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May 15, 2014

The Name Might Get Shortened, But It’s History Can Not Be…

Filed under: BELGIUM,La Roche-en-Ardenne,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“La Roche-en-Ardenne”   is the official full name of this little Belgium town  but everyone quickly follows the local habit of shortening it to “La Roche” as soon as they arrive.

There has been human occupation here since Neolithic times but the town keeps it’s character intact with the historical building style  and small size.

The area is popular with tourists who come for the hill forest walking, canoeing down the wide River Ourthe that meanders with large bends around the small hills.

These river bends make ideal camping areas and there are camp-sites and caravan parks all over the place, it’s clear that the summer camping tourists are a massive contributor to the local economy.

I note with a grin that there appear to be  Christmas lights in the main streets of the town: it was the end of August 2012 when we were here, are these still up from the previous year or are they getting in exceptionally early for December already?Another thing I noticed was that the town appears to be on some sort of  professional cycling circuit, in fact even without the signposts it would have been hard to miss because I saw at least half a dozen sets of lycra clad groups racing by during the long weekend. What I  am delighted not to see are any new-build edge of town supermarkets, instead there are little bakeries, butchers and local shops in te main street, all of which appear to be well patronised, I’m liking this place more and more and more.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 14, 2014

Sometimes “Plain Vanilla Basic” Is Exactly What Is Needed…

Filed under: Accomodation,BELGIUM,La Roche-en-Ardenne,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch arrive in the small Belgium town of La Roche, our first stop is the small apartment we have hired for the weekend.

It’s called “Villa Clara” and isn’t terribly modern but it’s clean and tidy and basically we will be out all day and only sleeping here at night…  and it was cheap.

The landlady speaks French and is friendly, there’s a fridge and basic cooking facilities which would be handy if we were here longer but we are not intending to be cooking here this trip as we will be eating out with our friend.

I giggled when I saw the bathroom as it contains the skinniest shower I’ve ever seen in my life, but I’m still delighted to see a shower because climbing over the high edges of baths is the scariest thing I try and do with my foot injury and I avoid it at all costs.

There’s a double bed plus a single bed in the only bedroom, and a sofa bed that could be folded out in the living room. You know, not so up to date but it will do fine…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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