Monday, August 17, 2015

Belgium Series: Dinant

For this week's Belgium Series, I will be featuring Dinant, Belgium. Its a small town on a river and is famous for being the birthplace of the saxophone. It has many different shops and a citadel that sits on top of the hill above the cathedral as seen in the picture above. Here are a couple of places I recommend visiting in this town:

Maison Du Tourisme
This is basically a visitor center. They will give you a map of where to go and what to see. I highly recommend stopping here first. Its located on the directly opposite the citadel on the other side of the river.

Citadel of Dinant (La Citadelle de Dinant)
This place is actually pretty cool. We were really lucky and got a beautiful day for photos. You can learn about how this citadel has withstood the test of time even World War II. They are even holding the DisneyLand Paris sand castles in the basement. Here is what the view looks like from that far up:

You can either take a lift found behind the cathedral or do what my friend did, and climb all of the stairs all of the way up. Its a really long climb, heads up.

Church of Our Lady (Collegiale Notre-Dame)
A gorgeous church that sits below the Citadel. Its quite a magnificent building to look at.

Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge
On this bridge, you will find saxophones representing the various countries from all over the European Union. You can see me standing next to Ireland's saxophone.

Adolphe Sax Statue
And of course you have to visit the founder of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. He has a small museum with various different quotes about music and the development of the saxophone.

Well, thats Dinant in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great day everyone!

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