Last night we went for a town stroll, on the basis that the centre was only a 5 minute walk away. We’d read an online newspaper review that said if Bruges was Belgium’s Venice, then Tournai had to be Belgium’s Sienna, and that it was a must see at night. This is high praise, and to be fair, not far from the mark. A lovely place to visit, with wide streets, tasteful historic architecture, impressively “dressed” small shops, restaurants, and bars, and beautifully lit in the evening, and this is pre-Christmas lights.
Back to the the aire, I surprised myself by not being fazed by the traffic noise from the adjacent main road. It did peter out as it got later, but even in the busy morning was more like white noise, as I’d hoped. So I slept well. The place was also well lit, we had other motorhome neighbours, and the facilities very clean and respectable. So all in all Tournai gets a big thumbs up from us.
That next day we headed into town again, this time with the prime objective of tracking down the Protestant church where Sophie’s great great great grandfather would likely have been based in the 1800s. With some guidance from the Tourist Information office and a favourite app of ours, maps.me, we found this ancient building quite easily, and Sophie also now has an email address of someone to further her enquiries with.
We then walked along the canal to the Pont des Trus, and headed back to the van to finally leave the town.