|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$33.90|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$2.17|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$6.78|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$203.39|
|Loaf of white bread||$2.03|
Mons, though being Hainaut Province’s capital, is regarded as Wallonia’s cultural capital and is situated in southwest Belgium. The British may associate it with the First World War but it has witnessed many more battles. It is known for its rich cultural heritage. Deeply rooted in tradition, people here celebrate “Le Car d'Or” and “Lumeçon” in all its festive glory and strictly as per customs and traditions. Major tourist attraction is the house where Van Gogh lived before he shifted to Provence. Mons can be the ideal holiday destination if you wish to explore some unique tourist spots. Book your tickets in advance as there are numerous cheap flights to Mons. It is served by the Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
Among the popular tourist hot spots, there is the Town Hall constructed in Gothic style between the years 1458 and 1477 and having a distinct resemblance to the Collegiate Church of Saint Waudru. The reception chambers are very interesting. The Mayor’s Chamber is really a treasure trove as it has a mind-blowing collection of masterpieces from the highly talented Mons silversmiths and some invaluable 17th century tapestries gifted by Louis XIV post 1691 siege. There is a sprawling Mayor’s garden that is known for its picturesque beauty and the "Ropieur" fountain in bronze, depicting a young fellow from the town. The Belfry, often fondly referred to as “El Catiau”, is 270 feet high. It has Bray sandstone walls and blue stone pillars, pilasters and embellishments. Classically decorated, it features in the list of UNESCO’s "World Heritage of Humanity". These wonderful architectural masterpieces are definitely worth booking cheap flights to Mons for.
Another remarkable architectural masterpiece is the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru built between the fifteenth and seventeenth century in Brabant’s gothic style. It flaunts some magnificent alabaster statues sculpted by the famous Jacques Du Broeucq. Its treasury boasts of some of the finest collections of Belgian gold and silverware. Decorative Arts Museum François Duesberg has a unique and esteemed collection of clocks, gilded bronzes, crockery, porcelain, gold and silverware. Eating out would certainly be a pleasurable experience as there is a multitude of cafes and restaurants offering authentic cuisines. Come and stay in one of the fine hotels in Mons and spend a rejuvenating weekend here.