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.