Europe Magazine July 2019
BELGIUM - WALLONIA
PICTURESQUE VILLAGES OF EUROPE
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PICTURESQUE, PEACEFUL VILLAGES
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VISION OF BEAUTY – WALLONIA AUTHENTIC, HISTORIC AND ENCHANTING VILLAGES
Vision of beauty – Wallonia Villages like on a postcard Minor towns with major pasts East bohemian Litomyšl Polish romantic villages Denmark’s prettiest towns Fairy tale villages in Germany The legacy of coastal Swedes Ireland’s vibrant villages Stunning villages in Spain Charming villages
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It’s true: great things do come in small packages! Visiting the smaller, more remote townships of Europe can be ever so restful and sweet. Tucked away in forests, on mountainsides or on remote coasts, these communities don’t change so fast over the years. They can give you a sense of the country’s people, history, roots and traditions on a human scale that big, bright cities just can’t – they have other delights to offer! If you love nature and outdoor sports, you’ll find yourself in smaller towns as you approach national parks, preserves, and wild areas. Be sure to avail yourself of local lore, know-how, and good cooking to keep your batteries charged. You could be hiking, rafting, cycling, climbing, or beachcombing at any minute! Should folk art and folk culture be your quarry, hunt for authentic crafts and foods where they’ve been perfected for centuries. Attend small festivals, hear local musicians play traditional music, learn the folk dances, dine on locally-sourced foods, or help in the dairy, the winery, or the barn. You’ll be sure to make some new friends!
Chassepierre, Thon, Montignies-sur-Roc, Barneçon, Lompret ... and many more (31 in total) have been labelled “the most beautiful villages in Wallonia”. These picturesque places seem suspended in time and are sure to charm everyone who pays a visit. From flower-filled Sohier, set amidst pretty woodlands and meadows and known for its great market and beer festival to Weris for its impressive megalithic sites and Mozet, for its medieval charm. Crupet has its sweet little streets, medieval dungeons and even a bizarre cave home for the devil! So many quirky and interesting things to discover in each one. Visit Falaenin in the Condroz area for its pretty stone houses and ruined chateau, listed as an exceptional cultural heritage site, or take a ride on the super fun Molignee rail bike track. Check out Torgny with its gentle climate - perfect for wine making and tastings! Discover Nobressart at the edge of the Ardennes massif with its traditional and modern houses with prettily coloured plasterwork and rough-hewn doors.
Discover interesting examples of traditional buildings – a former mill, communal house, school, even a village store just like your grandparents might have known, where you’ll find regional delights such as sausages, cheeses, wines, and of course beers. Many of these divine places are loyal to the past and are often beautifully set amidst rivers, hills and lustrous green landscapes. Make sure to add them to your travel plans to discover the real Wallonia.
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EUROPE MAGAZINE / JULY 2019 ISSUE
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