Tuesday, 16 August 2011

LIMBOURG - BELGIUM


We have just returned from visiting relatives in France and Belgium. We drove from Somerset to the channel tunnel and stayed overnight with my parents in France. The next day we drove on to southern Belgium to stay with my cousins. On one of our days there, we went to Limbourg in the province of Liege, a medieval village high up on a hill.


We walked around the quiet streets and lanes, admiring some of the lovely houses on the way. I do like Belgian architecture (old buildings, not so keen on modern ones)
















I always associate cobbled streets with childhood holidays spent in Belgium with my Aunt and Grandmother. As a child, I mainly recall seeing them in Belgium and also when visiting Maastricht in the Netherlands. I was fascinated by the sound made when a car drove over them.


Popular colour that day!


Private house. I am not sure if the towers were there before the house was built or if they were built all at the same time.


Very pretty cottage right by the church




Gates leading to someone's secret garden. It was a lovely garden and although I was very tempted to lean over and photograph it, I thought better of it.




After a walk around the village, we were glad to sit down and have a drink and some food.
To avoid the wasps, we sat inside. Service was slow, they had been busier than expected and the owner had to go out to re-stock on salad. We considered leaving but decided to give it a little longer. Eventually, our food arrived, we all agreed that it had been worth the wait. It was all home cooked and was excellent! We had apple and cinnamon pancakes. Most of the people sitting outside were plagued by wasps. All of a sudden, several people picked up their plates and rushed indoors. It was quite a funny sight but not quite so funny when some of the wasps followed them indoors....Despite the slow service on that occasion, I would still recommend having food there.


My next blog post will be about our trip to Maatricht in the Netherlands. One of my favourite cities.

Thank you for the great response to the Italian post, it is interesting to read about your favourite places.

A bientôt!

Isabelle X

16 comments:

The Devil Makes Work said...

Beautiful pictures Isabelle

Rosetta said...

Che belle case!E che bei colori!Rosetta

It's me said...

Oh you where so close!! next time Maarssen???...love from me....xxx..

andamento said...

It looks a very pretty town with plenty of opportunities for taking some beautiful photos as you have done, I'd like to visit with my camera too.

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Looks like a beautiful place, so peaceful and old (in a good way), just lovely to walk around and take everything in xx

Alix said...

Your photos make me want to hop over the Channel right away! What a picturesque place. We go to France often but rarely venture into Belgium, though it is on our 'To do' list!
x

KC'sCourt! said...

Went to Belgium on a school trip many many moons ago but don't remember anywhere so pretty
Julie xxxxxx

A mermaids purse said...

oh Isabelle I LOVE your piccys, such a beautiful place...ive only been to Paris in france and costa del sol spain- so not very well travelled at all, so i so enjoy trips like yours to see another new and exciting place...i love the cobbled roads and beautiful stone buildings...thanks for sharing...im so in love with your header, it makes me feel all cozy- its so beautiful your home x

il mondo di Iris said...

What a wonderful trip,
beautiful photos that you have done
Angela

Hesta Nesta said...

What beautiful houses and cottages...it looks absolutely idyllic.
Jo xx

The Vintage Bazaar said...

sounds as if you have had a fab time. Lizzie xx

Cottage Garden said...

Limbourg looks so pretty! We go to France often but have never been over the border to Belgium something we must remedy very soon!

Jeanne
x

♥Ann's Embroidery and Quilting - Journey♥ said...

Beautiful pictures...

josephinetalepeddler said...

Hello, pleased to see you are home safe and sound. So many gorgeous exterior shots, Isabelle. Lots of inspiration. I love the cobbled streets. We don't see a lot of those in Sydney. Please tell Miss P Daisy LOVED Rabbity. She is resting on Daisy's bed now awaiting her return from school. xx

Vintage Jane said...

What gorgeous photos. I have never visited Belgium but am longing to now. M x

Sue said...

Isn't Belgium beautiful? It must get very fed up with being continually overlooked in favour of France.