We started at the Ruins de Montaigle, as the website said. We weren't quite sure where to go from there, but within a few minutes we found what we thought was the path.
Not so much.
After about 3 1/2 hours, we started to wonder where this path was taking us. We were getting a little tired, a little hot, a lot thirsty and more than a little bit sick of walking around in the middle of no where.
After about 4 1/2 hours we started thinking this must be some kind of sick joke. These red and white stripes don't lead anywhere! Well they lead somewhere, just not where we want to go.
Then, we started to hear some loud bumping music. When we came to a clearing, we saw the city of ........Dinant:
The man suggested we go to Maredsous, as there was a bus that would take us there and it isn't too far from Falaen. The train guy seemed to think this was a good idea.
We looked out the window to the stop and right there was the bus to Maredsous! The guy told us to run. We did, but were nervous about what we would do once we got to Maredsous, obviously.
No map + almost dead phone = two lost Americans
I asked the bus driver if he spoke English, again no luck (boy, we are spoiled in Brussels). I looked out to the man and gave him a pleading look, as if to say PLEASE HELP!! Thankfully, the driver wasn't in a hurry and the man made it to the bus and explained where we needed to go. The bus driver shook his head. He doesn't go to Falaen. The man asked about us walking from there. The driver looked at us like we were crazy and said something to the man. The man then asked if we had a place to stay when we got there, as there would be nothing in the village and it was getting late.
We said our car is at the Ruins de Montaigle. "The Ruins de Montaigle?" the driver asked. We shook our head yes. He said he goes right past the ruins de Montaigle! Get out. GET OUT! Read here: me going Elaine Benes on the bus driver.
He didn't seem to mind. We forked over the 6 Euro and after about a 15-20 minute private bus ride (without stops) got dropped off directly at our car just outside the Ruins de Montaigle.
Best. Timing. Ever.
We were literally jumping for joy. Needless to say, go ahead and go to the Ruins de Montaigle, but don't follow the red and white striped signs. Who knows where you'll end up!? I still wonder. In fact, I am losing sleep over it.
Next up is a Falafel Inspired Veggie Burger. Nom Nom. No, I didn't make this when we got home... we went straight to Domino's, got two larges and scarfed them down immediately. It was amahzing.