Mild weather, fast roads, quaint countryside
Presently the museum contents aren't as intriguing as the building
Charming, pittoresque with stonebricks pavement
Town Hall, located in Grand Place, started to be was constructed in 1458. It shows a Gothic style, similar to the Collegiate Church of Saint Waudru. There are very interesting details inside, but the visit are only for groups and by previous request. This must be done writing to the Tourist Office (Grand-Place 22 - 7000 Mons or...more
Mons unfolds around a nice and wide square, dominated by City Hall, but very harmonious and with interesting buildings around. Some restaurants and esplanades give life to the place even in the cold days that we had (cold but sunny, what, in this latitude, is a blessing this time of the year).We were using a car, and the gentle restrictions to...more
Relics of Sainte Wandru are in a guilded coffin held high above the alter of the church. It isn't actually gold, but gilded copper. IT was made to look like the church and is really beautiful. Every year there is a procession where this coffin is paraded through the town in a golden carriage, 'CAR D'OR.' Ducasse de Mons, as the event is called,...more
The church is large and the ceiling seemed higher than it actually was because there are no linear divisions on the three story elevation. The sculptures are mostly of alabaster crafted by Jacques Du Broeucq between 1535 and 1548. The canonesses requested his work for the church. He is considered the Michael Angelo of Mons. A funny story I was told...more
If you have time to visit Mons try arranging a tour of the town through the Information office. My friend did this for me and I enjoyed it very much. A two hour tour (about $50.00) was a generous gift. We were joined by several of his family and friends and it seemed that they enjoyed the tour as much as I did. Learning the history of Mons and...more
I do hope you take a good look at the old door's at the Town Hall, and elsewhere in Mon's, as there are some beauties'My favorite, and this goes for any I have viewed, would be the Archway door. The door handle and Lock was really worth admiring and wondering how much effort was put into making this outstanding piece!Then, when I looked at the next...more
Rue Des Arbalestriers 112, Mons, Hainaut, B-7000, Belgium
Good for: Solo
Rue des Fusilles 12, Mons, Hainaut, 7020, Belgium
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Boulevard Charles Quint 27b, Mons, Hainaut, 7000, Belgium
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Just the place one would imagine meeting friends for a drink after shopping, a hard day of work or even after a tour of the city's center. We sat at a table along one wall of the restaurant near the big windows overlooking the Grand Place. The spiral staircase was just along side. Stairs in Belgium seemed to be a bit different than most in the USA....more
Three restaruants my friends took me to, which might be missed by a tourist, were enchanting spots with wonderful food. I didn't get a picture of them, but they are worth knowing about: (1.) 'La Maison du Berger' (The Shepherd's House),Route d'Ath 171, B-7050 MonsPhone: +22.214.171.124.02. http://www.lamaisonduberger.com/A Greek restaurant, with...more
This is a nice place to sit at a window table facing the Grand Place and watch the activity. The room was cozy, the pizza oven, in the open, allowed patrons to watch as their pizza was being made. The service was attentive and the price resonable. Delicious salad, pasta, pizza and wine!more
Many places along the walking streets of Mons are alive at night with energetic people. The restaurants and pubs are open late into the night and this is the place to go for a wonderful evening with friends or to meet people!Besides being wonderfully historical, Mons is definitely a University town and the weekend nights are full of happy and...more
Hey, this is new and I like it! A Moroccan teahouse and chicha place! Original, especially for Mons! The interior, staff and music are Moroccan so no problem imagining yourself in this place of the world. On the menu: mint tea (which is delicious), coffee and all sort of juices. No alcohol of course. If you're into it, you can smoke a chicha with...more
The Cubar is a nice place to start your evening. As the name tells you, the place has a lot of links with Cuba and wants to bring some Cuban atmosphere in Mons. It's situated in a cellar. The interior is quite nice (photo of Che, publicity for Bodeguita del Medio, salsa music, ...), but the plastic benches are ruining it a bit. On the menu:...more
The train station, (Gare) in Mons is situated conveniently near the town center and an easy way to travel from one city in Belgium to another for day trips.Traveling by train is fun, relaxing and efficient. There are several ticket options and of course the Eurail Pass was, at the time I was there, a traveler's best bet. One of the advatages of the...more
Having the use of a car, though not necessary, would be useful. Of course, if it is your plan to stay in / around the Grand Place, a car would be of little use. To see some of the other interesting things around Mons, a car is needed. The center of Mons is a small area ringed by roads that were once the walls of the city. Some towns have one main...more
I traveled to Mons by car and another time by train. The station is quite close to the Grand Place.Though I must walk with a cane, I chose to walk to the Grand Place when my friends were busy or at work. I stayed in a home one mile from the center of town, it took me over an hour, but a normal walker could cover the same distance in fifteen minutes...more
Baroc is a boutique located Rue des fripiers... Its early-twenty-century building is charming, with high ceiling rooms. 3 boutiques: Baroc accessories, Baroc home furniture, Baroc café...Nice place to "be lost" as you can enjoy the babbling of a fountain in the boutique while wandering from a corner to another... Clever and pleasant layout.....more
Since the 25th of September 2003, Mons has its own big shopping centre. 30000 m² of shopping: imagine!There are over 70 shops in this centre, a big part of them sells clothes. But you can also find perfume shops, pubs, a travel agency, ...It's a great place to spend a couple of hours!It is situated just at the border of the highway, so it has a...more
Belgium has two official languages, French and Flemish. This can add to the normal confusion of traveling in a country where the language is not the same as one's own.Especially if you know the name of a place in only one of the languages and if the town is smaller or more remote. Mons is located in the French area of Belgium and it seems that...more
There are many over-cast and rainy days in Belgium, which I like very much, but my Belgian friends prefer a sunny day and frequently comment on the state of the weather. Coming from perennially sunny San Diego, I do like sunny days, but also appreciate the coolness and over-cast. In fact, since this trip I have really appreciated days with a...more
There are several local festivities, such as ‘Ducasse’, originating from the 14th century, which takes place every year on Trinity Sunday. The major events are the colourful Golden Chariot’s Procession with the reliquary of St. Waltrude and the ‘Lumeçon’, the fight of Saint George against ‘le Doudou’ (= the dragon). The aim of the young people is...more
Some years ago, Mons was frightened by a couple of murders that happened here.
The person guilty of committing these crimes, cut his victims in pieces and put them in litterbags. He left the bags in streets that had a special signification like ' Wood of Horror', ' Intestin Street', etc. The victims were usually prostitutes, drug addicts, ...
Even more scary: the killer still hasn't been found! Luckily, the murders have stopped!
Do not forget your beer opener, it takes a creative person to open a bottle of Kriek (cherry beer) in a dorm room. Also a laundry bag because maid service will put your dirty clothes in the bidet. Also to stave off homesickness bring a spice from your home several of my Louisiana friends and I 'fixed' McDonalds fries by cajunfying them with some...more
49 Reviews and Opinions
If you've read some of my pages you might know already that one of my favorite things to do is search for something special to me in a new city. This has always added some really nice surprises while reconnoitering an unfamiliar area.In Mons it turned out that I had to find a new tip for my cane--which I lost on a week-end trip visiting friends in...more
Behind the the Gothic Town Hall, through a short tunnel you'll find the lovely 'Jardin du Mayeur' (the Mayor's garden.) This inner court yard is a tranquil oasis for the Mayor, citizens and tourists alike and there is no charge to enter. Several of the towns museums can be found here as well, such as, the Museum of Ceramics, the War Museum, and the...more
Parc Paridiso is a little out of Mons. My friends father asked me and my friend if we wanted to 'feed the birds in the park' We were expecting to be dropped of in a city park with some breadcrumb instead we were dropped of at 'Disneyland' for birds its a huge habitat with knight reenactments and a bevy of bird related activities. If you like birds...more
Climbing is one of the nicest and complete sport ever.... You need flexibility, strengh, logic, confidence in the other and in your self, the capacity to go always further than what you see or what you can...
When I was teenager living in Mons, I was fond of that sport even if I could not do it very often : I dreamed a lot of time to have a climbing place in my hometown to practice when I want...And what a great surprise when this climbing hall came in 1996! I was of course one of the first addicted to this climbing hall and went most of the time 3 times per week. In the beginning, I went there alone, but I found there also a lot of friends and it became a little bit my home. The owner & manager of the hall, Robert , is a very sympathic guy, like all the other employees in fact. They organise also some events like parties to create a good atmosphere between climbers. Unfortunately, I don't climb a lot anymore since I left Mons to live in Brussels, but it is always with emotion that I look back at this happy period of my life.
Equipment: Sport clothes, climbing shoes, climbing equipment.
You can rent it if you don't have any.
One of my fondest memories was having the opportunity of stepping out on to the Royal Balcony to view the Grand Place below. I'm not sure if it was part of the "Package" offered in the Tour or not. In any case, I felt quite Royal for the moment. There were a few other Royal moments for me in Mons, but this was the best. That is me, on the left...more
This photo is of a carriage gate that caught my eye. These houses across the street from Sainte Waudru Collegiate Church once belonged to the 'Canonesses,' rich women who joined the religious community initially founded by Sainte Wandru. The Canonesses were influential in the town from the 11th century until 1794 when they were suppressed....more
Contact the University of Mons to learn about any special event planned during your visit. Especially for young adults, spending time on a University Campus can enrich your social life as well as your mind. Touring the main building of the University and learning about the style of education was interesting. Watching all the students interacting...more