Places in Western Wallonia
Enjoyable Tournai (pronounced tour-nay, Doornik in Dutch) has Wallonia’s most memorable Grand Place and one of Belgium’s finest cathedrals. The region has been inhabited since ancient antiquity. Tournai grew to prominence as the Roman trading settlement of Tornacum, and was the original 5th-century capital of the Frankish Merovingian dynasty.
Calling all dragon slayers. Once a year Mons (Bergen in Dutch) riotously comes to life during the Lumeçon, which reaches its boisterous culmination on one of Wallonia’s finest Grand Places. At other times, despite an interesting scattering of minor attractions and an enticing skyline of medieval hilltop spires, Mons has struggled to entice serious numbers of tourists.
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La Ducasse: tips for the dragon slaying festival in Belgium
'Le Dragon, el Biette' by ines saraiva. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Grand Place, Mons, Belgium Date: Trinity Sunday Level of participation: 4 - pull the dragon’s tail if you dare Calling all dragon slayers...
Carnaval de Binche: a guide to warding off evil spirits in Belgium
'Binchois dans le sang' by PIXELPLUS photography. Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals. Location: Binche, Belgium. The parade begins at the town hall...
Belgium: exploring Flanders, the heartland of cycling
I was on a hill in Belgium – a country not famous for undulating terrain – at the side of a narrow road. In front of me, some of the world’s best professional cyclists pounded past at astonishing speed...
World War I centenary: 10 places to commemorate the Great War
2014 marks the centenary of the start of the Great War (28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918). Here are some poignant reminders of this devastating conflict. A field of wild Flanders poppies...
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