Arlon

Eglise St-Donat Grounds

This Belgian town, which is about twenty minutes from Luxembourg, was first settled as a Roman trading post. The medieval layout leads to a central hilltop, which used to house a fortress. Now, only a stone foundation remains.

What we did:

Eglise St-Donat: Worth the short hike. This church was built in 1626 by the Capuchin Fathers and fortified under Louis XIV. It sits on the central hilltop and overlooks the town.

Flea Market: It seems that everyone with anything old to sell comes out on the first Sunday of each month from March – Nov. Vendors populate every street in the city center. Some sell specific goods – clothes, antique tools, coins, WWII artifacts – and others seem to empty the contents of their basements onto a blanket. We had a great time checking out the goods and considered it a history lesson of sorts.

Where we ate:

L’Ecu de Bourgogne Hotel- Brasserie (Place Léopold 10 B-6700 Arlon):

This restaurant’s front porch that allows for very entertaining people watching, especially during the monthly flea market. We saw a woman in the World’s Ugliest Shirt, a couple contemplate the World’s Ugliest Painting, and a war helmet that received much attention but ultimately no takers.

The short daily menu is written on the board. Dishes included many pastas, shrimp and ham salads, and some things I couldn’t understand. I had Salad Niçoise and Angelo had macaroni with white asparagus. Both dishes were satisfying, simple and reasonably priced.