by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
October 13, 2002
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We arrived in Durbuy about mid-afternoon after a beautiful and relaxing drive from the Namur/Dinant area. The two-lane road that leads into Durbuy was curiously busy, the walking paths along the River Ourthe were also crowded, people walking, pushing baby strollers and they didn’t seem to be going to any specific place. As we entered the town, we found ourselves in the middle of a traffic jam. This Smallest Town in the World had swollen and overflowed its banks - there was a festival going on. After circling the Town Square several times, we finally found the parking area reserved for the Sanglier guests.
The front entrance to the hotel was a little hard to find, but we squeezed between the tables and chairs on the sidewalk café filled with festival-goers enjoying the day, and discovered the Registration Desk. Once inside, the elegance of the Sanglier was immediately apparent. The grand sitting room filled with overstuffed chairs, a fireplace, and cozy seating areas was overshadowed only by the friendly and gracious staff.
Checking into our room was quick and easy. We were on the second floor in a large room with a king-sized bed, dresser, comfy chairs, small table, and a modern bathroom. We had a panoramic view from our window of the town square and the massive floral masterpiece created for the festival. There was a small lift (elevator) just off the lobby.
I was impressed how quiet the rooms were, even with all the music and traffic noise on the street below during the peak of the festival. Of course, once the festival ended, the streets emptied of people and cars, and by nightfall, it was blissfully quiet.
From journal Once Upon a Time in Durbuy, Belgium