21 Apr 2015

A WALK THROUGH THE LA HULPE PARK

After this long winter I enjoy walking in a park around my city. Not far is the Solvay/La Hulpe park which surrounds the castle built in 1840 and was bought in the late 19th century by Ernest Solvay who was a Belgian chemist, industrialist and philanthropist. Ever since the park is  known as the Domaine Solvay. Today the property is owned by the regional government of Wallonia, and is classified as an "Exceptional Heritage Site in Wallonia." The grounds are open to the public.





The first spring signs






We walked the long way through woods, meadows and orchards 



along a quite big pond



until we arrived at the Brasserie.







This building was once the farm which belonged to the castle. Today it contains a restaurant and an exhibition hall for artists.



from far away you can see the castle.



steps besides the farm leading to the castle



And then we had to walk this long, long way back !



The park also contains a riding school for hippotherapy for autistic, physically and mentally handicapped children

Just before we arrived at my car, we saw a group of riders with their horses, ready for a walk


I wrote about the castle here


more participants here


13 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wonderful to see those blue skies and lovely gardens.

Mascha said...

So ein wunderschöner Landschaftspark... und mit den ersten Blümchen auf der Wiese ein ganz besonderer Genusz! Den man sich verdient hat nach den Winter...
Reittherapie, seufz, die hätte ich auch mal gern, aber für erwachsene Autisten gibt es hier bei uns rein garnix :-(
Liebe Grüsze
Mascha

Indrani said...

Great series. I like the alternating greens and blues! :)

Mara said...

Well, it certainly looks like spring where you are! Hope it continues and we got lots more fine trips to beautiful places.

eileeninmd said...

What a pretty place for a walk. I love the view of the castle! Wonderful post and photos, have a happy week!

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of the walk through the park. Thanks for the tour.

Andrew said...

Lovely scenery and great photos at the perfect size.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love that castle and the beautiful grounds. Did you stop for a bite to eat or drink at the cafe? That always improves a walk.

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

A most wonderful park and how nice that the sun was shining for you!

Jo said...

How lovely that your warm weather has arrived. I envy you the clean and safe parks. Enjoy spring. Jo

NC Sue said...

Lovely!
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Sandra Carlier said...

Ce château est magnifique ! C'est une visite super sympa ! J'imagine la bonne bière aux fruits rouges que j'aurais dégusté à la ferme !

Gracie said...

Really a stunning place! We used to have a Solvay company near home till a few years back...I didn't know he was a Belgian