In search of sunshine and signs of spring, I went on a solo adventure out to Mons, a small town on the border with France, just south of Tournai. Having not heard or read much about it, I was pleasantly surprised by how lovely this place was. It doesn't show up commonly in research but those who do take the time to visit are greeted with beautiful architecture, quaint streets, pretty parks, plenty of views - and even a UNESCO site!
If you get to visit Mons, here are five things you should see:
Square Franklin Delano-Roosevelt
Square Franklin Delano-Roosevelt provides a relaxing space to enjoy spring flowers and view the seven-metre-high statue of Lucie et les Papillons made of over 2000 triangular steel facets that play with the light and emulate youthfulness.
Saint Waltrude Collegiate Church
On one end of Square Franklin Delano-Roosevelt, the most symbolic place in Mons and the most photographed, Saint Waltrude Collegiate Church is an exquisite and prominent church of gothic architecture.
A sunken garden, this is the ideal spot for lunch nestled between the church and the belfry with spectacular views of both. In the springtime, the park (and the rest of town) comes alive with blossoms.
Grand Place de Mons
Most European towns have a central gathering place where you can find plenty of restaurants and usually lively, bustling activity. Mons is no exception and has a pleasantly clean and spacious Grand Place enticing visitors to sit and stay awhile.