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Bouillon, A Trip in the Past

One of my favorite memories from my school years is my field trip in Bouillon in Year Two (1st grade). If my memory is correct we stayed at the youth hostel and visited the animal park and the medieval castle. To this days I still remember details like the three drawbridges, two 80K cannon balls and 3,5 meter thick walls. What I didn’t remember however is that the medieval fortifications were redesigned by Vauban (a renown military architect) for heavy artillery in the 17th century and that a Dutch garrison made the castle its headquarters after Napoleon’s defeat in Waterloo in 1815. I also vividly remembered a dungeon while in fact it was destroyed by the Dutchs and a plaque commemorates it on an empty spot nowadays. Anyway we spent a great day going back in the past, even on a rainy day. Free entrance for children under 4 // 5€ for children and students (yes, even Yann) // 7€ for adults (guess I’m te adult here – haha!).

And now, make way for Kind Godfrey, Queen Gaufrette, baby Prince God and their humble servants.

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King Godfrey, Queen Gaufrette (Waffle), baby Prince God and their nanny welcome you!

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The Vauban staircase

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The oldest room of the castle (12th century)

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The old arsenal and the 13th century ‘Salle Godefroy de Bouillon’

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Godfrey’s Seat, an old observation post dug in the rock

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Under the ‘Tour d’Autriche’, the stairs lead to the torture chamber and the jail

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The main courtyard, the old arsenal, the old powder magazine

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The ‘Tour d’Autriche’ (left) and the ‘Tour de l’horloge’ (right, half hidden). In the rocks, Godfrey’s Seat.

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Falconry, way better than the Rapotirs exhibition Pairi Daiza

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A barn owl named after a French comedian – did we mention the falconer was a funny lad?

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On top of the ‘Tour d’Autriche’

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View on the town of Bouillon

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And we stayed… at the youth hostel!

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