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Tchantchès and Nânesse
We spent the day today in Liege, once the capital of the highly religious prince-bishopric (985 CE to 1794 CE), then a booming industrial town, and now a heavily socialist French city, struggling to come to grips with the post-industrial age. Our tour guide was blunt: "You are lucky to be coming here today, not five years ago. Liege has beautiful buildings but it was a dump. It has high unemployment and in 2001 had Europe's highest crime rate. It just looked like crap. But over the past five years the government has started to clean up and restore the city centre, so you can see the beautiful buildings again."

Actually, I quite liked Liege. It certainly has its ugly parts, large decaying steel works and lumbering industrial complexes, and even the old buildings tended to be covered in a layer of soot and grime. But the city had character, the Palais des Princes Eveques (the Prince-Bishops Palace) was nicely set out in the centre of the town, interesting museums and buildings were abundent, and the 373 steps up the Montagne de Bueren tempted us to view the city out over the cathedral. Liege also has a uniqueness about its culture, such as its love of the rebellious puppets Tchantchès and Nânesse. Lydia was an especial fan of the cute puppies of Liege.
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Tchantchès and Nânesse
Tchantchès and Nânesse
Opera House
Opera House
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
Palais des Princes Eveques
George Simenon (1903-1989)
George Simenon (1903-1989)
Fountain of Liege
Fountain of Liege
Montagne de Bueren
Montagne de Bueren
Liege
photo by: ela82