Starting from Brussels and going southwards to Namur we first stop at the Citadel of the Walloon capital, historically a strategic point in the country where the local forces stopped the French (XVIIth century) and German (XXth century) troops in their invasion.
From there we have a wonderful view of the Meuse valley and its affluent, the Samber River. We then follow the Meuse River up-stream and arrive in Bouvigne. The small village has a deep history going back to the Spanish era (XVIth century) and its famous dynasty.
Our next stop is Dinant, the rival city of Bouvigne in ancient times. The spectacular cliffs and the impressive fort dominate the entire valley. What they have in common is the reminiscence of … stories … of history.
Dinant is also the native town of Adolph Sax, the inventor of the Saxophone. A small museum is dedicated to his life and freely opens in the street of his name.
This is usually the point to enjoy a lunch and draft Leffe Beer in the first Leffe café of the country.
In the afternoon our way to the Condroz area the landscape gradually becomes more abounding in hills and discloses its beautiful valleys.
We pass in front different famous castles as the one in Veves and then the village Celles with the 12th-century Romanesque church and the St. Hadelin hermitage.
From there we can start exploring the Eastern area then we will cross charming villages, farms, woods and fields, discover local products and artisanship and eventually arrive in the middle of the afternoon in Durbuy, the “smallest city in the world”: Durbuy.
The way back to Brussels leads us again past remote villages, castles and amazing landscapes.
We are back in the Belgian capital end of he afternoon.
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