Day trip from Dinant: Ruines de Montaigle and Abbaye de Maredsous

The barometer was holding steady at variable, meaning yet another rainy day in Belgium. On the other hand, we were now on the Route de la Bière, and that made Al a bundle of sunshine!

Barometer holding steady at variableThe sign that thrilled Al: ‘Route de la Biere’.
Route de la BiereThat sign first led us to the Chateau-Ferme, a castle farm that featured beer and cheese. But bad news, it didn’t open until 12 and it was barely 11.
Ferme-Fromagere Sign The next little town featured a outdoor photo exhibit entitled ‘Grandparent’s Village’, with photos of grandparents interacting with their grandchildren posted on many of the buildings.
12apBelDinantPhotoGrandparentVillage7169 Below were our choices (through a rain-smeared window): the Ruines de Montaigle, the Abbaye de Maredsous, and although we missed the escargot farm (‘Escargotière’), we found escapees from the farm all over the nearby ruins! (We also missed the mini-golf!)
thru a rainy window: signs along Belgium's 'Route de la Biere' Some fat escargot escapees from the Escargotière.escargot escapee The Ruines de Montaigle was a three star attraction. The ruins themselves have been long a favourite with artists, and many of their art works, as well as other objects related to the ruins, were displayed in the small museum. The museum also had a movie about the ruins which, despite the fact that it was in incomprehensible French, was riveting.

at the Ruines de Montaigle

sign to the Ruines de Montaigle

at the Ruines de Montaigle at the Ruines de Montaigle a seal in the museum at Ruines de Montaigle, Belgium Abbaye de Maredsous was not so enticing. The tour only allowed us to go into the boring church but not the more intriguing Abbey. A side door with a brass rose handle opened into the forbidden Abbey so we snuck in, only to get caught and kicked out. (I managed to get a shot of this drawing of the Abbaye before we got kicked out though!)

Drawing of the Abbaye at Maredsous

Drawing of the Abbaye at Maredsous

The fromagerie was also off limits to the public due to ‘hygiene’. The famous  Maredsous beer was now brewed in France. So there was basically nothing to see but some exterior grounds and an over-priced fast food cafeteria crammed with bus loads of tourists (the electronic sign outside declared ‘now serving no. 843’).
the cafeteria at Maredsous Abbaye, BelgiumInstead we opted for a cafe in a small stone building along the route. I had ‘tartines de pâté’ – pâté sandwiches with pickles – while Al had celery soup which was very good, in fact much better than it sounds. We both liked the Maredsous 6 beer which we noted was ‘nice, more distinctive than most, with a lingering bitter aftertaste’.
Maredsous beer on a Maredsous coaster, near Maredsous the Abbaye, Belgium Little did we know it but the next stop turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip…..

For more about our 2013 Belgium trip.

Here’s some more sights a short drive away from Dinant…

Dinant: Nearby Chateaux & Ruins

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