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PROVINCE OF HAINAUT

     From “Caillou-qui-bique”

    to the “Château Montois”

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    On the move all summer!

In BRUSSELS, from 25 June to 3 September, the “Tourism and Gastronomy" exhibition will offer you a chance

    to discover the many assets and treasures of Wallonia. Every two weeks, one Province will be given pride of

    place. However, we know there’s nothing like getting out and about if you’re looking for an in-depth

    experience, so why not try one of our “Gastronomic Treasure Trails"?

    All the treasure trails are free and available from 25 June to 16 September 2012, (except for the Charleroi Pays de Geminiacum Treasure Trail). Simply turn up on one of the dates mentioned below and enjoy a

    delicious free welcome treat to send you on your way!

Province of Walloon Brabant

    NIVELLES Along the streets On foot Free breakfasts on Sundays 1

    and 8 July Rural excursion By bicycle

    Rural excursion in the “Roman Païs” By car

    Province of Liège

    LIEGE The historic centre of Liège On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

     14 and 21 July An encounter with Tchantchès and On foot

     Simenon

    EUPEN The Eastern Cantons: nature, lakes and By car Free breakfasts on Sundays

    regional specialities 15 and 22 July

    Province of Namur

    NAMUR Namur for the inquisitive and for On foot Free breakfasts on

    gourmets Wednesdays 1 and 8 August

    Castles, vineyards and farms around By car

    Namur

    Province of Hainaut

    CHARLEROI The Charleroi region, as you have never On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

     seen it before! 11 and 18 August

     Regional products and heritage in the By bicycle

     “Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse” or car

     Pays de Geminiacum treasure trail By car or Treasure trail available only

     bicycle on Wednesdays 15 and 22

     August

    MONS Heritage, Tourism and Gastronomy at On foot Free breakfasts on Saturday the heart of Mons 11 August Free afternoon snacks on Saturday 18 August From the “Château Montois” to By car Free breakfasts on Saturday “Caillou-qui-bique” 11 August From “Caillou-qui-bique” to the By car Free afternoon snacks on “Château Montois” Saturday 18 August

    TOURNAI The historic heart of Tournai On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

    11 and 18 August Landscapes of the Escaut plain By car

    Province of Belgian Luxembourg Free breakfasts on Saturday ARLON A small breath of Arlon air On foot 25 August and Sunday 2

    September A large breath of Arlon air On foot

    INFORMATION: www.wallonie.be Freephone: 0800 11901 (in French)

    or 0800 11902 (in German)

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SNCB BELGIAN RAILWAYS, TRAVEL SMART! Travel to the starting points of our treasure trails with a “Weekend” ticket, which offers you a 50%

    discount on the price of a return journey by train. If you are doing one of the treasure trails on a weekday in July and August, opt for the “Summer”

    ticket which also offers you discount on the price of a return journey by train.

    For more information, visit www.be-rail.be

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    THE SUMMER GASTRONOMY TREASURE TRAILS

    Discovering Wallonia, from Tournai to Eupen,

    from Nivelles to Arlon...

Does the summer sunshine make you want to get out and about?

    Starting at the Espaces Wallonie, roads, streets, paths and tracks will lead you over hills and down valleys to discover the treasures of Wallonia. Heritage, gastronomy, landscapes and outstanding historic sites - there is something for everyone.

    To ensure all participants, especially the gourmets, get off to the best of starts with a full stomach, free breakfasts or afternoon snacks will be available on certain days.

    And, before starting your trails, why not find out more about the wealth of services offered by the Espaces

    Wallonie: from information about housing to debt conselling, from Equal Opportunities to the regional, federal and community mediation services, plus a range of regional publications and exhibitions. In short, a modern administration, close to your needs and ready to answer all your questions. But, enough said, now it’s time to get on your bicycle, pull on your walking boots, or climb inro your car and take to the road...

    COMPETITIONS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER...

    for those who enjoy a challenge...

    The guide to each treasure trail includes a set of questions. Write your answers in the spaces provided, drop it off at the Espace Wallonie reception or letterbox when you have finished and you could win a prize!

Prizes

Every month:

    A gourmet basket worth ?60 will be awarded to the first correctly completed answer form pulled out of the hat at the end of July, end of August and end of Septembe in each participating Espace Wallonie.

    (Except for the Pays de Geminiacum treasure trail, where the prize draws will be held on 15 and 22 August only for a gourmet basket

    worth ?50).

On the days when free breakfasts or afternoon snacks are offered (see table)

    A voucher worth ?150 for accommodation in Wallonia.

    The prize draws will take place on the first working day following these days.

    Two free return tickets for second-class travel on Belgian railways offered by SNCB Belgian Railways. The prize draws will take place on the first working day following these days.

    Prize winners will be informed by email, telephone or post.

    Will you be the “Gourmet treasure trail (wo)man” of the summer?

     There will be another prize draw for a special prize for participants who submit

    completed questionnaires for at least one treasure trail per province between 25 June and 16 September. To enter this draw, please ask for your entries to be validated at each Espace Wallonie.

    The prize is a voucher worth ?500 for accommodation in Wallonia and the draw will be held at the end of September.

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    PROVINCE OF HAINAUT

    From the Caillou-qui-bique to the Château Montois

Bonus!

    On Saturday 18 August: free afternoon snack from 4pm to 6pm

    at the ESPACE WALLONIE DE MONS, 18-19, Rue de la Seuwe, (near the Grand’ Place), 7000 MONS

    Departure from 9am to 11am, before “Office du Tourisme du Haut Pays”

    7, Place Masson 7387 MONTIGNIES-SUR-ROC

This treasure trail is free of charge and is open to all from 25 June to 16 September

Treasure trail by car

    Time: 4 hours

    Length: 50 km

    Accessible by accompanied reduced-mobility participants

INFORMATION and CONTACTS

    ; From Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm

    ESPACE WALLONIE DE MONS, 18-19, Rue de la Seuwe, 7000 MONS Tel: +32

    (0)65 220 680 E-mail: ew.mons@spw.wallonie.be

; At weekends:

    ; MAISON DU TOURISME, 22, Grand’Place, 7000 MONS – Tel : +32

    (0)65 335 580 E-mail: info.tourisme@ville.mons.be

    www.monsregion.be

    ; ROYAL SYNDICAT D’INITIATIVE DU HAUT-PAYS 7, Place Masson,

    7387 MONTIGNIES-SUR-ROC Tel : +32 (0)65 631 737 E-mail :

    michel_ledent@hotmail.com

MISCELLANEOUS:

    If you would like to follow the treasure trail in a group of more than 10 people, please

    inform us in advance by e-mail or telephone.

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From the “Caillou-qui-bique” to the “Château Montois”

    Note:

    This treasure trail will take you along some narrow country lanes where children

    play and which farmers use to move equipment and animals:

    please take care and spare a thought for them!

    Start on the Place Fulgence Masson in Montignies-sur-Roc, outside the Haut-Pays Tourist Information Centre, next door to the Taverne du Château

Walk to the Commonwealth military cemetery.

QUESTION 1

    A) What is special about the Commonwealth military cemetery in Montignies-

    sur-Roc?

    B) What are the inhabitants of Montignies-sur-Roc called?

A local craftsman has brought traditional toys and games back to life. His workshop is called Les

    Jeux Oubliés and is located at 23, Rue de l’Eglise in Montignies-sur-Roc.

QUESTION 2

    A) What material is used to make these toys and games?

    B) What is special about how they are assembled?

    Now leave Montignies-sur-Roc by driving to La Roquette and then turning onto the Chaussée Brunehault, then turn right and head towards Audregnies

; You will arrive at La Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs (37, Chaussée Brunehault, Montagnies-

    sur-Roc) an artisanal microbrewery which makes beer using water extracted from a borehole under the brewery, with added malt, hops and spices. No sugar nor artificial ingredients are added.

QUESTION 3

    A) In which year was the brewery officially recognised as a microbrewery? B) Was it the first, second or eighteenth microbrewery to be recognised? C) The microbrewery’s wheat beer is named after a local river. What is the name

    of this beer?

; Nearby, at 49, Chaussée Brunehault is the Pype-Lievens Farm Shop where you can buy

    butter, yoghurt, cheese, ice-cream and other farm produce.

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    After this gourmet stop, drive to the Grand-Place in Audregnies and follow the signs to Roisin.

; The Dufrasnes Bakery is at 63, Place d’Audregnies in Audregnies and offers a range of stone-

    baked, traditional wholegrain breads, tarts and pastries.

    It is open every day from 9am to 6pm except Sunday and Wednesday afternoon.

    ; The Le Calvaire Bakery at 4, Rue du Calvaire in Audregnies also sells cakes, pastries and speciality breads.

On your way to Roisin, you will pass through the village of Angre.

    ; The Boucherie Christian is situated at 43, Rue Emile Cornez, in Angre and offers a range of home-made cooked meats made to simple and natural recipes.

    It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm.

QUESTION 4

    I was born in Angre on 1 April 1871 and excelled in the art of engraving. I became famous well beyond the borders of the Haut-Pays, and today my statue stands on the banks of the Grande Honnelle river.

    A) Who am I?

    B) When was the bridge over the Grande Honnelle river built?

    On your way to Roisin, it is worth making a short detour to Angreau for another gourmet stop (look out for the sign on the right).

; The Druart Chocolate Shop M. Druart is a master chocolatier and makes a range of top-

    quality pralines (filled chocolates) that have acquired legendary status over many years. The shop is open from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 5pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm.

    After this enjoyable interlude, continue to Roisin. For many, it is famous for its tobacco, but, others come here to sample its famous fruit wines.

; Les Vins de Roisin

    The Boucart family produces these fruit wines (made with rhubarb, quinces, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and also sparkling wine);

    They have a shop and sampling area which is only open by prior appointment by telephone to +32 (0)65 664 858 or 859

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; Au Maraîcher, 14, Rue du Berceau, Roisin

    Seasonal farm produce (fruit, potatoes and other vegetables), fresh from the market garden. Make sure you stock up before returning home!

    Open every day except Monday, Wednesday and Sunday afternoon.

; Fayt Farm, 42 Rue Bourdon, Roisin

    Farm shop selling dairy products, artisanal ice-cream and ice-cream cakes and fresh chickens.

; La Chocolaterie du Bicentaire, 8, Rue de la Petite Houlette, Roisin

    Sells a range of artisanal filled chocolates and chocolate figures and mountains. Open every day from 9am to 6pm except Sunday and Monday. Closed 18 June to 2 July.

    Follow the signs to Les Etangs du Château where there are 4 hectares of parkland and lakes where you can relax...

; The Brasserie-Restaurant Les Etangs du Château is a small restaurant serving delicious local

    specialities, including salmon trout from the lakes and pâté with Orval beer. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm, also on Monday and Tuesday in July and August and on public holidays.

    After your drink or meal, have a relaxing stroll around the lakes and then go back to your car, do a u-turn and return to the first crossroads towards the Emile Verhaeren Museum.

    Most meteorologists agree that Roisin is the dryest village in Belgium, thanks to the influence of the Mormal Forest.

QUESTION 5

    Is the Mormal Forest

    A) in Belgium

    B) in France

    C) in the enclave of Flamengrie?

The Emile Verhaeren Museum is dedicated to the famous Belgian poet who was born in the

    Province of Antwerp on 21 May 1855 and died in Rouen (France) on 27 November 1916. He wrote his poems in Flemish in free verse, influenced by symbolism and his social conscience, which led him to describe cities with musical lyricism. He spent the last years of his life in Roisin, near Caillou-qui-bique and is buried in a black marble tomb in St Amand’s church on the banks of the River Scheldt.

QUESTION 6

    What is the tourist trail “In the footsteps of Emile Verhaeren” called?

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    Do a u-turn and return to the crossroads, then turn left, then left again and the junction with the main road (do not head towards Mons!). Turn sharp left after the bridge over the Grande Honnelle river.

; You have arrived at the Chalet du Garde, 18, Chemin du Caillou-qui-bique, Angre.

    In the heart of the Caillou-qui-bique Forest, the Chalet du Garde welcomes you to try its range of artisanal quiches, toasted sandwiches and other delights.

    Open 7 days a week in the summer. (Tel +32 (0)65 759 178.

    Enjoy a short rest and set out on foot along the Caillou-qui-bique trail (3.2km round trip). The Caillou-qui-bique (“kissing stone”)is known by geologists as a poudingue (boulder made of hard

    sedimentary rock). It is about 25m high and 370 million years old. Viewed from one angle, its profile resembles that of a human face, and is has become an emblem of the Haut-Pays region. The trail winds its way through the delightful wooded banks of the Grande Honnelle river.

    ; If your walk has made you hungry and thirsty, why not stop to try some artisanal beers and local specialities at La Tabatière de Roisin, 2, Rue de la Vallée, Roisin

    Open every day from 11.30am onwards (Tel +32 (0)68 659 746).

Then drive on towards Fayt-le-Franc.

YOU CAN NOW ...

    1. ENJOY A SHORT DIVERSION TO MEAURAIN

    In Meaurain, Philippe Lambert is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and great-

    grandfather, and is perpetuating the tradition of artisanal bee-keeping.

    ; At the Rucher du Haut-Pays (9, Rue Chapelle des Français, Honnelles, mobile phone

    +32 (0)479 386 404) you can taste and buy acacia honey made in Dour and the Hanneton

    valley (including the Terril Frédéric Nature Reserve).

    2. OR CONTINUE DIRECT TO FAYT-LE-FRANC:

; Drive past the Auberge du Passe-Tout-Outre towards Athis. At the crossroads in Athis by the

    bakery and pharmacy, continue towards Les Croix de Muets in Erquennes, then turn right and pass through Erquennes along the Rue Longue as far as the outskirts of Blaugies.

Make your way to Melliflor on the Rue Ruinsette in Erquennes.

    ; Melliflor is a non-profit association which produces high quality honey.

    Shop open on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.

The inhabitants of Blaugies are called Blidégariens and the municipality includes the highest point in

    the Hauts-Pays Nature Park, at 146m above sea level.

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; At the end of the Rue Ruinsette, turn left towards the La Moneuse brewery in Coron de

    Blaugies. This small, family-run brewery makes unfiltered beer that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle.

    Brewery tours available on 11 August and 18 August 2012.

    For tours on other days (Wednesday to Sunday) please book in advance by phoning +32 (0)65 650 360. The brewery will be closed from 20 August to 4 September 2012.

Near the brewery, the Le Fourquet restaurant offers dishes with fresh, seasonal regional produce.

QUESTION 7

    A) What are the four types of beer brewed at the La Moneuse brewery? B) Where does this beer’s name come from?

    C) Who was this person?

    D) What is a “fourquet”?

    ; After leaving the brewery, take the first turning on the right (Rue des Vainqueurs) signposted to L’Auberge des Aulnes, which serves traditional cuisine in a warm and pleasant setting.

    Restaurant closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 12 August to 11 September 2012.

Continue along the Rue de la Frontière

; At N? 165B is Le Campagnard et ses Spécialités which

    ; sells waffles from September to April

    ; Le Pain Trois Couleurs which sells bread on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Closed on Tuesdays all day and Thursday afternoon.

    Drive to the Grand-Place in Blaugies and take the road to Dour, then the first road on your left (Rue d’Offignies) and continue straight ahead towards the water tower until you reach the Belvedere,

    which was originally part of a colliery, then a brewery, then a hostel. Now it and its surroundings are being redeveloped.

    In the meantime, it is used as a temporary venue for concerts, balls and dinners during the Dour festival, and also for beer festivals. The nearby Malakoff Tower has also been restored after many

    years as part of a boarding school.

Question 8

    On which occasion will this building, with its wealth of souvenirs about its mining, brewing and festive past, be honoured?

    Drive to the Grand-Place in Dour. Go past the church and then take the first street on the right (Rue Pairois) and at the end of the street turn right onto the Rue Henri Pochez, which becomes the Rue Moranfayt and then the Rue du Ropaix in Petit-Dour (heading towards Frameries)

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; Take the third street on the left to Gossuin Farm (39, Rue du Cimetière, Petit-Dour) where

    butter, fromage frais, maquée and other dairy products are made.

    On Saturday 18 August, there will be free samples of the farm’s products available on production of this brochure between 9am and 12 noon.

    At other times, the farm shop is open on Tuesdays from 9am to 12 noon, Fridays from 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon. It can also be opened for groups at other times by prior appointment to mobile phone +32 (0)477 587 426.

    After your visit to the farm shop (or after passing it without stopping) continue along the Route Verte (Chaussée Brunehault) and pass through the village of Sars-la-Bruyère

Sars-la-Bruyère: Castle and Pottery

    The eleventh-century square keep of the castle is unique in Wallonia and was listed on 27 September 1972. Now renovated, it serves as the gateway to the Haut-Pays Nature Park.

    Surrounded by a moat and built of rubble stone, the castle was rebuilt by the Sars family in the twelfth century and was extended by the Harchies family in the sixteenth century, when the brick upper section and the vaulted room on the floor accessed by a staircase built into the walls were added.

    On 11 September 1709, the British general, the Duke of Marlborough set up an observation post on top of the keep from where he directed the Battle of Malplaquet. His illustrious descendent, Sir Winston Churchill, visited the castle two centuries later.

    During the First World War, Father Puissant, a Canon of Mons, retreated here with a group of young potters and set up a pottery in the castle. Today you can visit the pottery and its museum.

; Continue along the road for approx 2km and you will pass Les Gourmands Restaurant in

    Blaregnies, which serves delicious gourmet cuisine based on fresh seasonal produce. Open from Wednesday to Sunday lunchtime, closed on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday evening.

    At the crossroads where Frameries is signposted to the left, continue straight ahead for approx 500m, and visit ; Seutin Farm which sells dairy products, artisanal ice-creams and chickens, then return to the crossroads and turn right towards Frameries.

    If you decide not to visit the farm, turn left at the crossroads towards Frameries and follow the road to the level crossing in Genly. then take the first road on the left (Rue du Bois Bourdon) and follow it to the Rue Ferrer, then turn left, go under the bridge and then turn right towards Frameries railway station and follow the signs to Le PASS

You are now in Frameries, the town of Bosquétia, the local nickname of Joseph Dufrane (1833-1906)

    a writer from Frameries who translated many plays into the local dialect and wrote the song Enn c’est nie co Frameries (And we’re not in Frameries yet) which has become a local anthem.

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