Our Barge, Odysseus

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Under the Cliffs of the Meuse, August 12-14

We had been told that the Muese between Namur and the French cities of Charleville-Mezieres was some of the most beautiful river cruising in Europe. The scenery was gorgeous.

Dinant was right up there on the picturesque scale.

The citadel looms over the church.

The cliffs are very close to the waters edge and make Dinant basically a four street town, two streets paralleling the river on each side. It's also a very popular tourist destination.
We found a nice free tie up and intended to leave after just one day but the wind was really howling down the river on Wednesday so we decided to stay an extra day. We used the day to hike a way up the nearby Lesse River which is a popular kayaking destination. On the walk back to town we got a good look down the river toward Dinant.

Thursday morning we were off at the crack of 9:30 at what Cathy Jo describes as "faster than a speeding ox cart!" Our next stop would be in France!

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