After mashed bananas on toast for breakfast (we’d run out of food), we headed back to Beauraing to shop for groceries at the Carrefour. It took us a while to get our bearings, but despite being a small supermarket it was surprisingly well stocked, even with gluten free food.

We were both flagging after the drive over from England, and so decided to forego a trip to the tourist information office and head back to the gite for an early lunch, after which we set off on foot to explore the village, meeting all of its friendly cats along the way. Belgians certainly like their felines. We found two friendly donkey’s (Belgians like these lots too), the local cafe, children’s play park, and my favourite – the bread vending machine, before following a footpath to Chapel Notre Dame des Grâces, located on a small hill south of Hour. The site dates back to Celtic times, and the current church to 1856.

After admiring the view we headed back, only to meet one of Dominique’s cats waiting patiently for us outside the door. We eventually managed to get past it and inside, but I suspect it’ll be back. Cats always know when there are humans close by who are gullible enough to provide cuddles and sneaky snacks.

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