It's pretty cool knowing that my Dad once walked these same streets about 40 years ago.
We found the Andre Dumont Statue that my Dad posed in front of. Here he was back then:
And us now:
We passed by the Old Square/University Hall. It's apparently known as "the longest bar in Europe."
We all took turns trying to re-enact this without a bike but we had no idea where to rent them, so running had to do! I think my brother and sister were tied, but here's my brother's pic. Sadly, the statue seemed to have been neglected over the years and has lost its lustre.
Louvain had an amazing City Hall as well. Look at all the detail!
Right next to it was the St. Peter's Church, which was just as beautiful.
During lunch, we started talking about how people in Europe seem to take their time when they eat their meals. They tend to sit for hours, savoring every bite, share a bottle of wine and enjoying each other's company. I think I need to do that more often. I feel like everything is on fast forward here and we seem to be in such a hurry. I need to take it slow and live in the moment.
I miss alcoholic beverages =(
We walked to (which seemed like forever) the Groot Begijnhof historic quarter, south of downtown Louvain. It is completely restored and is owned by the University. It is part of the campus and is used as housing for students and guests.
Lastly, we made our way to the Arenberg Castle, which now holds the University's Engineering department and some lectures. Here's my Dad in front of the Castle back then.
And here we are now.
Dad, wish you were there to share more stories with us, but we know you were there in spirit! Missing you lots!