A few days ago, I’ve been shopping in Marche-en-Famenne. This small town is growing every year, becoming more attractive and interesting. There are more and more people coming, the population increases, thanks to that, the number of shops increases too. New shop centers are built outside the town centre and in the town centre, there are smaller local shops. I’ve been shopping in “les 9 grains d’or”, which means “the 9 golden grains” in English. As opposed to supermarkets, they don’t sell mass produced food. You can only buy organic food here. As you’ll see in my video, Marche is crossed by different boulevards and is surrounded by national roads, which makes the town easy to access for tourists. A footpath in the middle of the main Boulevard leads me safely from one side of the town to the other.
Here I am in the town of Marche-en-Famenne, it’s a small town lost in the countryside of the south of Belgium. I was annoyed because I didn’t find any activities for teddy bears to spend my free time but that was before I met Christopher, a student at Institut Saint-Laurent. Christopher is going to show me the leisure activities that you can do in the area of Marche. There are actually a lot more activities than I thought there would be: there are the more adventurous activities, the more cultural activities, the sport activities and the evening activities. I’ll find out more about all this tomorrow…
Quarry of Marenne
At the weekend, I’m visiting a quarry. There, I’ll tell you more about the main resources in Marche. One of them is grey stone. Near Marche, in Marenne, there is a quarry from which we extract stones that are used as a building material. Somewhere else in Walloonia, there are coal mines, especially around the cities of Charleroi or Liège. The last resource I’m going to talk about is wood. Wood is used for useful things such as heating, building, creation of furniture. The forests also attract a lot of tourists and it makes the beauty of the region. I’m looking forward to this visit…
In front of Institut Saint-Laurent, Marche together with the students from class 3GTB
Inside Institut Saint-Laurent, Marche with the students from class 3GTB
My new friends are in the 3rd year secondary school. They are all 14 or 15 years old. They all study English at school and are even having lessons as history, geography and a lesson called “current events” in the language of Shakespeare. This is called “immersion”. Other students at the “Institut Saint-Laurent” have immersion classes in Dutch, the language spoken in Flanders, the Northern part of Belgium.
Inside a classroom with the students from class 3GTA
On Friday, March 14th, I arrived in Marche-en-Famenne. Two groups of enthousiastic students were awaiting me.They are going to make me discover more about Marche’s culture and traditions. During the following two weeks, the students will take me to interesting places in Marche and surrounding regions. They are going to take me to the “musée de la Famenne” to find out more about Marche in history. I’ll also walk through the old town before discovering more about “housing” in and around Marche. Some students told me I will taste some Belgian chocolate and “les Baisers de Marche”, a traditional dessert. They also told me they celebrated Carnival a few weeks ago (I hope they’ll tell me more) And around this period of the year, I’ve heard they are lighting bonfires all over Walloonia (the French speaking region in Belgium). Other students want to keep secret the place they are taking me to… Surprise!!!
Follow me on my journey…
Kind regards from lovely Marche,