Located about 11 kilometres north of Catania, it is the perfect little commune to visit during the ottobrata – the local festivity that occurs every October here in Sicily, celebrating the fruits of the land: frutti di terra. The first encounter went wrong already 🙂 Approaching the booth with fruit, I have noticed quince – one […]
Living in Brussels is specially amazing in autumn when the trees get beautiful colors of red and yellow. It is the time of plenty, when trees are drooping heavily with the last fruits of the year and thick-skinned gourds lie swollen on the ground.
So we decided to seize the sunny Saturday and took a day trip to the nearby castle La Hulpe in Belgian region Wallonia.
The castle is also known as Château Solvay. It was completed in 1842 by Walloon architects. Erected on the summit of a hill, in Flemish neo-renaissance style, it is flanked by towers at each of the four corners.
Walking around we enjoyed the sun and colors of autumn. We took a walk in the forests, with the sun shielded by a hillside, we came across this treetop that looked as if it were on fire.
It was quite a route – 7 km wandering around and getting our batteries charged. 🙂 The very special feeling was just to hear the leaves hitting sump under our feet and the last sun rays on our faces.
As the day was coming to its end, we decided to stop at the nearby market and buy some local season fruits like mushrooms, maroons, a bottle of great wallonian white wine and a pumpkin! The pumpkin will be probably used for a soup.
By the way, if you would like to discover the world of mushrooms, there is La fete des champignons in the nearby Louvain-la-Neuve village with expositions of fresh mushrooms, workshops, presentations etc.