27. From Liege to Namur.
37>|2 31. Railway in li|4—2 hrs. (fares 5 fr., 3 fr. 80, 2 fr. 50 c.;
express 6 fr. 20, 4 fr. 70 c). Trains start simultaneously from the Guil¬
lemins and Longdoz stations at Liege and meet at Flemalle Junction.
Steamers seldom now ply on this part of the river.
This part of the valley of the Meuse is remarkably picturesque
and attractive , and at several points is well worthy of comparison
with that of the Rhine. Bold cliffs, ruined castles, rich pastures,
and thriving villages are passed in uninterrupted succession, while
numerous coal-mines and manufactories with their lofty chimneys
bear testimony to the enterprising character of the inhabitants. The
whole district is densely peopled, the land well cultivated, and the
scenery pleasantly diversified with hop-gardens, corn-fields , and
meadows, but many of the prettiest points are unfortunately missed
by the railway traveller. The quarries on both banks yield excellent
marble, which is largely exported to Holland for paving and de¬
Ougree and Seraing (p. 153) are stations on the r., Tilleur and
Jemeppe stations on the 1. bank of the river, all remarkable for
their picturesque situation, and their numerous manufactories and
7 M. Stat. Flemalle, a considerable village, is the junction ot
the lines of the r. and 1. banks. The bridge which crosses the rivei
here, and the branch-line on the r. bank, were constructed chiefly
for the purpose of connecting the extensive coal-mines on the 1. bank
with the numerous iron-works and other establishments on the
opposite side of the river, and the latter with the main line be¬
tween Brussels and Cologne.
Farther on , to the r. , on a precipitous rock rising almost im¬
mediately from the river, stands the chateau of Ckokier, with its
red tower and massive walls, dating partly from the last century.
It is the ancient seat of the Surlet de Chokier family, a member ol
which was regent of Belgium for five months previous to the election
of King Leopold. Then, at some distance from the river, on the
L, the castle of Aigremonl, with its white walls, rising conspicu¬
ously on the crest of a lofty hill, the property of Count d'Outremont.
It is said to have been originally erected by the Quatre Fils Ay-
mon, four traditionary heroes of the middle ages. In the 15th
cent, it formed the central point of the warlike exploits of William
de la Marck, the 'Wild Boar of the Ardennes' (p. 170). To the 1.,
opposite stat. Engis, stands the chateau of Engihoul, at the base o1
a limestone rock. In 1829 numerous fossil bones were discovered
by Dr. Schmerling in the limestone rocks around Engis, whi.;h
led him to the conclusion that a prehistoric race of human beings
had once peopled this district. Stat. Hermalle, with a handsome
chateau and park, is another picturesque spot, between which and
Neuville the scenery is less attractive, and the banks are flatter.