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The Ardennes

When we first moved to Belgium and discovered how utterly flat it is, I started asking around for places to go for hikes. Well, apparently in this part of Belgium a “hike” is not so realistic- a nice walk perhaps, or a stroll, but not a hike. The place that everyone kept recommending was the Ardennes. At first I was a little unclear about what the Ardennes were- a city? a mountain range? A general area? The Ardennes is a forested area in southeastern Wallonia (the French speaking part of Belgium), including the Ardennes mountains and the basins of the Meuse and Moselle rivers. I have so far taken two trips to the Ardennes and enjoyed both thoroughly- it is such a beautiful area with natural charm and cute old towns with unique character. There are hiking trails, monasteries, caves and gardens and It is also the home to several abbey breweries. I highly recommend the area and hope to go back again soon!

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Givet, on the River Meuse
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Citadel in Givet, France
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Hiking to Maredsous Abbey
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Maredsous Abbey

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Beautiful autumn day at the Chimay Abbey
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont (Where they make Chimay)

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Jardins d’Annevoie
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Dinant Citadel and Cathedral

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Coques de Dinant

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