Lunch at Chimay, Belgium

The day after that much-needed R&R, since we knew the weather was going to be bad again, we decided to drive into Belgium just for the day, hoping that the skies over there were blue and not grey!

We drove to Chimay, a lovely town in Belgium not far from the French border.  As you can see, the weather was no different in France!  It was lunch time by the time we arrived and the plan was to look for a restaurant where we can have some mussels, frits and Belgian beer.  I love the Belgian Belgos restaurant in London, you see.  I wanted to have a taste of it in its home country.  But was in for a disappointment.  It was a sunday and the few restaurants that were open, didn’t serve them.

But all wasn’t lost.  Had a taste of Chimay beer and it was delish!

We went around the little town in the rain and took shelter inside this very old church.

And when the weather improved, headed out doors once again.

There really wasn’t much to see, because it was a Sunday and most shops, restaurants and tourist places were shut.  But in spite of that, still enjoyed our little drive into Belgium.

On our way back into France, I just had to take a photo of the old, boarded-up border control between Belgium and France.  I wonder, when was the last time this was used?

Linking this post-up with PODcast’s #WhatsTheStory.

Have a lovely week ahead folks!


  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    It all looks strangely familiar, I have a feeling I cycled through there as a teen. Looks beautiful even in the rain

    • Wow, you cycled in Belgium? A friend’s daughter and her boyfriend cycled through Amsterdam and Belgium too. Wish I could do that! 🙂

  2. thereadingresidence

    Even in the rain, it looks tempting. I visited Belgium with a friend on our teens, and it was a beautiful country. I’ll get back there one day!

    • Loved Belgium, from the little I’ve seen of it. Will definitely be back too 🙂

  3. redpeffer

    I’m glad you got your beer but it’s a Shane you missed out on frites and mussels-I like Belgo’s too, although I’ve not been in years.

    Have just read your comment on my blog-can’t believe you live in Boscastle! How amazing and what a fab spot, but I can imagine it can get a bit crowded in summer 🙂

    • Our little village can get a little bit crowded in the summer and other school breaks… but really quiet during off-peak season, especially winter! 😉

      • redpeffer

        Yes, I can imagine the Winter time is more bearable for you tourism wise! I’m very envious of you living in such an amazingly beautiful part of the world 🙂

        • Yes, it is beautiful and admittedly, we do take it for granted sometimes… I do love it here, especially since it’s the perfect safe-place to bring up a little one. I do miss the chaos of the city though – that’s why we try to do as much city-breaks as we can 🙂

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    That beer looks like you need a knife and fork to drink it! Glad you had fun even with the poor weather!

    • Your comment made me laugh Kate! 😉 Yes, looks like the bad weather followed us all the way to Belgium and back again to France.

  5. Oh goodness you really did find the rain didn’t you! Your little glimpse of Belgium does look beautiful though, perhaps it’s just an excuse to go back another time (and not on a Sunday!)

    • More like the rain followed us! 😉 Definitely will go back (and not on a sunday 😉 Would love to go to Bruges too!

  6. hurrahforgin

    Sorry you were plagues with bad weather Dean, still looks beautiful though. I’ve been to Belgium one and loved it, especially the beer 🙂
    p.s have been a bit on the down low lately so sorry i haven’t stopped by much, just trying to maintain a better blog/life balance x

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  8. Who Let the Mum Out? (@wholetthemumout)

    I bet the Chimay tasted good! I haven’t been to Belgium yet.

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