Hottest Day in the Smallest City

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Street in Durbuy

Belgium weather is very mild – winters average at 6°C (42°F), and summers at 23°C (73°F). This July though, we had a day when the weather spiked up to 33°C (91°F). That’s also the same day that Reid, her daughter, and I headed out to Durbuy (pronounced duh-bwah), which is known for being the smallest city in Europe.

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Dog Topiary

I’m not sure what qualifies as a city vs. a town, but Durbuy didn’t seem that small.  It has cobblestone roads, old stone buildings, a castle on a hill, and a river runs through it. We started our tour at the Parc de Topiaries where they have a ton of topiary plant sculptures – a good place to get out some toddler energy.

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Smiles and Curls

Afterward, we walked over to the city center and picked up some sandwiches for a mini-picnic by the river. We saw a bunch of people kayaking down the river Ourthe..another thing for my ToDo list here. :) I thought this pup sitting in a shop doorway was adorable.

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Pup in a Shop Doorway

After lunch, we had enough of the heat and loaded back into the air-conditioned car and headed home.  I had a hard time with my photos on this daytrip because of the harsh sun, but if you’d like to see the rest, they’re on Flickr:

4 Comments on Hottest Day in the Smallest City

  1. Cristina
    September 4, 2009 at 8:03 PM (5 years ago)

    Uf! I wish some of that head had held over ’till September! It’s way too cold now, makes me want to head back South!

    Cool shots!
    .-= Cristina´s last blog ..Fishy Fridays: and so it begins… =-.

  2. reid
    September 5, 2009 at 4:36 AM (5 years ago)

    love the last cow shot you got! it was indeed a fun, fun, sunny day. can’t think of anyone I would would rather have sweated in the sun with!!! Reid

  3. Sarah
    September 10, 2009 at 9:18 AM (5 years ago)

    What I’ve been told is that a city can only be a city in Belgium if it had it’s “city papers” as of a certain date a long time ago (like 15th century kinda long time ago.) So, as Durbuy had it’s papers by the “deadline”, it’s still a city… even though for modern cities it’s tiny.