Grey is also a nice colour

Durbuy Travel Blog

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View over field outside Durbuy

Durbuy is situated on two sides of the river 'Ourthe'. In the past, I went kayaking on this river. The many rapids make it an adventurous undertaking. In the last couple of days, a lot of rain has fallen as well as 10cm of snow, all of which has melted. This made the river run even more rapid. Too bad one cannot catch that on a still picture. The typical Ardennes grey stone is the choice of building material here in Durbuy. This, on a grey and rainy November 11, made it hard to take colourful pictures. Thank heavens it is autumn for otherwise there would have been no colour at all. Now at least, the pumpkins and umbrellas did the trick.

The main feature in Durbuy is a castle. The count of Luxemburg built it on a rock and used it as part of a line of defence. He formed this line against the neighbouring bishopric that was trying to expand. Faith and peaceā€¦ a difficult combination. We spend an hour or two in Durbuy and then went on our way. Next stop: La Roche en Ardenne.

Sunflower300 says:
See what I mean, 11:11, I just happen to come here and read this today. :)
Posted on: May 04, 2008
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Grey is the name of the game.
Together with my best friend, I went to the Belgian Ardenne for one day. Our first stop (after several coffee breaks and a pit stop for some gas) was Durbuy. Durbuy is supposed to be the smallest city in Europe. It lies in the heart of the Ardenne, somewhere along the 'Cheese Route'. They call it that, of course, because a lot of farmers make cheese in this area. Among those, is Rochefort, not to be confused with the more famous (and French) Roquefort, the town that gives its name to the blue cheese. Besides cheese, Rochefort is known for its beer. Today however, we skipped Rochefort and went to Durbuy.

Durbuy calls itself the 'smallest city in the world' because back in 1331 it obtained City rights. For a long time, no more than 400 residents lived there. Today however, it isn't a city anymore 'cause it lost its claim somewhere in the 1970's, when it joined with neighbouring villages. Anyway, small it is. About 8000 people live in the entire community, a few of those in Durbuy. The history is clearly visible. There are houses and other buildings from the last seven centuries. The village is full of character as you can see in below pictures.

Chokk says:
Durbuy is a nice place - I have now been there a couple of times and I still enjoy coming back. The roads in the area are really great driving.
Posted on: Nov 25, 2008
jessica0606 says:
congrats on the featured blog!
Posted on: Nov 25, 2008
KeikoCreative says:
Oh I click on the title and it links to this page:P Yes isn't that wonderful:)
Posted on: Nov 25, 2008
View over field outside Durbuy
View over field outside Durbuy
Grey is the name of the game.
Grey is the name of the game.
Field with autumn colors
Field with autumn colors
Distant hills
Distant hills
Old houses
Old houses
4 different colors on a roof
4 different colors on a roof
Railing along the river Ourthe
Railing along the river 'Ourthe'
Tower of a house
Tower of a house
Butcher in Durbuy
Butcher in Durbuy
One of the oldest
One of the oldest
You can see the rainfall in this p…
You can see the rainfall in this …
We sheltered under a porch from th…
We sheltered under a porch from t…
Little shop
Little shop
The shop sold quit a few umbrellas…
The shop sold quit a few umbrella…
Countryroad
Countryroad
Glowing field
Glowing field
The old and the new combined
The old and the new combined
Old villa
Old villa
The villa with garden
The villa with garden
Family-owned castle, built by the …
Family-owned castle, built by the…
Undulating road
Undulating road
Pumpkins made a grey day a bit mor…
Pumpkins made a grey day a bit mo…
Entrance to the castle
Entrance to the castle
The castle
The castle
a villa
a villa
The lines in the rock tells you ho…
The lines in the rock tells you h…
V for victory
V for victory
Autumn shows
Autumn shows
colorful bunch
colorful bunch
Misty hills
Misty hills
Durbuy
photo by: Sweetski