La Roche-en-Ardenne, the salty rock.

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Castle towers

Our next stop was La Roche-en-Ardenne (meaning 'the rock in Ardennes') which sits by a curve of the same river as Durbuy does. They sure have a pretty rock here and an important one too. As early as 57 BC a fort was built on it. Later, a (medieval) castle replaced the fort. The castle is now in ruins. If you want to go wander around the ruins plot, it will set you back € 4,50.

While searching for a place to park, we suddenly looked right in to the barrel of a Sherman tank. It was taking up our parking space. Here and there in La Roche you'll find other reminiscences of the war. In World War II, the Ardennes was heavily fought over. In September '44 the allies conquered it on the Germans but as early as December of the same year, they got it back during the Ardennes Offensive.

The town hall
In January of the following year, the British finally liberated the town. All this can be seen at the local museum with the clever name "Battle of the Ardennes". For all you veterans out there: a ticket for the museum costs 6 euros.

We walked through town as it was getting time for lunch. The Belgians are known for their fries. Not those thin, meager French fries but big, chunky fries with crispy outside and soft, hot, almost mash like inside. Therefore, we went to a 'frieterie' where they specialize in fries. Boy, did we get disappointed. The fries themselves were okay but the truckload of salt on them ruined the taste. For the next couple of weeks, everything I put in my mouth will taste like those fries. At home, I am now on a saltless diet for a year, just to get it out of my system.

scubagirl76 says:
I'll have some fries with that salt, please :)
Posted on: Dec 07, 2008
sylviandavid says:
I love that a food Belgian is famous for is fries! Now that is worth visiting a country for! And David and I like the thick "home" fries best. Sylvia
Posted on: Nov 29, 2008
lauro says:
my favorite part of belgium!
Posted on: Nov 22, 2008
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Castle towers
Castle towers
The town hall
The town hall
Beautiful villa
Beautiful villa
Looking down from the castle
Looking down from the castle
Yes, and the lets get the hell o…
Yes, and the 'let's get the hell …
Actually more steep than the photo…
Actually more steep than the phot…
Slate roof tiles
Slate roof tiles
Led and slate detail
Led and slate detail
Led and slate detail, needs a bit …
Led and slate detail, needs a bit…
Moss on a wall
Moss on a wall
Timber surrounds the town
Timber surrounds the town
Timber surrounds the town, but not…
Timber surrounds the town, but no…
The town hall (on the left)
The town hall (on the left)
Being in a valley by a river means…
Being in a valley by a river mean…
The road leading up to the ruin
The road leading up to the ruin
Ah, and there it is; the ruined ca…
Ah, and there it is; the ruined c…
Slate wall
Slate wall
Rooftops
Rooftops
Restoration going on
Restoration going on
lovely wood work
lovely wood work
Just a mile outside La Roche-en-Ar…
Just a mile outside La Roche-en-A…
La Roche-en-Ardenne
photo by: Sweetski