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Het is zover samen met Elma de laatste dag samen naar Couvin gefietst. Daar werden we opgehaald door mijn lieve tante. Lekker drie nachtjes daar in noord Frankrijk gebleven. Eindelijk ook gezien hoe mijn tante woont. Heerlijk om daar even te zijn. Heb daar in een hele mooie zelf gemaakte tent mogen slapen. :) merci Betsie & ...
... interior was minimalistic, although the exterior was more appealing. Some of the monastic buildings were very modern in style resembling a 1970's school. The older buildings were from the 1800s.
It felt a bit odd to be whipping the camera out and so there aren't many photos. And none of the monks. Not even the one that looked a bit like a benevolent father christmas.
... it was way too early for the glitz and glamour of the whurlitzer and the spinning teacups. We couldn't see much of the fortifications either.
The church was large and formidable with big grey stone blocks; inside there were painted walls and some of the columns still had blue and gold painted stripes too.
... listed as having water in Catillon-sur-Sambre. It's no longer free but the 5 euro charge wasn't collected. It does have, however, water! And electricity and grey/black waste disposal points. Hurrah!
We celebrated with washing up and a wash. For the latter, Laura splashed out with 4 litres of water to get her head in the sink for a good scrub! It's usually half a litre each and a flannel.
The service point filled up quickly and by 6pm there was no room at the inn.
They had a Battalion Christmas Dinner in the Nalinnes townhall and by all accounts it "surpassed any previous event of its sort in the history of the Battalion officers' mess -- winning by a head perhaps from the famous Le Transloy dinner of July, 1917."
Bernard very kindly obtained the key to the town hall and was allowed to show us around and into the rooms where the banquet was held - and by the looks of things ...