1370 Lathuy, Belgium
Photo by Gail ML Thomas
A glimpse of rural Brabant WalloonFor some travelers, villages like Lathuy hold little interest. To borrow from Gertrude Stein, there's not much "there there" - but that is what some other travelers - like myself - come looking for: a respite from urban vivacity, the crowds and the noise.
In Lathuy – a village of old houses and working farms – courteous children zoom by on their bikes or look up from their games and bid you a clear and cheery “Bonjour!” Their mothers and fathers do the same. There is a speaking tradition in the countryside: people acknowledge one another. It is manners but it is also genuine friendliness, and that can be a balm to the soul.