Trappisten proeven in de Ardennen
Het graf van de reus
The route starts at the Total gas station located on the N633 at Comblain-au-Pont. This service station is accessible from the E25 Liège-Luxembourg motorway exit 45.

Along the banks of the Ourthe, Durbuy, La Roche and Marche and Famenne we arrive in Rochefort. Here lies the Abbey Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, or the Abbey of Rochefort.

The Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy Abbey in Rochefort belongs to the Cistercians of the strict observance, better known as the Trappists. The foundation deed was granted in 1230 and the abbey was named Secours de Notre-Dame.
In 1899 they established a small brewery. The brewery became the main source of income for the abbey.
Rochefort is one of the abbeys that can use the name 'Trappist beer'.

From Rochefort the route descends further to the south where we cross the Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey.
The abbey settled here in 1132. The monastery is known for its history and spiritual life, but also for its Trappist beer and typical Trappist cheese.

The route leaves Orval and meander along the Semois further towards Bouillon.

Bouillon is dominated by the medieval fortress of Godfrey of Bouillon and the old town center.
The origins of Bouillon would date from the 8th century. Its existence is confirmed from 988.
The city lies on a meander of the Semois at an altitude of 383 meters above sea level.

The route follows the banks of the Semois further towards France. We pass a number of spectacular views such as the Tomb of the Giant, the panorama of Frahan in Rochehaut and Les Dames de Meuse to arrive at the Abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont.

The abbey was founded in the summer of 1850 by a small group of monks on the wild highland of Scourmont near Chimay. A farm, a brewery and a cheese factory will be built around the monastery. The first Chimay beer was brewed in 1862. In 1876 the Trappist monks of Chimay tried an old recipe to make a semi-hard cheese, which they allowed to ripen in the cellars of the abbey.

Via France and the banks of the Meuse, we drive via Dinant towards Namur and the terminus of this route.

The end point of this route is at the entrance of the E42 Liège-Charleroi motorway.

Attention: as a driver, the limit is 0.5 per mille alcohol or 0.22 per mil per liter of exhaled air. In case of violation, you will therefore lose your driver's license.
Abdij van Orval
Het kasteel van Bouillon
Useful links:
Abdij van Rochefort
Abdij van Orval
Abdij van Chimay
Wikipedia over Trappistenbier
Wikipedia over de orde van trappisten

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Wallonia (; French: [la] Wallonie [walɔni]; German: [das] Wallonien [vaˈloːni̯ən] (listen) or [die] Wallonie [valoˈniː]; Dutch: [het] Wallonië [ʋɑˈloːnijə] (listen); Walloon: [li] Walonreye [walɔnʀɛj]; Luxembourgish: [d']Wallounien [vɑˈləʊ̯niə̯n], Latin: Wallōnia or Vallōnia) is a region of Belgium. As the southern portion of the country, Wallonia is primarily French-speaking, and accounts for 55% of Belgium's territory, but only a third of its population. The Walloon Region was not merged with the French Community of Belgium, which is the political entity responsible for matters related mainly to culture and education, because the French Community of Belgium encompasses both Wallonia and the majority French-Speaking Brussels-Capital Region. The German-speaking minority in eastern Wallonia results from World War I and the subsequent annexation of three cantons that were initially part of the former German empire. This community represents less than 1% of the Belgian population. It forms the German-speaking Community of Belgium, which has its own government and parliament for culture-related issues. During the industrial revolution, Wallonia was second only to the United Kingdom in industrialization, capitalizing on its extensive deposits of coal and iron. This brought the region wealth, and from the beginning of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, Wallonia was the more prosperous half of Belgium. Since World War II, the importance of heavy industry has greatly diminished, and the Flemish Region surpassed Wallonia in wealth, as Wallonia declined economically. Wallonia now suffers from high unemployment and has a significantly lower GDP per capita than Flanders. The economic inequalities and linguistic divide between the two are major sources of political conflicts in Belgium and a major factor in Flemish separatism. The capital of Wallonia is Namur, and the most populous city is Charleroi. Most of Wallonia's major cities and two-thirds of its population lie along the Sambre and Meuse valley, the former industrial backbone of Belgium. To the north lies the Central Belgian Plateau, which, like Flanders, is relatively flat and agriculturally fertile. In the southeast lie the Ardennes, hilly and sparsely populated. Wallonia borders Flanders and the Netherlands (Limburg) in the north, France (Grand Est and Hauts-de-France) to the south and west, and Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate) and Luxembourg (Capellen, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Alzette, Redange and Wiltz) to the east. Wallonia has been a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie since 1980.
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