August 2021 Bike Holiday – Day 3

By Ruben
This entry is part 4 of 3 in the series August 2021 Bike Holiday
1. Logies de Klaproos, Stevensweert
2. Logies de Klaproos, Stevensweert
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, it was time to set off once more
3. Eiland, Stevensweert
Logies de Klaproos is situated in an old farmhouse
4. Eiland, Stevensweert
A little chapel next door
5. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
Stevensweert is a surrounded by a ring of fortifications built by the Spanish in the 15th century
6. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
7. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
8. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
9. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
10. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
The village is situated on an island between two branches of the Meuse: de Oude Maas (Old Meuse), which you saw on the last photo in the last post, and de Grensmaas (Border Meuse), which you see here with Belgium on the other side
11. Jan van Steffeswertplein, Stevensweert
12. Jan van Steffeswertplein, Stevensweert
13. Jan van Steffeswertplein, Stevensweert
14. Jan van Steffeswertplein, Stevensweert
15. Maaspoort, Stevensweert
16. Maasdijk, Stevensweert
This cannons were obviously not put there by the Spanish, which means they’re probably used to keep the Belgians at a distance
17. Sint Annadijk
18. Sint Annadijk
19. Sint Annastraat, Laak
20. Daalderweg, Ohé
Het Geudje Castle, which was built the 16th century in the style typical of the region around Liège, Maastricht and Aachen (‘Style Mosan’)
21. Daalderweg, Ohé
22. Daalderweg, Ohé
23. Ohé
24. Prior Gielenstraat
De Oude Maas
25. Prior Gielenstraat
De Oude Maas
26. Maasheuvel, Roosteren
I would say that this is the ordinary version of Style Mosan architecture
27. Maaseikerweg
One last (abandoned) roadside brothel before we cross into Belgium (where there are more of them, even though I didn’t see any on this trip)
28. Maaseikerweg
Oh sorry I forgot, Belgium doesn’t exist (at least, there’s nothing that tells you it does here). So welcome to Flanders. In case you didn’t know, Flanders is the area between the Netherlands and Wallonia where they speak a kind of Dutch called Flemish. This is also the border between two provinces of the same name (Limburg), where they speak similar dialects (Limburgs). Strangely, neither province has anything to do with the original Duchy of Limburg, which lay just south of the borders of the current provinces, in what is now the French-speaking part of Belgium (Wallonia).
29. Maaseikerweg
Number 122 of the 365 border markers that were placed since Belgium gained its independence from the Netherlands in 1830
30. Pater Sangersbrug
The Grensmaas, which is the main course of the river, but is unnavigable (ships use the Juliana Canal a few kilometers to the east instead)
31. Pater Sangersbrug
Looking south, the direction I was heading in (I didn’t visit Maaseik, but I have shown you this little town before)

32. Heppeneert
33. Near Langstraat, Elen
I passed this same quarry in 2006, when it didn’t look quite the same
34. Kempenstraat, Rotem
I was pleased to find out that there is a country called Belgium after all. This flag is a memorial to bunker A 23, which doesn’t seem to have been very effective at stopping the German invasion in May 1940. I’m not obsessed by WWII or something, it’s just that you’re reminded of it really often when travelling through Europe (or reading about the places you visit). It makes me grateful to live in a time when I can freely cross these borders as often as I like
35. Molenveld, Meeswijk
The ferry from Meeswijk to Berg aan de Maas (NL), was being repaired following the floods that affected this wider region in July. I was surprised (but happy) that I hadn’t seen any signs of them yet
36. Mazenhoven
37. Zuid-Willemsvaart
38. Zuid-Willemsvaart
39. Zuid-Willemsvaart
40. Zuid-Willemsvaart
41. Hochter Sluis, Neerharen
42. Maaseikersteenweg, Lanaken
43. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
Crossing back into the Netherlands for the last time
44. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
45. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
46. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
A lock linking Zuid-Willemsvaart to the Meuse
47. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
The southern end of Zuid-Willemsvaart
48. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
Maastricht is a very tidy city, even by Dutch standards, but it still has some nice forgotten corners
49. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
50. Bosscherweg, Maastricht
51. Jaagpad Oost, Maastricht
Lock 19, after which I’d say Zuid-Willemsvaart is unnavigable nowadays
52. Jaagpad West, Maastricht
53. Jaagpad West, Maastricht
54. Jaagpad West, Maastricht
55. Boschstraat, Maastricht
Maastricht (population: 120,000) , the capital of Dutch Limburg and the oldest city in the Netherlands together with Nijmegen, is a very beautiful city despite what I said about it before on SSC (which you probably don’t remember)
56. Markt, Maastricht
I still don’t like the new buildings by the river though, one of which you can see here, behind the city hall. Apart from that, Maastricht’s Markt (where there was actually a market at the time) has to be one of the most impressive squares in the Netherlands
57. Grote Gracht, Maastricht
58. Vrijthof, Maastricht
In Vrijthof, Maastricht has another of the country’s finest squares
59. Vrijthof, Maastricht
Maastricht draws a lot of visitors from both Belgium and Germany and the rest of the Netherlands, and is pretty busy at times
60. Begijnenstraat, Maastricht
The Jeker river
61. Maasboulevard, Maastricht
Leaving Maastricht at the foot of Sint-Pietersberg (Mount Saint-Pieter), which is really a mountain by Dutch standards
62. Maasboulevard, Maastricht
I was back in Belgium, now in the French-speaking part, as soon as I left the city
63. Rue Collinet, Petit Lanaye
Cycling a road I had been down many times before
64. Rue Collinet, Petit Lanaye
65. Rue Collinet, Petit Lanaye
66. Rue Collinet, Petit Lanaye
67. Écluse de Lanaye
The lock connecting the Canal of Maastricht to the Albert Canal
68. Écluse de Lanaye
Looking back towards Maastricht
69. Quai de Caster, Lanaye
Looking east towards the southernmost part of the Netherlands
70. Quai de Caster, Lanaye
Ecluse de Lanaye and Mount Saint Peter, which is cut in half by the Albert Canal
71. Quai de Halage, Lanaye
Heading south
72. Rue Naesens de Loncin, Visé
73. Quai de Halage, Haccourt
Village fête
74. Ravel 1, Oupeye
The Cockerill (now ArcelorMittal) steel mill in Chertal
75. Ravel 1, Oupeye
Liège’s urban area starts at Pont de Wandre in Herstal
76. Quai de Wallonie, Liège
77. Quai de Wallonie, Liège
Ile-Monsin and its lighthouse
78. Quai de Wallonie, Liège
Things are starting to change in Liège, but at the moment that mostly means that a lot of stuff is being demolished
79. Quai de Wallonie, Liège
A residential neighbourhood will soon arise here, at the terminus of Liège’s new tram line
80. Quai de Wallonie, Liège
The neighbourhood of Droixhe
81. Quai Godefroid Kurth, Liège
Arriving in the city of Liège, where I spent 8 years of my life, for the first time since November 2018
82. Quai Godefroid Kurth, Liège
83. Quai Sainte-Barbe, Liege
84. Quai des Tanneurs, Liège
The Cité Administrative (municipal administration) is being renovated (and not demolished, as I’m sure a lot of Liègeois would prefer)
85. Quai des Tanneurs, Liège
86. Quai Edouard Van Beneden, Liège
The Meuse a few hundred metres from where I used to live
87. Quai de Rome, Liège
It didn’t take long for me to be reminded of the things that annoyed me when I lived in Liège
88. Quai de Rome, Liège
Why is the little space left for people who aren’t in cars always like an obstacle course?
89. Rue de Namur, Liège
Why are there always road works? And why do they always block the pavement?
90. Rue des Clarisses, Liège, 2017-10-06
This annoyance might have had something to do with memories of my last months in Liège, when I was out of work and when my landlord did this to the house I lived in in
91. Boulevard Gustave Kleyer, Liège
But it didn’t take long (after I’d found out that the route I used to take up this hill was blocked) that I was reminded of one of the many reasons that Liège is a unique city
92. Boulevard Gustave Kleyer, Liège
93. Rue de la Haye, Liège
The typical Liège back garden of the airbnb I stayed in, which was in the house of some friendly locals
94. Rue Saint-Laurent, Liège
I didn’t spend long there though, for it was time to revisit the city
95. Rue Saint-Laurent, Liège
96. Publémont, Liège
97. Rue du Mont Saint-Martin, Liège
Saint-Martin’s basilica
98. Degrés des Tisserands, Liège
A friend of mine used to live in the house on the corner
99. Degrés des Tisserands, Liège
Liège is very old and authentic
100. Rue du Mont Saint-Martin, Liège
101. Rue du Mont Saint-Martin, Liège
102. Rue du Mont Saint-Martin, Liège
103. Rue Sainte-Croix, Liège
The neighbourhood of Pierreuse
104. Rue de Bruxelles, Liège
The former palace of the prince-bishop, who ruled quite a large area for 800 years until the French revolution
105. Rue Pierreuse, Liège
106. Rue Hors-Château, Liège
The architecture in the old parts of Liège is similar to that in Maastricht
107. Place Saint-Barthélemy, Liège
The last photo I took before it got dark, after which I went to have a pizza and enjoyed the evening atmosphere of Liège, which on is pretty active on Fridays

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