The Citadel of Dinant

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Dinant from the Citadel
We decided to take Lina out for the day to the small town of Dinant. A tiny town in the French part of Belgium, Dinant is famous for its Citadel, hanging high above the town on the cliffs, and for being the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. The site has such good natural defences that Dinant has existed since 800 BCE and there has been a major fortress above the town since 1040 CE. The Citadel has been destroyed multiple times since then, by Charles the Bold in 1466, by Louis XIV in 1675 and in 1818 by the Dutch. The current Citadel was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1821. The Citadel itself is fairly plain, the highlight was actually catching the cable-car up to the top to have a view over the beautiful little town. Nicer than the Citadel is the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, built in 1227 and reaching up to nearly the base of the Citadel with its beautiful spire.
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Our plan was just to come along to Dinant, see the Citadel and the statue of a saxophone and perhaps try the local biscuit couque (the hardest biscuit in Europe, which is moulded into interesting scenes before being baked. It is so hard that the bakeries just nailed examples of their biscuits onto the wall with regular nails to display them). Instead, by chance we had arrived on "Chapitre du Tournoi", a local festival.

We were happily sitting down to pizza when a giant puppet walked over the bridge into town. "Ahuh", we thought, "a Walloon festival!" Sure enough, another giant puppet and a giant horse came into town, parades started up and people were milling around wearing elaborate costumes. Best of all was the flamiche eating competition, which is a type of rich cream cheese quiche unique to the region. A fascinating event, it proved beyond a doubt why there will never be a European champion for a food eating competition.
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Dinant from the Citadel
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Chapitre du Tournoi is held on the first Saturday of September each year. For the day, the Fraternity of the Quarteniers de la Flamiche of Dinant hold… read entire review
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