The Meuse is one of those confusing rivers, like the Rhine or the Elbe, that flow more or less from south to north, so that upstream is at the bottom end of the map and downstream is at the top.
This confusion of course has more to do with our map-making conventions than with the river, since the river was here before we were.
The Meuse has its source at a place called Pouilly-en-Bassigny in France. It flows for 950 kilometers (or 237 lieues, as Victor Hugo would have said) through three countries, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, before disgorging into the North Sea.
On his journey by stagecoach in 1840, Victor Hugo followed the Meuse downstream for several days, with stops in the French towns of Sedan and Givet and the Belgian towns of Dinant, Namur and Huy before he finally arrived in Liège at the beginning of August.
Second photo: Evening on the Meuse River in Liège.
Third photo: Dark clouds over the Meuse.
Fourth photo: The Meuse from the bridge called Pont des Arches.
The Ourthe is a shorter and smaller river that joins the Meuse at the south end of Liège, though actually most of the water from the Ourthe flows not directly into the Meuse but into a canal called the Dérivation de la Meuse, which was built in the nineteenth century to replace various arms of the Meuse which had existed up to that time.
Second photos: In this photo, which I took looking north from Fragnée Bridge, the Ourthe comes in from the right and the Meuse goes off to the left. The breakwater, with a fountain of water at the end, directs the water from the Ourthe into the Dérivation, which is why some people (especially people who write pedantic comments in internet forums) insist it should be called the Dérivation de l’Ourthe –- a losing battle, but some people never give up.
Third photo: This is the same scene from the other side, looking south. I took this photo from a bridge over the Dérivation called Pont Hennebique. Here the Ourthe comes in from the far left, the Meuse is on the right and the breakwater and fountain are in the middle.
Fourth photo: The Dérivation, looking north from Hennebique Bridge.
GPS 50°37'18.45" North; 5°34'45.60" East
Favorite thing: Near Place Saint Lambert, I came across a place called Telecoms City that advertises internet, telephone, fax, photocopies, and more. Therefore, if you need any telecommunications or internet access while in Liège, Telecoms City is in a very central location.
go to 'le carre'' street on friday night, you will find all students drinking more and more, dancing in that street and doing any sort of thing on that street.
Fondest memory: A huge party without any arguing or violence.
Seven years ago I was very much impressed by the first hearing of French language alive. That was my impressions:
"Russian classical literature presents French as a language of nobility. So it was not useal to hear people speak it at the street and all around. I don't understand a word but sounds nice. When a conductor in the train adressed us : 'Bonjouer!', I felt like aristocrat!"
How young i was ... :)
Favorite thing: Liege is in a river valley with the western bank considerably higher than river valley. Very pretty, but to transit from the heights to the river you have the stairs. This set had over four hundred steps. Of course I had to go up the stairs to see if there was a good vantage for pictures. About three quarters of the way up, I realized that this was really quite high and with no hand rails, if I slipped, there was nothing to slow me down until I reached the bottom. I kept going to the top and then turned and retraced my steps much more cautiously. I wasn’t alone on the stairs; people live here with the doors to their houses leading directly off the steps. Nice view but quite the walk everyday.
I visited Liege several times and I can assure that Liege is beautiful at night - even when it rains al lot! I can really recommend to make a stroll around the Old Town in the evening or at night. The squares, pubs and historic buildings are beautifully illuminated.
Liege is Wallonia's largest city and its cultural centre. But in fact, Liège has also a strong personality by itself, as a result of the many centuries of rule under the Princes-Bishops as a virtually independent state.
Liege is also the hometown of some of the most famous Belgian writers in French, among them Georges Simenon.
Favorite thing: Liège was the capital of an important industrial and mining area. The main activities used to be coal mining and iron industry. This economic activities entered a periode of severe crisis a few decades ago and the city and the surrounding region are facing the challenge of recovering their prosperity.
Those who are not afraid of some physical effort can take a walk up the 406 steps of the MONTAGNE DE BUEREN: the reward will be a fantastic panoramic view over the city of Liège.
According to legend, the 600 Franchimontese soldiers climbed up the hill in 1468 to take the camp of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. They were lead by the Liège patriot Bueren, who wanted to encourage his fellow citizens to take up arms against Charles the Bold who had taken the city. The whole plan failed , the 600 Franchimontese were killed and the city was plundered for 7 weeks. As a matter of fact, the adventure took place on another hill of the city. The montagne de Bueren staircase was actually only built in 1880 to allow the soldiers of the garrison on top of the hill to go down to the center without having to pass through the dangerous little alleys.
If you're still fit enough after having reached the top of the staircase, you can go a little bit higher to the terraced park from where the best panoramic photographs of Liège can be taken.
Fondest memory: The entire old city center of Liège is one great collection of beautiful old private houses, most of which are built in the typical Mosan style. Especially in the old streets 'Hors Chateau' and 'Feronstré' the visitor needs eyes on his back to admire this wonderful old charm. Also in both streets one is easily drawn away from the main road by the numerous picturesque little alleys and dead end streets ('Les Impasses) where one quickly forgets that Liège is a large modern city (400.000 inhabitants).
GAUFRES DE LIEGE.
If you like local specialties you cannot leave the city without having tasted a sweet 'Gaufre de Liège' (Waffle of Liège). You will find this delicacy at every bakery and even at stands in the street.
As it is a nature reserve you can't go in the moor and just walk.
You have to follow these narrow, wooden paths. That way you can walk for hours in the moor. But remember, you are not allowed to leave them. You are still walking in a nature reserve.
And besides of that, it can be really swampy.
Walking in the Hoge Venen / Les Hautes Fagnes
On the photo : the Brackven, halfway on the road between Eupen and Monschau (Germany), close to 'Haus Ternell'.
I don't know what absolutely is convenient to do here, We only cross by this City, same we use to name ' Lieja ' and wich their people call Liege in french language.
Fondest memory: I remember clearly the first impression we had arriving to Liege, was we saw an advertise in wich some one asked for : Stop wide kill in CHIAPAS- MEXICO