Top 5 of Namur (Wallonia - Belgium)

When I say top things to do in Namur city, obviously it would mean exploring the Citadel, seeing the Belfry and going on a cruise in Meuse. So I'm skipping those 3! Here are next top 5 places to see in Namur.Like my blog? Support me via Patreon! It costs less than a cuppa coffee!Djoseph and Françwès (Snail sculpture): If I have to go by what locals say, the people of Namur as so lazy and so slow, that, Djoseph (Joe) and Françwès (Frank) need to put a leash & cage on their snails, while they negotiate, so it doesn't run away! Well.... You need to visit the city for yourself and find out how fast or slow the people are. I'm not going to comment on that! Haha.The sculpture composition is by Suzanne Godard, made in 2000 CE. The concept of these 2 characters is the brainchild of Jean Legrand, an artist of the last century who was the son of this soil. The 2 are the characters of a comic strip created by him. You can find this sculpture in the Place d'Armes square. Searching for Utopia (Turtle sculpture): From Snail to a Turtle..... This sculpture is located half way through the flight of stairs (i.e., not the ramp route) that takes you to Namur Citadel. Its a huge bronze turtle, with a man seated on its back, overlooking the River Meuse and further towards the city. This was made by artist Jan Fabre and it was displayed in the city in 2015 as a part of an exhibition. However people of Namur fell in love so much with this sculpture that the city & residents bought it and displayed here permanently.King of Liar's Throne: Quite amusingly, this very interesting contest happens during the Fêtes de Wallonie festival. This is located in Roi des Menteurs street. The Liar Festival is a huge annual event in Moncrabeau in France, which has the so-called Academy of Liars (more like a folk society)! One of the founders of the society is Nicolas Bosret who belongs to Namur. So yeah, Namur has his sculpture and at its foot, the city's own 'throne' for the 'King of Liars'! Every year, the current 40 members of the society select the King of Liars who is enthroned on this throne!!!!!!!Guy Delforge Perfumery: This is also, half way through to Citadel. From outside it looks like a simple perfume shop, but it has a huge perfume manufacturing area inside which can be seen with a guided tour.It is a 1hr tour that begins with a small movie about the whole process and their history. After the movie, the tour starts with the places where the manufacturing, filtering, storing of the perfumes happen. Beyond this is a huge collection of the various aromatic oils. We were given some to smell and find out what they were! This is followed by the most important place, the underground cellars of the citadel, which are used by the perfumery for aging the perfumes. The last part is where they tell you how to choose a perfume, where to apply a perfume and more!Btw, did you know there are 3 types of perfumes? Eau de cologne which has 2-3% concentration of aromatic oils, Eau de toilette that has 7-8% and Eau de parfum which has 13-14%. Perfume as it is has a whooping 23-24% aromatic oil!!! Jean Chalon Garden: I call it the symbol garden. This is located inside Parc Louise-Marie. Its named after Jean Chalon, the 19th C Botanist, again, a son of this soil! First I was definitely confused that the entire park is the garden, but no - the garden is a very small part of the park and has specific opening timings, unlike the rest of the park.The whole garden is filled with several symbolisms, beginning with a Maze and Grotto - on the floor is a maze and beyond it is a foliage canopied path to represent a cave/grotto. The garden is in the 2 sections - Esoteric Garden to the right and the Garden of Traditions to the left. The Esoteric Garden is rather quirky with sections for elements of nature, numbers, shapes, astronomy, music and more. On the other side, the Garden of Traditions is more filled with trees, floral plants etc. It too has several symbols incl ying yang, assorted random symbols. Don't miss the little insect house here. (Btw, Belgium's largest Insect house is close to Namur as well, in Domaine de Han).P.S: Click here to know what I wore in Namur - Day 2 Outfit, Day 3 OutfitTo Get There:On Google Maps: Searching for Utopia (Turtle Sculpture), Djoseph and Françwès (Snail sculpture), King of Liars' Throne, Guy Delforge Perfumery, Jean Chalon Garden.All these places are walkable from Namur Railway Station.Prices & Timings:Searching for Utopia (Turtle Sculpture) - Free; 8AM to 5PM/8PM in winters & summersDjoseph and Françwès (Snail sculpture), King of Liars' Throne - Free, 24x7Guy Delforge Perfumery: €3.50; Saturdays at 3:30PM (during school holidays, Mon-Sat 3:30PM). Guides usually speak French, Dutch, English, German, Spanish & Italian and for other languages, audio guide is given. Jean Chalon Garden: Free; Jul-Aug: Tue-Sun: 2PM to 6PM; Other months - Sat-Sun: 2PM to 6PM. Jean Chalon Garden Guide book (downloads/opens as PDF)P.S: I was invited by Wallonia Tourism to experience the region for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.{ "@context": "", "@type": "TouristAttraction", "name": "Namur", "address": { "@type": "PostalAddress", "addressLocality": "Namur", "addressCountry": "Belgium" }, "touristType":"Family tourism", "image": "", "description": "Namur city is filled with quite a few quirky places to see & things to do including a symbol garden, snail & turtle sculptures and more" }

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