About this book
The first dedicated English-language guidebook to Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. Mons is a town itching to be discovered. Cobbled streets rise on a twisty medieval grid to its beautiful central square, and then on up to a crescendo at the 17th-century Belfry, one of the town’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historic, pretty and manageably compact it is the perfect short stay destination.
About the author
Antony Mason has been writing about Belgium for some 20 years – a happy outcome of being married to a Belgian (a Walloon from Waterloo, as it happens).
He is the "Brussels Expert" for the Daily Telegraph series of online city break guides and writes occasional articles for the Daily Telegraph Saturday Travel section (e.g. on the WW1 centenary commemorations, and the wonders of Belgian frites (chips)). His most recent Belgium-oriented publication is his translation and adaptation of Le Goût des Belges by Eric Boschman, called A Slice of Belgium in the English edition (Lannoo Publishers, 2014), a humorous analysis of what the Belgians really eat.
Some Facts 5
Chapter 1 General Information 7
Practical Information 7, History of Mons 14
Chapter 2 The Guide 23
Orientation 23, Th e Main Sights 23
Chapter 3 Walks, Tour and Excursions 37
City Walks 37, Tour of the Sites and Monuments of World
War I 45, Excursions Around Mons 48
Chapter 4 Where to Stay and Eat 57
Where to Stay 57, Where to Eat and Drink 59
Appendix Getting Started in French 63