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lumecon 4
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   It is a legend as old as the ages, a tale that has inspired countless expressions through storytelling, books, stained glass, paintings, statues, and drama: Saint George and the Dragon. The Lumeçon is a reenactment of the epic battle that has taken place annually for seven centuries in the city of Mons; it’s the more »

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bon secours 2
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Anyone in possession of small children occasionally finds herself in need of a place to let them destroy leaf piles, collect sticks, breathe freshly plant-recycled air, wander off a bit without danger of a road, and generally muck about in the dirt. We recently found that place for our family, in the Parc Naturel des more »

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mons chocolate 3
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One early spring Saturday afternoon, we pointed our family car toward the center of Mons. We’d heard that the locals were going to the Chocolate Festival, and that the Americans who live around Mons were going, so we decided that it was probably the place to be. The Grand Place was looking lively with chatting more »

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van gogh 3
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Something I’ve learned through travelling is that you cannot appreciate a place until you know something of its history, the particular tragedies and triumphs that have made a people, their cities, their landscapes. One interesting tale of Hainaut Province is how its mining industry formed Vincent van Gogh as a painter. The city of Mons, more »

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