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Wallonia - the neglected side of Belgium

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Whenever one hears about Belgium its usually the canals of Brugge, the diamonds of Antwerp or just about any other tourist attraction that you can think of in Brussels. These are in the northern, Flemish part of the country (Brussels is said to be independent of the provinces but geographically it is in Flanders). There is another part of this kingdom where they speak French and not Dutch, and is also home of the current prime minister. Discover Wallonia!
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Rue des Frères Wright 8, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium
Not only is living in Belgium a unique experience but the fact that I am just a 30 minute drive from Charleroi airport is an even bigger "+". There are a few discount airlines that fly out of there and the one that I use at least 5-6 times a year...
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Chemin du Meunier 26, 6941 Ozo, Belgium
I love cheese. I also love goats. So when I learned of a dairy goat farm just outside of Durbuy, Belgium, open to the public, I had to visit. The Ozo Goat Farm consists of around 200 happy Alpine goats. They produce delicious cheeses available to...
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Mons, 7000 Mons, Belgium
A friterie is to a Belgian is what McDonalds is to an American! Scattered around the country you often come across these friteries which sell as they main item "frites". They're also called "pommes frites" since they are made of potatoes. Just...
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Chimay, Belgium
Chimay is one of the 6 Trappist beers in Belgium. If you go to the monastery do stop at the restaurant, situated about 1-2 miles before the monastery, as they serve some great steak made with Chimay beer sauce, Chimay cheeses and of course Chimay...
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Waterloo, Belgium
Just south of Brussels is the town that most people think is somewhere in England - Waterloo. This is the place where Napoleon got his short little bottom kicked by the British and Prussians almost 200 years ago. Waterloo is well worth the visit...
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Dinant, Belgium
One of my favorite places in Belgium is the town of Dinant, located in the Belgian Ardennes on the River Meuse. In the photo you can see the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame, which was re-built in the Gothic style after the original building was...
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Place de l'Evêché 1, 7500 Tournai, Belgium
Tournai is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Visit the amazing Notre Dame Cathedral, go up in the Belfry which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List or just have a coffee at a cafe in the square and watch the world go by. Looking...
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Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
Trains have been running through the Belgian city of Liege for 175 years now but the city has never seen anything like this new station. Opened in September 2009, this new station designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava replaced the one...
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Boulevard Zoé Drion 19, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
If you know anything about Belgium, you'll know that the country is famous for beer, beer and comic books! While the capital city of Brussels boasts a comic book museum and comic character murals all over the city, the Walloonian city of Charleroi...
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Orval 1, 6823 Florenville, Belgium
You cannot visit the current Orval Abbey but for a small fee you can visit the Orval Abbey ruins. By the 12th century, this Cistercian abbey isolated in the Gaume Forest had become one of the most famous and richest in Europe. After a film on...
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Casteau, 7061 Soignies, Belgium
Nothing says Belgium more than "frites" or "french fries" as they're called in the USA. They should be renamed "belgian fries" because that's where they're from!
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Côte Marie-Thérèse 86, 5500 Falmignoul, Belgium
As a fan of all things artisanal, nothing excites me more than stepping into a place that looks the same as it did 100 years ago. When my eyes adjusted to the dim light, inside the Brasserie Caracole, I could see this Belgian brewery was just such...
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Grand Place 13, 6460 Chimay, Belgium
Le Roeulx has been one of the main residences of the Princes of Croÿ since 1429. It is one of the most imposing classical castle in the country. Its history overshadows that of all but the most prestigious residences in the Low Countries. It opens...
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Rue du Château 11, 7970 Beloeil, Belgium
Located in the village of Beloeil is the home of the Prince de Ligne and has been to each and every one of them since they bought the chateau back in the 14th century. The chateau is open to visitors during the summer months where you can wander...
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Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
The new station in Belgium's 3rd largest city is made of glass and steel and white concrete and, to me, feels like a modern cathedral. I was last there in February 2013 and it was cold outside meaning, like in giant European cathedrals, it was...
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Place Alix du Rosoit, 7860 Lessines, Belgium
Not only is Lessines the birth place of one of Belgium's most famous artists, Rene Magritte, but it is also where you can find the Hospital Notre Dame a la Rose. This is the church next to the hospital, taken from the hospital's garden where they...
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Rue d'Houdeng 20, 7070 Le Roeulx, Belgium
The St. Feuillien brewery that we can visit today was founded in 1873 by Stéphanie Friart. In the recent years they have been under constant renovation combining the restoration of a nineteenth-century industrial heritage with modern facilities....
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Rue d'Havré 29, 7000 Mons, Belgium
"Imagine a giant coffee pot, with under it four smaller tea pots. It would be very ugly if it weren't that big," said the French author Victor Hugo. And it is big at 87 meters high and built on the highest point of the small city of Mons. The...
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Liège, Belgium
Escargotiere de Warnant is a snail farm near Liege in Beligum. I've been living in eager anticipation of touring this snail farm ever since Sherry suggested it. Eric Frolli, the owner was meet with a sleuth of curious and occasionally ridiculous...
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Rue du Château 11, 7970 Beloeil, Belgium
My favorite room in the Château de Belœil is by far the library. One of the old regal gentlemen who once lived here started the library centuries ago and it has grown into quite a collection of books, with most of them being military based. While...
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Chemin Vert 55, 7034 Mons, Belgium
For my 300th posting I thought I would stick close to home (having just returned from Madrid last night) and post a photograph from my local friterie. Friteries, where they serve 'french fries' out of shacks or converted trailers or just about any...
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Alleé des Sports, 1480 Tubize, Belgium
If you go to a soccer game about it then you MUST have a beer - or more. If you don't go its something like going to church and not praying or going into the shower and not turning on the water. Its just the done thing. In the town of Tubize,...
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Tournai, 7500 Tournai, Belgium
What can you do in Tournai, Belgium these days? You can see it's beautiful center with the oldest Belfry in Belgium which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Go to the top of it and get the best views in town. If you have kids they can have...
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Rue du Cazier 80, 6001 Charleroi, Belgium
In the beginning of the last century the need for coal became great and in Wallonia mines were opened to extract the black gold from the ground. One such mine was located near the town of Marcinelle and was known as Le Bois du Cazier. The mine was...
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Chaussée de Mons 28, 7904 Pipaix, Belgium
Other than their main beer, Bush, the Dubuisson Brewery also has another called Cuvée des Trolls and, you guessed it, they have a troll on the label. As a matter of fact in the basement of one part of the brewery complex, under the restaurant,...
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Chaussée de Mons 28, 7904 Pipaix, Belgium
The Dubuisson Brewery's main brew is Bush beer. The name is actually a translation from French to English, since the Dubuisson family wanted to complete with British beers that were becoming popular in Belgium during the last century. Bush beer is...
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Rue de l'Abbaye 1y, 7972 Beloeil, Belgium
At the Archeosite, you will also discover and learn about life in Belgium during the Roman times. Other than a couple reconstructed buildings, there is also the reconstructed Gallo-Roman necropolis. Nearby in the village of Blicquy over 500 tombs...
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Rue de l'Abbaye 1y, 7972 Beloeil, Belgium
At the site in Aubechies, one of the many reconstructed dwellings is that of the first Iron Age. The Iron Age, of course, followed the Bronze Age around the year 1300 B.C. During this period, when man began to use iron to built everything from...
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Rue de l'Abbaye 1y, 7972 Beloeil, Belgium
Just outside the small village of Aubechies was a hotbed for archeologists and from that a village was recreated featuring structures and dwellings from not only the Bronze and Iron Ages but also from Roman times. This is the Archeosite and Museum...
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Rue Defoin 36, 5500 Dinant, Belgium
Coming in to Dinant from the south, as you get to the town, you will have to pass through this impressive rock formation. Its quite narrow so hopefully you're not coming in a vehicle that is too wide!
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Place Reine Astrid 3, 5500 Dinant, Belgium
The citadel in Namur has an interesting history. As a matter of fact there was always some type of structure on the cliff tops overlooking the Meuse River and Dinant. You can walk up as there are stairs, but the best option would be to take the...
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Rue de la Station 4, 5500 Dinant, Belgium
Lieutenant Charles de Gaulle was injured on this bridge in the town of Dinant during the War to End All Wars (WWI) and the town was almost completely destroyed. Today Dinant is a more peaceful place with a lot of history. The locals love their...
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Rue Adolphe Sax, 5500 Dinant, Belgium
Face it: what would jazz be without the saxophone? And where would the saxophone be without Adolphe Sax? Well, there wouldn't be a sax because Mr. Sax from the town of Dinant invented it. Today the town celebrates him like you wouldn't believe....
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Rue de Pintamont 18, 7800 Ath, Belgium
In the southern Belgian region, you can find a very unusual museum; a museum that celebrated giants. Like a few towns in the southern part of the country and also the northern part of France, giants have been around for centuries. Ath's giants...