Stunem and Fritz visit Europe travel blog

Namur Citadel


From Bruxelles we headed south to l'Ardennes to a town called Namur, which was highly recommended in our travel guide. It was a bit disappointing as a city, but it had a rather spectacular Citadel which was located in the crux of two rivers. The citadel and the rock it sits has been used for military purposes from Roman times until 1970 and has changed ownership frequently (it has been Spanish, English - for a few years, and at one point the city was French, but the Citadel Dutch!).

We then headed along the river - a very pretty drive - to Dinant, which is a very attractive city on the banks of a river, with very unattractive traffic. We left Fritz at the campgfround and cycled into the town, where we wandered about abit. Dinant also has a spectacular citadel perched on a cliff above the town, but it is 19th century and not as interesting as the Namur citadel.

We sat in the evening sun and drank local beer and nibbled on cheese, salami and olives until we got too cold and went back to Fritz for a snack. I had a ginger biscuit, a speciality of Dinant, and it bore of a picture of the town. In retropsect I am not sure you are meant to eat them, it nearly broke a tooth! Stu had a Frtiz (luncheon wurst) and sauce sandwich!

Cycling back in the evening we took a detour around the town and saw the Abbaye du Leffe (which makes the beer) but it is only open to tourists in the summer. The local brew is a bit scarey - you can get beers up to 11% alcohol. We couldn't work out how they could make it.

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