Date: 21st September 2022
Travelled: 60 kms from Dinant to Namur
Stayed: Namur Aire, free, N50.46780, E04.85020
Budget: 119 days @ €101 per day
We wake to a heavy mist of fog in Dinant. Our plan for this morning was to take the gondola to the Citadel for some photos and then do a local river cruise. But it’s not looking good.
The weather app tells us the fog will clear by 11am. So we have breakfast and another coffee 11am passes and there’s little improvement so we ready the Hymer once again and drive down the hill, then turn North following the River Meuse to Namur.
We find the aire easily enough, it’s behind a large indoor sporting complex (but no pool to Pam’s disappointment). There are only 6 spots, but we find ourselves with the choice of two. Why are we visiting Namur apart from the facts it’s on our way. Our guide book does not ring its praises but it does have a free aire. Once the Hymer’s settled we walk along the River Sambre toward the Citadel.
The Citadel overlooks the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre Rivers, which one would suppose is a strategic position for a fortress. We purchase our tickets €5 pp (seniors) and take the gondola to the top.
As our guide book suggested other than some stone walls and parapets nothing of the citadels fortress remains. These days it’s mostly parkland with some viewing points a couple of cafes and a museum titled the History of Namur. As it was predominately in French there was little point paying extra to look around in there.
So we walk the parapets take some photos, then take the gondola back down.
As we walk into the centrum where looking for somewhere for lunch when we stumble across a Le Casa boasting the flavours of Africa. The menu has a selection of tapas style plates at reasonable prices. So we give it a go, walking away very satisfied.
So we wander the centrum for a while (pictured above) before going in search of the Cathédrale Saint-Aubain (pictured below).
From the outside it’s not the most impressive church we have visited. In fact its dirty grey exterior is made look even worse by the hundreds of cars parked around it. Only completed in1767, its interior is described as neoclassical Italian.
It’s true Namur is not the most appealing tourist city in Belgium but we’ve enjoyed our walk, our lunch and our free overnight. Unfortunately I must add I have never seen so many garbage and litter bins full and overflowing in all our travels (mind you Italy is pretty bad) which is not a good look.
We make our way back to the Hymer in time for drinks. The sport’s complex next door is noisy for a couple of hours then they all go home and it’s another quiet evening.
Michael + Pam