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Visit Wallonia

Wallonia is a semi-autonomous french-speaking region of Belgium.  Wallonia’s forests were originally settled by the Celts who were eventually conquered Julius Ceasar to become Gallo-Romans.    The 19th century European industrial revolution began in this region which possessed valuable coal deposits.  Wallonian wealth was created by coal mining and metal working that began in the 10th century.  Maybe this explains why there are hundreds of castles to explore.