Cycling in Wallonia
Wallonia might have less of the history to visit as in Flanders but it is no less interesting. Cities like Liege, Namur, Charleroi and further east Verviers, Malmedy, Spa, St. Vith and Vielsalm have a lot to offer. Personally I prefer cycling in Wallonia over Flanders although I love the old cities in Flanders.
I forgot how many times I cycled Wallonia. A typical bike ride looked like this: train to Maastricht (when I lived in Amsterdam), follow the route: Verviers, Malmedy, Vielsalm or St Vith (nice youth hostel here) and than into Luxembourg.
From Luxembourg there are several routes through the Ardennes to Bastogne, Marche-en-Famenne/Rochefort, Champlon, Huy and Liege.
Many of these towns have hotels, youth hostels and campings. Malmedy is probably a good example of a nice though touristy town. But others are just as cool.
Bastogne has a lot of history in relation to World War I and there's plenty to see here. There are many cemeteries around and if you are in this area, you should visit them.
One interesting castle is to be found in La Roche en Ardenne on a hill top. The town itself is nice enough for an overnight stop but the ruins make the stop even better.
Cycling through the Ardennes is a rewarding experience. Many of the roads are quiet and lead through scenic areas. Summers are obviously nicer periods in the year to cycle here than winters. But the winters can be beautiful too, especially if has been snowing.
Cycling, Irish Coffee and more Irish Coffee
The old town of La Roche En Ardenne has a special place in my heart. Once I was doing a short trip in Belgium: Maastricht-Malmedy-Vianden-Champlon-Maastricht. It was early in the year but already around 20C. Unfortunately the last day when I cycled back from Champlon to Maastricht it had become very cold.
From Saturday evening with 20C to Sunday morning the temperature drop was almost 20 degrees. So I woke up in Champlon with cold feet and an even colder nose. But I had to move. So I cycled north, with the idea to cycle as fast as I could to get warm.
First stop: La Roche en Ardenne. This time I had little interest in the centuries old castle. I needed to get warm, so I went into a cafe. It was just open for those who were on their way to church. The bartender gave me an Irish coffee which warmed me up. I was ready for another 20 or so km.
The next stop was Hotton where I did the same thing, only now with 2 Irish Coffees. Not completely sober I went on. This ritual repeated itself another 3 or 4 times before I was back in Maastricht and in a warm train back home. I'm not sure if I kept drinking more Irish Coffee that day. But I did fell asleep in the train.
Cycling in Flanders
Explore the Belgian flatlands and historical cities as Antwerp, Bruges, Gent and Leuven. Spend some quality time in Flanders, there is a lot to do here.
Cycling for days in the cold rain in June, it's what people call the West European Summer.