Europe, Belgium, Wallonia

More sights in Wallonia

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More sights in Wallonia

Back in 2002, the Monkey motored around many areas of Belgium, including French-speaking Wallonia. Here are a few miscellaneous images from that region.


Celles, Wallonia, Belgium
Not far from Rochefort, the Monkey visited the truly quaint village of Celles, nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Lesse River valley region. The closer of the two churches in this photo is the 12th Century Saint Hadelin Church. The parallel hilltop church gives Celles a unique look. Many of the houses are constructed of gray fieldstones like the ones the Monkey is resting against here, adding immensely to the village’s character.

Misty morning in the Belgian Ardennes
The Monkey enjoys an early morning mist somewhere in the Ardennes, the hilly, eastern section of Belgium that borders Luxembourg and Germany. In this region, there is a significant German-speaking minority that adds to the complexity of Belgium’s multilingual, multicultural mosaic.

Du Bocq Brewery, Purnode, Namur, Belgium
The Monkey inspects a brewing tank in the Du Bocq Brewery, in Purnode, near Namur. This independent, family-owned brewery opened on a farm in 1858, and today produces ten different beers: Blanche de Namur, Saison Regal, Saint Benoit Blonde, Saint Benoit Brune, Triple Moine, Deugniet, Regal Christmas, and three varieties of La Gauloise: Brune, Ambrée, and Blonde. Thirsty?

Mustard flowers, Belgium
Fields of this head-high, bright yellow rapeseed (mustard) flower are a common sight in Europe. Here, the Monkey climbs the stems of some mustard flowers in southern Belgium. Contrary to popular belief, mustard flowers are not an ingredient in mustard gas, the toxic weapon first used in Ypres, Belgium by German soldiers in September, 1917. Rather, these flowers are used to make much more benevolent products, like rapeseed oil for cooking. The poison gas’s name derived from the odor that afflicted soldiers described, of mustard, garlic, horseradish, or even apples.



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Belgium

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Population:

10,403,951 (2008)

Land area:

30,278 sq. km.

Capital:

Brussels (pop. 949,070; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Belgium ranked 9th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 18th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $37,384.34. Public debt accounts for 84.6 percent of total GDP, while 15.2 percent of Belgians are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Dutch (Flemish), French

Monkey's name:

Aap, Le Singe

Fun fact:

Of all Belgium’s famous comics, no character is more famous than Tintin. The comic showcased the adventures of the journalist Tintin and his trusty dog Snowy as they travelled to exotic places from the Tibet and the Yucatán to the surface of the moon, exploring and solving crimes along the way. Penned and drawn by Belgian artist Hergé, the series first appeared in newspapers in 1929 and later expanded to books. One measure of Tintin’s popularity is the fact that his books have been translated into over 60 languages worldwide.



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