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Mons is my birth town and the place where my family lives. It is a small middel-age town, where it is nice to live. You can thrust me... I spend there 22 years of my life :-)).

History

At the time of the Romans, Mons was already a inhabited region : the hill called Castri Locus Montensis was an ideal strategic place for the Romans who build a garrison. Later, they called this hill Montes (it means mountain in latin).

But the real foundation of the town dates back from a little bit later : in 612, Waudru (who decided to dedicate herself to God after a marriage with Madelgaire - called later St Vincent - and the education of her 4 children) built a monastery for women on this hill. After her death, she was considered as the protector of the town and her relic has been conserved and venerated in a shrine above the altar of the Church that took her name : St Waudru.


Population

Mons has a very big student population from all corners of Belgium thanks to the differents universities and schools. During the year, the nightlife is mostly "rhythmed" by the student "evenings" and/or the numerous bars situated in the center of the town.

The inhabitants of Mons are very friendly : they like to have a quiet, simple and nice life : they like to eat, drink, have fun with friends and most of them have that special self-humor that is so characteristic of the Belgian people :-)

The town is dynamic but also quiet and you can enjoy the great stressless atmosphere of the town...in the small streets, in the parcs, at the terrace of a cafe of the grand place...

Tradition

Like a lot of people born in Mons, I have strong attaches with the tradition of Mons that has its climax on the weekend of the Trinity (one week after Whit Sunday, mostly in June) during the "ducasse" which includes parties in the streets with bars, concerts, religious ceremonies, procession and a legendary fight between st Georges and the dragon : the "doudou".

For more info about it, see my travelogue "Mons, town of the doudou". And who knows... maybe you won' t resist to see the Doudou for real THIS YEAR (SUNDAY 3d June)! All "Chambourlettes" (guests invited by people from Mons for the Doudou) are always welcome !!!!

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  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2007 at 4:51 AM

    I missed Mons when I lived in Belgium :(

  • mimi9877's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 6:25 AM

    I live in Mons now. Thanks for the informative page. Now I know what to look forward to.

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2006 at 11:53 PM

    Bon Anniverssaire, Sarah. Quand tu passeras à Mons, caresses le petit singe pour moi et remets le bonjour à Saint-Georges. Jean-Pierre

  • Bokhari76's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2006 at 8:21 PM

    Nice informative Mons page with great pics.

  • Jul 20, 2005 at 10:11 AM

    Nice page,amazing pictures :-)

  • BeChar's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2005 at 10:26 AM

    Lu, Vu et approuvé! A quand ta photo à la corde (faudra passer un appareil photo à un des chinchins ;-).

  • Siddha3th's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2005 at 2:03 AM

    Really charming pages, Sarah. I love your personal writing style, it made me feel as though I was part of your adventures here :) So long... Siddharth

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2005 at 9:19 AM

    Does the Dragon 'win' when the signs come down? ;-) Great tips for a neat part of Belgium!

  • Muya's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2004 at 11:40 AM

    Great Mons page !!! Amazing job, Frau K ;-)

  • Mahieu's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2004 at 7:34 AM

    Chouettes photos! Mais je ne veux même pas m'imaginer comment elle les prend, si elle a vraiment bu :-)))

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