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This thread is a tribute to Liège (and its surroundings), where I lived from September 2009 to November 2017. For those of you who don't know it, Liège (pop: +/-200,000) is the center of the third largest agglomeration in Belgium (pop.: +/- 600,000), and the most important town in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of the country.

It was one of the first towns in continental Europe to become an industrial center, but has a history that goes back a lot further, most notably as the capital of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, an independent country from the 10th to 18th century. The Cité Ardente, or fiery city, Liège has and has always had a strong life its own. To me it will remain one of the most unique cities I know, especially for one its size. And I will let you know why by posting one picture a day!
 

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1. Liège is a city of contrasts, as you can see here in this old courtyard just off Rue Saint-Rémy (a narrow pedestrian street behind my house). The apartment buildings in the background are on Boulevard d'Avroy, one of the city's main thoroughfares. Photo taken on 2017-10-18
01 P2670858b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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Thanks for the comments Yansa and Christos:)
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2. Liège is also a lively city. Sundays can be dull in other towns, but in Liège, one can visit La Batte, the second largest market in Belgium, which stretches along the banks of the Meuse for about a kilometer and a half. Picture taken on 2017-10-15
02 P2630942b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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^^ Thanks Yansa:) Yes I think so too. I made thousands of goodbye pictures in the last months I lived in Liège, but On the rare occasions it was nice weather. It will still take me a while to make panorama's out of all of them, which is why I decided to make a random thread first.

I'll post two pics today because I didn't post one yesterday:

5. Liège's third river is the Vesdre, which flows into the Ourthe under the bridge this picture was taken from, which is not far from the last picture. The building on the left is the former town hall of Chênnée. 2015-12-03
05 BE LI Liège-Chênée-N30-Vesdre 2015-12-03 (2) by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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8. Liège is surrounded by various distinct natural regions. This is the Hesbaye, a region of often bare rolling hills, near Juprelle, just to the north of Ans (which is built on to Liège', 2017-06-20
08 BE LI Juprelle 2017-06-20 (1) by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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9. The area to the east and south of Liège is higher and more wooded. Here you can see the basilica of Chêvremont with Liège in the background, 2016-09-02
09 P1930660c by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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10. There are extensive industrial areas in the Meuse Valley to the south-west of Liège. Here you can see the Cockeril-Sambre steel mill in Ougrée, which is now closed. The Standard de Liège football stadium is visible on the left 2017-11-04
10 P2700957d by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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12. Parts of Liège were damaged by urban planners. Most notable is the case of the western side of the main square, Place Saint-Lambert, which was left unbuilt for decades after the buildings had been demolished in the 1960's or 70's. But like many other places in Liège, things have greatly improved in the last 10 to 20 years. On this photo, you can see part of an extension of the law court that was built in the early 2000's. Place Saint-Lambert is visible in the background. Photo taken on 2017-10-17
12 P2670325b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 
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