Ride along the Meuse river from France into Belgium
24.05.2013 - 24.05.2013 3 °C
So we set off from our bnb in Girondelle, France at about half nine this morning, it was very misty and cold, around three degrees for most of the morning. The owner kindly let us put the bike in the garage overnight. We chose the back roads and meandered up along the river via some small villages, which would usually have a citadel on top of the ridge and a church or two in the town centre below.
Another town, Givet, with a similar setup...
There were some really old chateau's from the 1600's along the river and even today they look grandiose, they don't build them like that anymore.
Although it has been pretty cold today at least there has been no rain, plus the gizmos on the Guzzi made my hands toasty, heated grips are a godsend :-)
Here is one of the back roads:
Anyways we made it to our destination, Namur, checked into the casino hotel, parked the bike on the pavement outside the main entrance, nice! Too cold to camp, plus it was supposed to be raining...sure we will have enough of that in Iceland. Next we headed up the hill behind the hotel to the citadel. Wow this thing is massive and still impresses today, in fact the entire town is dominated by it and the rivers that run on either side of it.
Difficult to show the scale with photos. Lastly here is the dimly lit passage to our room. We are now enjoying some well earned beers as Belgium make the best. The to try our luck at the casino and failing that we will consume chocolate in large quantities as apparently it is on par with the beers?