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Wallonia

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  • Day1

    Atomium

    August 22, 2017 in Belgium

    Das Atomium wurde zur Expo 1958 erstellt und sollte nach der Weltausstellung eigentlich wieder abgebaut werden. Es war jedoch so beliebt, dass es stehen blieb. Eigentlich sollte es noch höher gebaut werden, aufgrund der Flugsicherheit ließ sich das jedoch nicht umsetzen, und so ist es nun 102 Meter hoch :-) Leider sind wir nicht auf die Aussichtsplattform gegangen, die sich in der obersten Kugel befindet. Das holen wir beim nächsten Brüssel-Besuch nach 😄Read more

  • Day27

    Parc La Clusure

    May 16 in Belgium

    My Rating: TOILET 5* PITCH 4* STAY 4* price per night €28
    Had pitch 254 - should have had a pitch closer to the stream in order to catch the evening sun.
    This is a very clean and top standard camping site especially with kids.

  • Day52

    Wesertalsperre Eupen

    May 20 in Belgium

    Parking Barrage de la Vesdre, Eupen Belgien
    50.622894, 6.091531

    Godt besøgt naturområde, på p pladsen er der plads til 30 campere u/b, ingen faciliteter, lidt misvisende at p skiltet til pladsen viser at camper parkering kun er fra 18 til 10 om formiddagen, men tror at det kun gælder den ene del af pladsen hvor der også kan holde busser og almindelige biler, oppe for enden er der, til venstre, et camper skilt uden anmærkninger til den anden del af pladsen.
    Der er 6 p pladser lige efter dæmningen, inden man kører op til den store, der er flere som overnatter der med udsigt.
    Ellers et godt område at vandre og cykle i.
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  • Day7

    Belgium!

    July 3, 2016 in Belgium

    We stayed just 5km from the Belgian border and felt up for a cycle ride so we took the tandem and headed for the little bridge over the stream that turned out to be the border.

    The photo of Vicky facing forward is taken from France while she is in Belgium and visa versa for the photo she is turning round in.

    It is a real pleasure to be able to move so freely between the countries over here.

  • Day470

    Houffalize, Country #12, Belgium!

    October 9, 2017 in Belgium

    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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  • Day587

    Go to Gent

    May 18 in Belgium

    Das Pfingstwochenende wird genutzt um mal wieder einen Kurztrip zu unternehmen. Ziel ist die Stadt Gent in Belgien.
    Gent ist nach Antwerpen die zweitgrößte Stadt in Flandern. Sie ist zugleich die Hauptstadt der belgischen Provinz Ostflandern und des Arrondissements und Wahlbezirks. (Wikipedia)

  • Day5

    CAR TECHNICAL INFO

    May 15, 2017 in Belgium

    I had noticed the fuel consumption was rather high and at first I thought it was me calculating it wrong but it wasn't. I found a fuel leak which was only present when the engine was running or just after I filled the tank as that was the only time the level was high enough for gravity to let petrol dribble from the banjo connection to the front carb. It was easily fixed by tightening the bolt which must have vibrated loose.
    Although pleased to find the fault I was feeling miserable at having lost about 30% from the last two tank fulls so after I came back to my room I checked the two lottery tickets I had bought before leaving home and both had won. One gave me an entry to the next draw and the other won £77 which more than covers the lost petrol!
    I met a very helpful chap called Paul Ireland who convinced me we should spend a little time checking the carburation as it was rich and the ignition timing. I was reluctant as the car was running well. We weakened the mixture two flats on both carbs and slightly advanced the timing using his bulb on a wire to tell us when the points are opening. It has improved things and should also contribute to better fuel consumption and cooler running. He was right as today's run showed to temperature was running about 6 degrees cooler today.
    Paul has a PhD in experimental nuclear physics which might explain the strange glow coming from under the bonnet of his TC.
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  • Day5

    Han sur Lesse Caves

    May 15, 2017 in Belgium

    After extremely large breakfast - Peter managed a full English followed by full continental and I wasn't much better! We drove to Han only 25 mins away from Dinant. You get to the caves via a small train. Entering the dark cool entrance dressed lightly due to blazing sunshine outside we realised too late we should have probably brought coats! The guide (very hunky whose main job is breeding horses for eventing.... sorry got distracted for a moment) The tour guide was very good and as our group was small and all understood English meant we didn't have to listen to 3 languages which seems necessary in Belgium. Fab caves extremely large with lots to see. We walked 2 kilometres of the 17 km network. Peter waited until we were in the largest cave half way into the hillside before asking about earthquakes in the region... some shuffling of feet but nobody headed for the exit. Evidently last rock to fall was in 1984.
    We raided a supermarket for a cheap lunch and headed back to hotel....Gala dinner tonight for all the MG owners then tomorrow we head off on the route to Malta probably a different hotel every night so should make some distance on the map 😎
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  • Day509

    Poupehan

    November 17, 2017 in Belgium

    The cold, often wet weather and limited daylight hours mean we are not cycling, canoeing or walking as much as we would otherwise. However, we are really enjoying the beautiful scenery in the Belgian Ardennes. The season shows the deciduous woodlands off beautifully and the winding river valleys are a real treat for the eyes.

    It was in Poupehan, a village in one of these valleys that we stayed the night. There was a free stopover with facilities on the flood plain, along from a football pitch and clubhouse. Grass grew all around the hardstanding we were parked on and swathes of waxy yellow, orange and brown Plane leaves covered both. If the river hadn't been in flood we would have made use of the nearby launch ramp, but the water looked a bit too fast to be anything but a struggle, so we decided to go for a walk instead. An information board showed several trails in the vicinity, of which we chose the shortest and easiest. The 5km route took us up through the quiet, grey village, past an empty pub and restaurant then right at a small church. We climbed a steep muddy forestry track into the woods. It was very well signed and several benches were conveniently positioned for you to rest and take in a view. After an hour or so we emerged at a viewpoint affording us a far reaching vista over the wooded river valley. The area was actively forested and the canopy of autumnal indigenous trees was interspersed with green blocks of pines. Making our way home, dusk began to close in, but we felt happy knowing we'd made good use of what daylight there was.

    It had been such a nice stopover, we felt we should make an effort to spend some money in the village. Friday was our day to have lunch out, so we went to see if the Taverne la Vallee pub served food. Stepping in to the small bar area there was a smell of stale smoke, despite the No Smoking sign on the door. There were no ashtrays and nobody with a cigarette so we had a look at the little menu out on a table. It listed a range of sandwiches, fries and simple dishes, but after a few minutes the greasy haired barman told us they didn't have any food. Ok, maybe it was for the best we just had a drink then went back to the van for lunch...

    After an in depth search of the fridge the barman brought out a bottle of the Trappist beer Vicky had chosen, but couldn't find the ale Will wanted. Never mind, there were still plenty to choose from. We sat at a table for two by the window, whose panes had small lumps of mould growing on them. Our drinks were brought on a tray along with their dedicated glasses and a small bowl of stale nuts. Vicky's eagle eyes soon spotted some brown specks in her glass which she tried, but failed to rub away or scrape off with her nail. When picking up her beer, she found the label had mildew on it. The Tavern la Vallee certainly wouldn't have passed any health and safety checks but we weren't in the mood for complaining and the beer itself was delicious. At over 8% it quickly lifted our moods and helped us view the fact that the brown specs were still on Vicky's glass when it was drained, as being a good thing! 😂
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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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You might also know this place by the following names:

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

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