Friday, 9 November 2012

Impressions of Belgium

It's flat and it's wet.


There's a lot of farmland, dotted with small towns with their austere churches.


There's a lot of history here from the past hundred years. Lots of Great War cemeteries and battlefields.

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I found a gunner pilbox in the middle of a town.


Everywhere we went, people asked us about the upcoming US election. The opinion all over Europe is very pro-Obama. One guy commented, "Everyone I meet from the states is voting for Obama. So who would vote for the other guy?". We could only conclude that the Other Guy's supporters just don't get out much.

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We spent a night in Watou, where St. Berndardus is brewed. The brewery has a really cozy B&B attached to it if you don't mind the smell of malty hops invading your sleep.


Those tall post is where the hops are grown- they are all over this area and they call this the Hop Capital of Belgium. They had just had their hop-harvest, so the hop fields were a little bare.

WED_9577 Watou is right on the border of France, and the Mont du Cats is close by on a hillside, where the monks make cheese and beer. We took the pilgrimage up the hillside in pouring rain, giving the monastery a rather mysterious air to it. WED_9584 WED_9586

Watou also had a fantastic little town square filled with good places to eat.


We had the best dinner of our trip at 't Hommelhof.

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It was a fantastic find- they are making fresh, locally derived food in inventive ways, but not too fussy. I love places like this.


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