One of my favourite places and with a site for me to stay next to the marina and coach park it could scarcely be easier.
You get a warm welcome at this site but it is the setting in the grounds of a chateau that really sets it apart. The chateau is used by the University of Liège and is in immaculate condition – as are the grounds – so it is all very pleasant.
The site is mainly typical Belgian static caravans with awnings in manicured mini gardens – not static holiday homes – and it has all the things I need for an overnight stop. It features on page 135 of The Caravan Club 2016 Touring Europe handbook.
On my way home from the Mosel I called in briefly to Mons in Belgium and visited the impressive and sobering CWGC St Symphorien Military Cemetery. It is different to most cemeteries in that it is circular – rather than serried ranks – and has German and Commonwealth graves.
It is the military cemetery which along with others will be used for four years to mark anniversaries of the Great War and was visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for its first 100 year anniversary (first photo).
On land donated by Belgium, in a cemetery first built by the German army and now cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the fallen from both sides that fought in the First World War lie together at peace at St Symphorien Military Cemetery. Last month, this CWGC cemetery, near the French border in Belgium, hosted the key commemoration that marked the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.
The British Government’s official commemoration of the outbreak of the Great War centred around a moving ceremony at CWGC’s St.Symphorien Cemetery in Mons, Belgium on 4 August. Broadcast live globally, the occasion was reviewed by The Times (UK) as “intimate and epic”, staged in a setting of “bucolic charm”.
St. Symphorien also staged a packed open day later in the month, allowing members of the public to pay their own respects. Visitors also enjoyed seeing our craftsmen and stonemasons at work, and many guests took the opportunity to attempt stone cutting themselves. Our (CWGC) next open days will be held across the weekend of September 20-21 at Faubourg d’Amiens Cemete Cemetery, France.
Bruges must be one of the most motorhome friendly cities in the EU!!
There is a huge dedicated parking area within the main coach station down by the river and the marina and – for good measure – there is one part of it where you can stay overnight if the spirit moves you with electricity, waste disposal and fresh water. It is a pay on exit system and whilst not cheap you are paying for the sheer convenience of being in the city.
A ten minute walk through the park from the coach station takes you into the heart of Bruges which is, as we all know, breathtaking in its beauty. Some will doubtless complain that it is a bit too touristic and that is probably true but I can forgive any city anything if it is as motorhome friendly as this one is. And there is Camping Memling two kms out of town if your prefer a traditional, well run site.