Where Our Heroes
- Find a bullion cube of another dimension
- Take the tour de 3.1
- See a place that's for the birds
- Find just how young one can develop a sense of gastronomy
- Confirm that this is indeed trout
- Marchons, Marchons to artisinal ice cream and discover eating a cone is not a natural process
We are very close to the town of Bouillon. Yes there is a town of that name. The clear broth was named for the town. And it has a big ass castle to visit. The history of the castle is very interesting. It goes back to the late 11th and early 12th centuries and the life of Godfrey de Bouillon. He was the second son of noble and was made heir to an uncle who lacked one. He had to do a lot of fighting to secure his inheritance and hence the importance of the castle. As a side note he became a very important figure in the First Crusade and was a prime exemplar of Christian values such as the slaughter of all those who don't believe in what you do right up to his capture of the city of Jerusalem and the putting to the sword of all the inhabitants. The castle of Bouillon continued to play important roles in history because of its location right through WWII.
The Chateau Fort (Castle) of Bouillon
This is not one of those fairy tale castles. This is a real castle that was for serious defense.
Let's listen to our tour guide
Looking at the castle from the surrounding area
Before we go in we have to make sure everything is in order
Is there any confusion as to why #3 calls her second daughter 'Sausage'?
The Castle interior
There was a live falconry show in the castle and we got to meet some of the actors afterwards
Some views of the town of Bouillon
We continued to be gastronomically focused. #3 was all for a nice meal. We saw signs that the month of April is Trout festival time in Bouillon so we found via the Trip Adviser App a good place down from the castle in town. Here granddaughter 3.2 distinguished herself by eating over half of Wife's Soupe a l'Onion amazing her Mother and all of us because of her (3.2') loud protests if Mom didn't keep the soup coming.
We had two kinds of trout and a very, very nice Grand Cru Riesling from Alsace (freaking 26 Euros/29 Dollars for a Grand Cru wine). The reference to trout goes back decades ago when #3 was a student in France. Wife and I visited her and while there had a meal at a nice restaurant where we insisted to Wife that she had trout when in fact she was served eel (for which she's never let us forget).
Son-in-law 3A showing that Frites are no laughing matter.
We wandered town afterwards until we found the one real artisanal ice cream maker (two flavors; vanilla and chocolate). We got one for 3.1 and quickly found that eating an ice ream cone is actually a pretty complicated practice.