B L Bastogne Verviers 205km
Published: 15/11/2018
Bastogne Sherman tank
Trip from Bastogne to Vianden or actually Franchimont which lies a little to the south of Vianden 205 km.
We start our trip on the McAuliffe square at the American Sherman tank called Baracuda. This has done service here at the time of the Ardennes Offensive and has earned a beautiful place.
Bastogne has several of these tanks and also museums that recall this intense period.
We continue our route south and enter the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from Belgium. The southernmost point of our ride we reach at the town of Arsdorf. Then we reach the Place Esch-sur-Sure where we stop in the parking lot on the Rue des Jardins where we have a view of the Castle of Esch-sur-Sure.
We continue our journey towards Bourcheid and Brandenbourg and reach our most easterly route point Vianden where you will find a fantastically maintained and partly restored castle. When you visit the castle and take a tour it will become clear that here too the ties with our Oranjehuis are very close.
We continue our journey north through Luxembourg and find it just before we cross the border to Belgium again a pleasure to fill the tank of our engine with gasoline in Luxembourg in terms of price for our pre-war.
After crossing the border, we continue our trip on Belgian territory northwards and reach our next point Malmédy via Sankt-Vith and Baugnez. In Malmédy we find the famous Obelisque Fontain on the Place Albert 1er.
Besides the famous Obelisque Malmédy has many other beautiful buildings where you can find yourself just by stretching your legs. The architectural styles are diverse, such as the kiosk on the Place du Pont Neuf in neoclassical style.
We continue our trip towards Robersville and then head towards the end of our trip. As said, this is slightly below Vervier in the town of Franchimont Theux. Here ends the trip at the Chateau de Franchimont. The Castle of Franchimont is a medieval fortress built in the 11th century on a rocky spur which overlooks three valleys north of the Ardennes, 8 km from Spa. This breth us at the end of our approx. 200 km long trip. All credits for this trip are for Allessandro Perrone an Italian member of the PC800 club Netherlands.
Burcht Esch sur Sure
Kasteel Vianden
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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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