Friday, 10 September 2010

A visit to the Ardennes

house_20100824_D_057178
Camping and Canoeing

A couple of weeks ago Kristine and I borrowed the boys of Dharminder and Dominique to take them camping and canoeing in the Belgium Ardennes.

Sebastien, Charles and Alexander had a great time even though the weather was not always good. We camped on the other side of the Lesse river from the railway station at Gendron-Celles for three nights. WE did some hiking up and down the river banks for the first couple of days and explored the Roman ruins near Furfooz.

On our final day we took the train up to Houyet and hired two canoes to takes us all the way down to Anseremme - a distance of about 21kms. Kristine had Alexandre in her boat and I had the two twins. The river is relatively easy but runs quickly in some places. In two places you have to negotiate a steep drop. The kids enjoyed these and were fearless in crashing down through the stopper wave.