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Slow travel in Belgium by Laurie (part 2)

Last time, we were talking about slow travel and travel. Discover 4 new places to visit in Belgium.

Hello everybody,

I hope you're all right!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Laurie, I have an Instagram page (@goodmorninglau) on which I try to approach everything ecological with a critical mind and humour. I also write on a collaborative blog (goodgirls.be) in the green category. We're talking about zero waste, ethical fashion, eco-renovation and lots of other cool things. 

Today I share with you the second article of slow travel in Belgium with some hidden gems, which will make you want to enjoy the last beautiful days of summer and especially the rail pass offered by the scnb. I link it to you here, 12 trips free of charge, we don't refuse. (https://www.hello-belgium.be/#/generate-pass)

In part 1 of this article, I told you how I was the cliché of the globetrotter and I thought I had to go far to escape. Wrong! It's been almost a year and a half since I've been on an inter-Europe plane and clearly, I haven't been bored. I could appreciate France and Belgium at their very best, I even took a night train to Vienna to save a few tons of CO2 and have a great weekend.

I am no trying to blame you if you take the plane, I was like you and maybe I still will be. However, I use airplanes in a more thoughtful and conscious way.

So I have decided with Camille from theprettygetaways.com to offer you again some lovely possibilities around Belgium. What if we went on vacation at home? And what if we escaped a few kilometers away, by train, bus, bike?

First I let Camille introduce herself in a few lines.

I am Camille, I am 25 years old, I have a degree in Languages, Communication and Graphic Design, and I have an insatiable desire to discover the world.

I think my experience with slow travel really started during the lockdown. Before that, thanks to different inspiring people sharing their experiences on social networks, I had already become aware of certain things and knew that I needed to improve my way of understanding travel. Certainly, we were already making it a point to enjoy all the pleasures that the destinations we were going to visit. We can say that we were making the most of our trip. On the other hand, we were still far from travelling slowly. To take time. Length of vacation imposed by the employers, you know...

The confinement thus came to turn everything upside down and forced things a little for me. From one day to the next, our freedom was taken away from us. No more question of leaving the country in search of exotic and exotic places. No more making plans and planning for the next trip. It was therefore necessary, at the end of the lockdown period, when travel abroad was still unthinkable, to relearn how to travel ... in our own country. It has been a great pleasure to go back on the roads to discover our country. To make mini-excursions a few minutes away from home. To take the time to know our country. 

Today, I notice that my dreams have changed. Certainly, my desire to travel is still there, and it will certainly never leave because there are so many places to discover on our beautiful planet. But in my head, my Ryanair flights (which I decided to ban once and for all) have slowly turned into train or van trips across Europe. I feel like, before leaving for the other side of the world, to discover our continent and to do it in a way that will not make me ashamed.

Camille from theprettygetaways.com

We propose you 4 Belgian places for your last sunny weekends (or not, under a grey sky it's still nice), enjoy!

Reading between the lines

Hidden amidst the orchards of the Trooz countryside is the transparent church Reading between the lines. Created by two Flemish architects, this artistic installation is built with planks placed horizontally, allowing walkers to glimpse the landscape through it.

From inside or sitting in the grass, settle down to enjoy a nice show. Psst, they say it's even more beautiful at sunset. 

Reading between the lines: lieu slow travel en Belgique
Reading between the lines
Reading between the lines: lieu slow travel en Belgique
Reading between the lines

Sahara of Lommel 

No need to go to the South of France to walk on a white sandy beach lined with pine trees. Head to the Sahara from Lommel, a hidden gem located in Limburg.

The history of this stretch of sand in the heart of Belgium is a bit peculiar: its formation is in fact due to the pollution of a zinc factory that was located there in the 20th century. The toxic emanations of this factory completely deforested the surroundings. It is to prevent the sand from spreading further that trees, mainly pines, have been planted afterwards... 

Park on the parking lot of the sports complex of De Soeverein and walk or bike through the domain. Don't stop at the lake, but take the time to explore its nooks and crannies. For a 360° panorama, climb to the top of the observation tower and admire the breathtaking view of this green oasis.

Sahara de Lommel: lieu slow travel en Belgique
Sahara of Lommel
Sahara de Lommel: lieu slow travel en Belgique
Sahara of Lommel

Nature Reserve of the Haut-Geer

Discovered on the Instagram account of Juontheroad_, (a girl living in Huy that honors our beautiful region of Terres de Meuse, the new name designating the Huy-Waremme district), the Haut-Geer Nature Reserve is a well-kept secret among ornithologists and nature photographers. Located in the Liège region, between Braives and Waremme, this 34-hectare fenced site contains various ponds (formerly used for the decantation of waste water) that are home to nearly 240 species of birds. In short, you will have understood it, it is the ideal place to observe these animals! And with luck, you will make unexpected encounters.

Réserve Naturelle du Haut-Geer: lieu slow travel en Belgique
Nature Reserve of the Haut-Geer
Réserve Naturelle du Haut-Geer: lieu slow travel en Belgique
Nature Reserve of the Haut-Geer

The Walzin Castle

The Walzin Castle is located in the region of Namur. It is a magnificent citadel perched at the top of the 50m cliff. It is possible to make some nice walks around it, I recommend you the maps.me app which lists all the hiking tracks and which works off-line (not bad for people always without battery like me). The coolest way to observe it is by kayaking down the Lesse river (with a few beers). Unfortunately, I lost the pictures I took during my visit so I leave you with a few photos from visiteardenne.com.

Le Château de Walzin par visiteardenne.com
The Walzin Castle from visiteardenne.com
Le Château de Walzin par visiteardenne.com
The Walzin Castle from visiteardenne.com

I hope that these 4 Belgian places will make you want to explore our flat country and try slow travel.

With these beautiful words, I'll see you soon for a new article and give you a kiss,

Laurie


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