Liege is the main city of the French-speaking region of Wallonia and I found that my basic French worked perfectly in all the usual situations I found myself - ordering beers mostly.
There is though a local dialect too which fortunately I was never subjected to since it is very much a different language to standard French. In fact one of my Belgian "fiends" had to ask her husband to help with the translation of the cartoon pictured - thank you Jessika ( jojes here on VT).
Basically it translates something like:
"Who'd want to eat at home!" (The cartoon is advertising a local restaurant).
There's also a bit of subtle Belgian humour going on here as well - noting the leggy waitress and the trio of beers. Also note the somewhat lascivious look on the priest's face - who or what's that directed at?
For a bit more of the dialect the Liege Tourisme leaflet offers the following:
oufti: typical Liège interjection for surprise
potale: small niche or chapel (often inset into a wall) to the
aubette: kiosk, shelter in local French
drache: Belgians use this word to refer to the pelting rain
kot: Belgians use this word to refer to a student room
guindaille: in French-speaking Belgium, student celebrations
trémie: tunnel in local French
EATING & DRINkING...
pèkèt: local gin, juniper spirit
chique: sweet in local French
bonbon: biscuit in local French
mitraillette: meat and chips/fries in a baguette
cramique: sweet bun with dried raisins and sugar
sauce lapin : sauce to accompany meatballs – literally
goulafe : glutton in local French
SOME NICE WORDS IN WALLOON...
Binamé: nice/kind. E.g.: “Il est bien byname”: “he is very
poyon: little chicken/chick. E.g.: “Mi p’tit poyon”: “Darling”
mi p’tite gueûye: lit. “my little mouth”, means more or less
mamé: kind, friendly
SOME NOT SO NICE WORDS IN WALLOON...
èwaré: amazed, stupefied; also foolish
bièsse: idiot, stupid
Lêd djône: lit. “ugly youth”: dirty kid
Clô t’gueûye: lit. “shut your mouth”
Va-s’ti fé arèdjî: go to hell
- Hiking and Walking
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Just about everywhere in Liège you can see these typical brick houses, often built in the nineteenth or early twentieth centuries.
The three houses in these photos were all built in the year 1896. I took these photos on the street called rue Auguste-Buisseret (formerly rue de Kinkempois) in the Guillemins district at the south end of Liège, near the new Guillemins station.
Second photo: The three houses.
Third photo: 1896 on another house.
GPS 50°37'19.95" North; 5°34'18.25" East
- Historical Travel
During the period of Easter, (and not only at Liège but also in of other regions of Belgium) a tradition is to offer the eggs to the friends and knowledge.
Often one in chocolate offer but equally of "true" eggs. Traditionally people coloured them.
It was visible at the time of our visit to the market of La Batte
Durant la période de Pâques, (et pas seulement à Liège mais aussi dans d'autres régions de Belgique) une tradition est d'offrir les œufs aux amis et connaissances.
Souvant on en offre en chocolats mais également de "vrais" œufs . Traditionnellement on les colore.
On en a vus lors de notre visite au marché de la Batte
Phone: Every Sunday morning
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Tchantches is the name of the most popular folklore puppet of the Outremeuse part of the city.
According to a legend, he appeared from between 2 stones in the ground in 760. As a baby he preferred the local gin (pékèt) to the milk his mother gave him.
Tchantshes stars in puppet theatres which still give performances in Liège.
- Theater Travel
- Family Travel
Every 15 August is in the sign of big celebrations in Outremeuse. The streets are packed with people playing, dancing and singing. There are several stages all over this part of the city and all you have to do is to join in.
- Family Travel
I had the privelege of helping to set up and also attending a wedding Reception in Liege. They did a variety of stange little dances and more common ones like the 'tunnel dance' Mostly to american oldies the men also made 'do-rags' out of napkins (I dont know if this is a tradition or just them being strange).
MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART - One of the finest museums of modern art in Europe. Picasso, Gauguin, Monet, Magnelli, Tàpies etc.
LOCATION : Parc de la Boverie 3 4020 Liège