A Quick Afternoon in Liege, Belgium

A Quick Afternoon in Liege, Belgium

Sometimes even the best laid plans fail. That is how we ended up in Liege, Belgium.


Making the best of poor planning that led us to completely forget that Monday was a U.S. holiday, we booked an extra night at a hotel and decided to spend our free Monday in Liege.

Tram Driver

We chose Liege because we knew there was a transportation museum and we figured the rest of the plan would take shape from there. As soon as we drove over the border into Belgium we noticed a difference. The roads were all under construction and the windmill-lined river gave way to factories. The boys almost instantly fell asleep.

Jeff and I drove through Liege seeing what we could from the car and finally parked outside the transportation museum assuming the boys would wake up. They did not.

Jeff went inside to get a lay of the land. We discovered that the museum closes from 12-1 for lunch. It was of course noon. Jeff got directions to a place for lunch and we waited for the boys to wake up. They did not.

Walking Down the Bus

We sat in the car reading our books. (Thank goodness for a Kindle and iPad in the car.) We were the only car in the parking lot. The doors to the museum opened and out came throngs of children who were visiting the museum on a school trip. They proceed to play games around our car. Many involved children thwacking into our car over and over. Still our boys slept.

Lunch in Belgium Mall

Finally, once the school children had come and gone and the museum opened back up, the boys woke up. They were both starving. Having expanded our trip by a day the snack supply was running low. We walked a few blocks to the mall where we found a variety of options in the food court. It was not fancy but it fit the bill. We had a bit of a cultural-adjustment experience just ordering. Everyone in the Netherlands seems to speak English, but the folks in Belgium all spoke French – Jeff had to point at things on the menu to order us lunch.

Walking down the streets of Leiden

We returned to the transportation museum where we were the only ones there. They had English audio tour guides. We started using them but quickly abandoned them on the stroller as the boys hopped in and out of busses and trams, pretending to be drivers and passengers. We stayed at the museum until it was ready to close. The museum also had posters and paper trams as gifts for the boys.

Truck Fun in Leiden

Upon leaving we picked up a ton of brochures about things to do in Belgium.We did not have time for any additional exploring but have a whole list of things to see next time on a more well-planned trip.




1 thought on “A Quick Afternoon in Liege, Belgium”

  • Hi, Elizabeth! I’m a legal secretary turned homeschooler/chauffeur/computer lab operator at Army Ed Center. We’ve lived in Europe since 2001 at WWII American Cemeteries and our children were 3 and 8 when we arrived. I enjoyed reading about your visit to Brussels and it brought back memories of our visit there to Mini-Europa and the Atomium with our children just a “few” years ago. I was really excited to see that you had visited Liege because we live just beyond there at the Ardennes American Cemetery. I look forward to your next visit to see what caught your interest from the info you gathered. Liege is a tricky city — it’s not on the top 10 list of cities to visit but there are some interesting things to see even when just driving along the river. Thanks for sharing!

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