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A September 1999 trip to Belgium by Irene

Auberge de la Lesse Photo, Dinant, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Scant miles southeast of Brussels, the rising green hills guard the rivers Meuse and Lesse, while harboring the favorite, well hidden playground of the Belgians, The Ardennes, home of ham, Chimay Beer, waffles, legendary castles and the outdoor sports arena of the rolling Eifel Massif mountains.

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Picnicing Photo, Belgium, Europe
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The highlights only start with the famed Ardennes Ham, at home right here in Dinant, but served all over Belgium. After sampling other culinary delights of game and fresh trout we scoured the ruins of the Chateau Comtal in Rocherfort, speluncked in the erie caves of Grottos de Han, admired the grand 13th century church in Celles, Englise St. Hardelin, searched the tangled roads for the Monastery which brews Chimay beer while later wandering the wonderful hiking paths up pleasant hills and strolling beside the tumbling Lisse watching the kayaking. Quick Tips: In late summer this favorite destination of the Belgians can become quite crowded, so in July and August and into early September plea...Read More

Auberge de la Lesse

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Hotel | "Auberge de la Lesse"

Auberge de la Lesse Photo, Dinant, Belgium
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After spending a not too pleasant night in down town Dinant we rushed to the Tourist office in search of a calmer room. They had the perfect suggestion. Past the big rock hanging over the Meuse up the hill to the left, follow the signs, go past the castle and all of sudden we are there. Auberge de la Lesse is very small with its own very small train station and wonderful cafe and restuarant attached. We registered in the cafe and were shown to our rather spacey room, one of a string of rooms attached to the cafe and facing the parking lot. Out front we had small concrete porch with table and chairs and inside we had couch under the window a real double bed, tv with cable, minibar, telephone, cloth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Auberge de la Lesse
1 Gare de Gendron
Dinant, The Ardennes

Hotel de La Couronne

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If you like to be where the action is then this the place to stay. Location! Location! Right in the middle of Dinant next to the cathedral, facing the main drag, Rue Sax that runs the entire length of the slender town along the Muese River. To the right of the hotel past the church is the main gathering area clustered with patio restuarants, souvenir shops, candy stores , and t-shirts galore. At first glance de La Couronne impresses with a glistening bar and restuarant on the first floor with ourdoor service on a raised patio. However the check-in is located at another entrace about half way down the church side of the building with tiny registration area in dull colors and not even a chair to s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 27, 2002

Restuarant Auberge de la Lesse

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Restaurant

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Just inside the door of Auberge de la Lesse from the terrace we entered the cafe/bar and off to the left was huge door opening into a cozy room with only 6 tables, splashed with warm long table cloths aglow only with candles and brightened with tiny vases of fresh flowers. A Romantic dream for us, we were on a trip for our 25th Anniversary. A flagstone fireplace, quiet for the summer but still alight, with candles on the mantel called to us and we seated ourselves quietly in it's corner. Our waitress hovered as we made our choice and then disappeared to bring our wine selection. Moving on quiet slippered feet and almost whispering she welcomed us and slipped away to return within 20 minutes with a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2002

Caves of Han-sur-Lesse (Grottes de Han)

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Attraction | "Grottes de Han"

Caves of Han-sur-Lesse (Grottes de Han) Photo, Namur, Belgium
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Traveling southeast on main road A4 from Brussels and headed to Arlon and Luxembourg city, we found the exit to Han-sur-Lesse, home of the impressive caves of Grottes de Han. We found the ticket office in the town center at Rue J. Lamotte and purchased a ticket for the caves only, as there combo ticket with an animal reserve and a museum. After a short wait we boarded a small tourist open train just outside the ticket office and were spirited away to the cave's entrance. Big signs divided us by language into groups of 10 to 12(we choose the German group because they did not offer English, we know a little. Seems this not a big English attraction and English tours are by special request only.) Soo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2002

Caves of Han-sur-Lesse (Grottes de Han)
Rue J. Lamotte 2
Han-Sur-Lesse, Belgium

You will love Celles

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The Massive Tower Photo, Belgium, Europe
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Often desribed as one of the the most beautiful small villages in the Ardennes, Celles a few miles south, up hill from Dinant, is worthy of a afternoon if not an overnight stay, being equiped with several charming hotels. On a sunny fall morning we set out to go shopping for picnic supplies and we found them and more in this lovely village flowing down the hill into the valley. Before we even found the main attraction we stumble on the main square and thought we had found the war. A great pitted Panther tank squats in the square, open turret and surrounded with flowers and a stone border. Strolling down the hill, we browzed the pastry shop, admired the rustic homes and hotels hung with flowers bo...Read More