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Nuts City (Bastogne Belgium)

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An October 2003 trip to Bastogne by Irene

Mardasson Memorial Photo, Bastogne, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Bastogne, nicknamed "Nuts City" in honor of General MacAuliffe, was a charming southern Belgium crossroads chocked full of historical monuments, museums, and churches all topped off with a double slice of Ardennes Ham.

Nuts City (Bastogne Belgium)

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Overview

Mardasson Memorial Photo, Bastogne, Belgium
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Tucked away in the hills on the Luxembourg-Belgium border, Bastogne was to us a treasure trove of historical monuments to the 1944 Battle of the Bulge. From the American Sherman Tank gracing the Place McAuliffe town center to the massive star shaped American Memorial, Bastogne remembered. Bundled against cold, whistling, wet, leaden skies reminiscent of December 1944, we explored the haunting granite memorial, Mardasson, on the outskirts of Bastogne. It is dedicated to all of America’s fallen soldiers, along with the American General MacAuliffe and German General Manteuffel inspired Historical Center. An original black and white film of the attach and defense at the Historical Center prepared u...Read More

Hotel du Sud

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Hotel

Hotel du Sud Photo, Bastogne, Belgium
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We did it our way as we marched into the Tourist Office on the Place MacAuliffe after ruefully entering the parking area by way of the handicap parking space next to the Office. Craning our necks to see if anyone was prowling about we sneaked inside the Office and inquired on accommodations. Our receptionist presented us with a copy of the page in the local tourist Hotel Book and we were off to the Hotel du Sud only 50 meters down Rue du Marche. We pranced into the lobby-bar and inquired about a room in our broken German and French. Madam seemed to understand and wrote a number on a pad (54 Euros with breakfast). We accepted and offered to leave deposit or we think we did, but they required only ou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Hotel du Sud
Rue de Marche, 39
Bastogne, Belgium
32(06) 61 21 11 14

Restaurant Hang-Chow

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Restaurant

Restaurant Hang-Chow Photo, Bastogne, Belgium
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It has been our comforting observation that almost anywhere we travel, we can get an inexpensive, tasty Chinese meal in a cozy and tasteful restaurant. Hang-Chow was not an exception. We stepped out the door of the Hotel Sud on a quiet Saturday night and hung a right on Rue du Marche. Past a few closed shops was the bright neon vertical sign of Hang-Chow. A slightly faded menu hung on the door and a bright light beckoned beyond an etched glass partition. After entering a tiny foyer, we passed into an intimate dinning area. Black lacquered chairs snuggled up to blue and white clothed tables sprinkled with starchy pink napkins and loads of glassware. Mirrored-framed oriental scenes graced the coo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Restaurant Hang-Chow
Rue de Marche 5
Bastogne, Belgium
+32 (061) 214812

Belgian MacAuliffe (Le)

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Restaurant | "Le Belgian MacAuliffe"

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I gazed through the frosted panes of the expansive restaurant on the corner of Rue de Marche and asked myself, "Are they open? Please let them be open! Is that a fireplace I see against the back wall? Please let it be a fireplace on the back wall," I whispered. After a brisk day on the windswept hills of the Ardennes, we were in the market for some wholesome comfort food and the name around Bastogne was "The Ardenne Ham is King. "King Ham" says the folklore," rules over a court of pork nobility which includes smoked, garlic and juniper flavored sausages, meat pies and other pork meats." We went in search of this King and maybe a few of his knights. Restaurant MacAuliffe blazed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2004

Belgian MacAuliffe (Le)
35 Place MacAuliffe
Bastogne, Belgium
+32 61 217021

Bastogne Historical Center

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Attraction | "Colline du Mardasson and Historical Center"

Bastogne Historical Center Photo, Bastogne, Belgium
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In December of 1944 over 75,000 Americans died here. Dedicated on July 16, 1950, this was " A token of gratitude of the Belgium population for the liberation of the country and to the American Army and the Allies. The Belgo-American Association remembers the young Americans who came to liberate Belgium." This is why Bastogne is called "Nuts City." It was here General MacAuliffe, commander of the US 101st Airborne emphatically replied "Nuts" to the ultimatum of December 22, 1944 by General Manteuffel for the surrender of surrounded Bastogne. One mile on the outskirts of Bastogne on the Hill Mardasson before us rose a somber mammoth stone star. We gazed on 5 limbs, names of the 49 state...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2004

Bastogne Historical Center
Colline du Mardasson
Bastogne, Belgium
+32 61 21 1413

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