Next morning I saddled up and left the town Haybes.
It was a misty morning as I rode into the Semois valley, following the Semois river.
Stopped here for a coffee,
and studied the war memorial.
The main goal of the day was the town Bouillon where I would spend most of the day at the castle Chateau de Bouillon.
The castle get's it's fame from the crusader Godefroid de Bouillon. He's regarded as a hero in these parts of the country. In the 11th century he went out on a crusade to the Holy Land. They slaughtered, raped and burned their way through Europe, before they finally reached Jerusalem after 3 years. On the 15 July 1099 the army breached the city walls of Jerusalem and massacred around 40,000 Muslims and Jews.
Here's the hero...
Nevertheless it was still a very interesting castle to visit.
When the castle was built is unknown, but experts reckon that it excisted already several centuries before the year 1,000.
The castle has been rebuilt and extended several times.
Views from the castle shows the strategic position it once holded, overlooking the river Semois.
At 12:00 an open-air bird show started.
Here's a vulture.
And then the highlight of the show, an eagle.
That was a big bugger!
And it flew veerry close over the audience's heads.
After this spectacular show I was back on the road riding through small villages,
passing war memorials.
It was clearly farmer-country I was riding through,
with tractors parked on main street.
I had a short ride through Luxembourg on my way to Germany, and stopped here for a coffee.
I entered the excellent riding area Eifel, in south-western Germany.
And started zig zagging my way north.
In the little town Manderscheid I stopped for the night at this hotel, the Kupferpfanne.
After getting installed in my hotelroom I went down to the bar, to get this.
After a solid german dinner I went to my room and planned the next day's route.