer Wägner’s 4./SS Pz.Aufkl.Abt. 1, Hauptsturmführer Böttcher’s III./SS Pz.Gren.Rgt. 1, and probably Hauptscharführer Auge’s 5./SS Pz.Art.Rgt. 1. These units were all part of the 1. SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler”.
    Monique van Caster continues: In order to be protected, the director had displayed a huge Red Cross flag next to the château. She removed it after the arrival of the big German tanks that encircled the château, out of fear that the Germans would use the flag to protect their tanks. At this time, the Americans still occupied the road along the Amblève, at 500 metres from us. They did not wait long with their reply. In Trois Ponts the Americans were aware of the children in the château, but they did not have any choice. They had to defend themselves. We came under full fire from the Americans. Very quickly the children were sent to the cellars. The first grenades exploded in the dining hall. The children ate in the cellars which they would not leave for 12 days. A first mean trick by the SS: To pour a kilo of salt into the soup! It became inedible. They were laughing maliceously as they watched the wry faces of the children. This really was the attitude of the SS: Hard and mean!
    However, it should be noted that none of the children or teachers were ever harmed and all survived. After Christmas, the entire 1. SS Pz. Div. was transferred to the area southeast of Bastogne. The SS troops that had occupied the château were now relieved by Wehrmacht units, probably from Volksgrenadierregiment 293 or 294, which belonged to the 18. Volksgrenadier Division of the Wehrmacht. They were responsible for the evacuation by truck of the children and their teachers in the first days of January to the Château Orban de Xivry in
    Farnières. After three days there, they were liberated by the Americans. Not long after that, the area of Petit Spay itself was liberated (by the 517th PIR ?).
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  • Day10

    Gileppe Talsperre

    August 4, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Heute wollten die Räder mal wieder bewegt werden. Unser Ziel war die Gileppe Talsperre, die gleich hier um die Ecke ist. Hier gibt es ein weit verzweigtes Fahrradstreckennetz und eine zugehörige App, mit der man sich seine eigene Route zusammenstellen kann. Dazu sind auf der Strecke die markanten Wegpunkte gut beschildert, sodass man sich ganz gut orientieren kann. Gut 2,5 Stunden waren wir unterwegs. Das hat aber auch gereicht, denn die langgezogenen Steigungen waren doch ganz schön anstrengend, trotz Turbo.
    Abends wurden wir von unseren neuen Köchen, Remy und Martin, bekocht. Es gab Gegrilltes. Lecker, kann ich da nur sagen!
    Später saßen wir noch in vergrößerter Runde zusammen, denn zu unseren Nachbarinnen aus Erlangen kamen noch zwei aus Düsseldorf, die hinter uns mit einem Miniwohnwagen stehen, dazu. Es hätte ein langer Abend werden können, wenn nicht die Platzwartin die Versammlung um 23 Uhr aufgelöst hätte. Recht hat se ja....
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    Biggi

    Den kenne ich, bei ihm haben wir auch mal ein WE verbracht. Samt verlaufen im Hohen Fenn. Mein Mann kannte ne Abkürzung. 🙈😂

    8/6/20Reply
    Mattis Reisen

    Wie heisst es so schön? "Ich habe keine Zeit für ne Abkürzung" 😅

    8/6/20Reply
    Böget

    Remy und Martin sind ja göttlich ☺️.... Und wenn die noch kochen können....

    8/9/20Reply
     
  • Day1

    Camping!

    July 12 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Nouuu ik ben op een camping. Heb vandaag al meer gehuild dan vorig jaar naar Santiago, maarrrr we zijn er. Er is slecht weer op komst dus snel m'n tent opzetten! En ik heb madeleines gekocht om mezelf op te vrolijken, zal vast helpen ;p

    Oja! Ruim 70km op de teller en alleen maar heuvel op. Wat zal ik lekker slapen!!
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    Anne Broersma

    lekker stuk getrapt hoor. Madeleine verdiend. 👍❤️

    Ariëtte van den BOS

    Dapper hoor femke om toch door te zetten. Een overwinning op jezelf. ! 👍en niet je fiets in de berm te gooien. Pittig bergen beklimmen 💪🚴‍♀️ en toch maar door gaan !! een diepe buiging voor je. nu lekker uitrusten en morgen zie je wel weer. 😘😘

    Kees 't Hart

    pittige tocht. Als het helpt wil ik ook wel een paar traantjes laten hoor maar ik denk dat je sterk genoeg bent om lekker door te trappen.

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  • Day2

    Gatsie!

    July 13 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Dat is lekker wakker worden.... Keiharde regen op m'n tentje. Tien minuten gewacht en toen in de miezer snel opgeruimd. Nu ontbijten in de voortent van een lege caravan. De eigenaresse was zo lief dat ik hier gebruik van mocht maken :)Read more

    Anne Broersma

    dat is aardig van de camping eigenaar. lekker ontbijten en dan weer op de pedalen. go Girl! je kan het topper.❤️

    Erik Ovinge

    Hoi Femke zet em op vandaag.

    Ariëtte van den BOS

    De hele morgen bekijk ik al de weerkaart van België, buienradar enz. 🥺 maar mocht je nog wat tranen over hebben stort ze er maar bij niemand die het ziet. 😭💦💦. maar ze zeggen na regen komt zonneschijn 🙏⛅🌞 ik blijf voor je duimen 🤞🤞🤞🤞 dus dappere Femke zet hem op 💪😘😘 ik ga nog even verder met buienradar........

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  • Day3

    Zwemmen

    July 14 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Even een vergelijking... Rechtsboven was gistermiddag, linksonder was net. Het riviertje voor m'n hut begint het langzaam te begeven vrees ik. En dan te bedenken dat er morgen nóg meer regen gaat vallen. Ik zit hier voorlopig nog wel even 😲Read more

    Henny Tweel

    maak er maar wat van. na veeeel regen komt.. 🌞schijn.

    Ariëtte van den BOS

    CODE ROOD 😡 in de provincie Luik. ! en het rampenplan is ingesteld 😱 volgens het nieuwsbericht. En de regen 💦💦 gaat maar door. En jij maar zitten in je hutje 🙄 straks moet je nog geëvacueerd worden ! 🛳 met die rivier voor je deur. 🏞 maak je dat ook nog mee. Het is wel een héle bijzondere ( water ) fietsvakantie .dat kan je van tevoren niet bedenken en Iets om nooit meer te vergeten. Maar..... 🤔 het is nog even wachten en dan komt de zon 🌞. dus nog even geduld en hou vol 💪( jij kan dat zeker wel ) dikke knuffel 🥰🥰

    Gerrit v.d.Bos

    Dit had je ook niet verwacht toen je ging fietsen 🚴‍♂️lekker kunnen eten?.kan je wel warm blijven?.voor straks slaap lekker 🛌💗

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Wallonia, Wallonische Region, Valònia, Valonia, Wallonie, Vallonia, Wallonië, Valônia