Spa, Belgium

Following the breathless excitement of a certain someone’s week-long math conference in Spa, I went to visit. It’s a tiny town. As you can see from the photos, it was raining and snowing for the full day that we had there together. We also quickly noted that most of the activities listed in the official tourism guide were actually very far from Spa itself. The ones that were actually in Spa involved paying a lot of money to swim in pools or having a lot of money to spend gambling. So, we walked around. A lot. And we tried to do it slowly, breaking it up with stops at the hotel to warm up while flipping the TV around between French, Dutch, Flemish, German and English shows.

View from the funicular

View from the funicular

Galerie Leopold

Galerie Leopold

Monument to the creators of the many "walks" around Spa. So many walks. This was in the "seven o'clock" park, where spa-goers would traditionally walk around and digest their food. Yum.

Monument to the creators of the many “walks” around Spa. So many walks. This was in the “seven o’clock” park, where spa-goers would traditionally walk around and digest their food. Yum.

The last four columns of the Pouhon Pierre-la-Grand

The last four columns of the Pouhon Pierre-la-Grand

Monument to General Foch.

Monument to General Foch, all-around WWI badass.

Spring, why must you be wet and cold?

Spring, why must you be wet and cold?

Random artwork under the train tracks.

Random artwork under the train tracks.

One of the booths at the Sunday flea market.

One of the booths at the Sunday flea market.

Right outside of our hotel was this monument to Georges Krins, one of the musicians who died on the Titanic.

Right outside of our hotel was this monument to Georges Krins, one of the musicians who died on the Titanic.

One highlight was the City Museum, which covers the history of Spa’s handpainted wooden boxes and other arts. There was also an exhibit on the history of casinos, as well as a horse museum. The woman working at the front desk was so thrilled that we were American – and that she could check off that she had two vistors from “North America” – that she very sweetly gave us the student discount on our tickets.

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4 responses to “Spa, Belgium

  1. It looks pretty, but cooold! My sister wants to go to Spa to see a formula 1 race.

    In the Agatha Christie books, Hercule Poirot’s birthplace is Spa.

    • The pictures online look so much warmer and prettier than what we saw. And yes, that Agatha Christie fact is one of maybe three “fun facts” about Spa 🙂

  2. Spa looks pretty much like Hudson WI today. Had a nice snow storm and it’s cold! I like the monument to the Titanic musician..we have no primroses yet so you were lucky to see some!

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