Thursday, August 05, 2010

Namur: Capital of Wallonia, French speaking part of Belgium

It wasn’t really my plan to visit Namur, the capital of Wallonia and gateway to Ardennes but I have been driving for hours already when I took a turn and avoided the highways on my way to Dinant, and I realised that I am actually going to the direction of Namur.

Hmm, shall I do a quickie stop? Well, why not?

So that’s how I ended up here in Namur =) Very spontaneous, haha!


Lovely 16th century buildings and cafe terraces along Rue de l’Ange. This is on the corner of Place d’Armes.

Namur, the capital of its namesake and Wallonia

Just like Dinant, the city has a tumultuous history after being ransacked and seized by different European powers centuries after centuries until the Belgian Revolution took place in 1830. However, I must say that the city of Namur is quite pretty. I am delighted to see the many outdoor café terraces sprawling all over the place. You can find them on small alleys, in the streets corners, on a lovely square, beside a church, well, they are just everywhere.

Trivia: Did you know that a local of Namur is called Namurois?

Because this is a quickie stop, I just walked around for city and architecture sightseeing. I was able to shop a little bit as well. There were quite a number of sales going on in many shops, and sometimes, although not planned, you just have to stop and check out if there is something nice to bring back home.

Before I left Namur, I caught a glimpse of the Tour de France. I so wanted to get a good photo of the bikers but how can a petit me squeeze into the mob already in place on the street sidelines? And before I know it, the bikers went. And they were too fast for my camera.

A lovely city. I may come back in the future and hopefully, I can stay longer than just an hour or two.

NAMUR PHOTO GALLERY:


This is Namur's main city square, Places d'Armes. Here you will find the Namur stock exchange, Namur Congress Convention and the Belfry tower.


Cozy restaurant terraces on narrow alleys and the typical gastronomic fare shops specializing foie gras.


The picturesque view of Sambre River with some of the old brewery houses in town, and across this is the citadel of Namur.


Art sculptures of Djoseph and Francwes.


It was too late when I managed to come out clear by the railings, the Tour de France bikers passed by already.

Travel Period: July 2010
Destination: Namur (Namur), Belgium

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