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Dinant - Day trip to Bastogne

Hi - We just returned from Belgium where we stayed three nights at Pau que c fuche, a rental house at Waulsort BE about 6 miles South of Dinant.
One day we drove to Bastogne and toured the Bastogne War Museum. It is a wonderful place, just opened in March 2014, probably the best museum I have ever visited. It gave me a great overview of WWII and the battle there.

I highly recommend it.

If anyone is interested in the place we stayed, i will be glad to help.

Bill

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hi there Bill. I would love to know where you stayed. I'm interested in going to Belgium in a couple of years and I know my husband would particularly want to go to Bastogne as he is a veteran.

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Dear Sanderskn

We stayed in a house across from the Meuse River in the Belgium village of Waulsort. It is a 3 bedroom house next door to the owner's (Diane). It is nice and the only drawback to us was the one toilet is downstairs, (the shower is upstairs). We paid $259 Euros for three nights, plus a small fee for electicity and cleaning. We found it through booking.com. We cooked and ate some meals there rather than going to restaurants.
The name of the place is: Pau que c fuche address: 79 rue des Villas

The town of Dinant is 6 miles to the north.

I am interested in the Meuse River because it played in the Battle of the Bulge, (the German forces had to get over the Meuse). It is a very nice drive along the river and we took a boat trip also.

Bill

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Bill,
I myself and my 2 sisters are taking a side trip to Belgium from Paris after seeing Normandy for the second years and exploring Rouen and other towns we missed. Our father was in Day 2 of Normandy and then later captured in Luxembourg in the Battle of the Bulge. So Bastogne is on my list.

We travel via train or bus so we won't have a car as bad things happen when I drive!! Your house you stayed at sounds so perfect but it looks like you would have to have a car.

I booked Hotel Georgio for Sunday which is downtown Bastogne and then Monday at the Best Western Hotel. Hotels booked up due to the 70th Anniversary.

The new War Museum looks like I could get to it from downtown Bastogne and will research that but if you have any tips on that museum or what else we should NOT miss. Or who to use as a tour or guide.

My big question is did you stay anywhere else in Belgium or Luxembourg that is accessible via train or bus?

Thank You,

Kathy

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@ Bill...thanks for the info on the museum, good to know.

"I am interested in the Meuse River...." True, as that was the first strategic objective in 1944, just as 1940 after they had reached Sedan and Dinant to effect a crossing.

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Kathy,

Sorry about the delayed response. I consider soldiers like your Father as true heroes. There is a statue of Gen. Anthony McAuliffe in downtown Bastogne and a picture of Gen. George Patton in the bakery where we had coffee! The museum is about 2 miles outside of the town center but I am sure there are buses that go there. Don't miss it!
We took a train from Amsterdam to Antwerp and rented a car there, so I am afraid I can't help you on the question of bus or train.
When you return, I would love to hear how you liked Bastogne.
Bill

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Fred,
Thanks for your post. For me, it was neat to actually see the Meuse (Maas) river and to think about those German tanks and troops right there! And trying to get across!
Regards,
Bill

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@ Bill...Yes, I see you are referring to 1940 in your imagination, on trying to cross the Meuse (Maas) at Sedan (Guderian )and Dinant (Rommel), putting those pontoons across under fire, day and night, so as to maintain the momentum. It gives one a strange feeling, like seeing the Marne at Chateau-Thierry, or Frankfurt an der Oder or Küstrin an der Oder.