See wonderful Wallonia….Belgium at its best

A WEEKEND break in Belgium is all well and good yet Flanders with Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp hogs the limelight.

So, how about Wallonia? This is the French-speaking southern part of the country, which much to offer – not least the famous Leffe beers of Hainaut. It is also home to Ruffus sparkling wines, which has a two-year waiting list to buy a bottle and the award winning chocolates of Legast.

If history’s your thing Wallonia is home to Waterloo, the battlefield not the station.

The region is dotted with medieval chateaus, abbeys and palaces surrounded by forests valleys, and rivers. There are cities to explore too, including the capital Namur, Dinant – birthplace of the saxophone –  Mariembourg, which is EU recognised for its natural beauty and then there’s Durbuy that styles itself the world’s smallest city.

After all that sightseeing you can indulge in a cone of frites on the banks of the Lesse.

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Author Natalie Chalk

Natalie Chalk is a journalist and travel writer who has worked on the news desks of the MailOnline and the Daily Express. She has recently written about learning to burlesque in Czechia, surf in Norway and wander the medieval streets of Malta for which she was nominated for the Malta Tourism Award 2014. She’s written for all the UK’s national newspapers with travel features appearing in the Guardian, TNT Magazine and Express Newspapers. She has lived in Peru, Nigeria and Portugal and earlier this year she returned to London after travelling the world for 14 months, visiting 39 cities. In 2017, Chalkmarks.co.uk was named Top 10 UK Travel Bloggers.

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