In Belgium’s east, close to the borders of the Netherlands and Germany, Liege is the capital city of a mostly French speaking province with the same name.

The small city straddles the Meuse River, a fascinating (if not harmonious) mix of architectural styles spanning the city’s centuries of history, from the 11th century St. Bartholomew’s Collegiate Church to the grand 17th century Curtius Museum and the striking modern Liege-Guillemins Station, with high speed connections to Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Frankfurt.

Though it may lack a certain sheen, there is a wonderful atmosphere to the city, with its vibrant artistic and cultural scene, convivial and proudly free spirited locals, a great eating scene and a lively nightlife.

Other attractions include ‘La Batte’ – the largest and oldest market in Belgium held on Sundays, the historic citadel and an array of museums and galleries. The Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial is close by as is the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps motor-racing circuit, the legendary venue for the Belgian Grand Prix.