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Louise-Marie, Muziekbos, Boekzitting

These three names are the starting point of a mysterious journey through the past. The great painter Valerius De Saedeleer has immortalized this past in his paintings and in Herman Teirinck’s writing the “muziekbos” plays an important part:

“ The “Muziekberg”  (Music mountain) is uninhabited because no single road penetrates the darkness of its  wood. Its summit remains inaccessible. However, everybody  by us here knows, that at night the shadows are stacked high and to those who dare to look, the castle with its four towers becomes visible.”

Louise-marie

It could be that this name goes back to an inn that used to be here. Some think that Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife gave her name to this hamlet that used to belong to two provinces and five villages. Most likely the name of Louise Marie refers to Louise-Marie d’Orleans (the first queen of Belgium) who died in 1850. The parish itself was founded in 1851.

The Muziekbos/Muziekberg

“Muz” is a Gaelic word for “swamp”. There are indeed lots of wet spots here. The Romans who have left many traces in the area (among others: many tumuli), thought that the “Muzes”, the goddesses of the arts and sciences) abided on this mountain.

Who are we to disagree with Caesar?, although he wasn’t  such a welcome guest in this area.

Some romantic  souls claim that the “music” is created by the love game played  between the wind and the trees. You will notice that every explanation about the origins of the name, poses new questions...

The Boekzitting

The word “boek” is the old word for “beech”.  A centuries-old beech stood on this site until well into the seventies (Inside the restaurant you can see a photograph of this tree).  Judicial court was held on the site  by the beech (hence the name “zitting” which means “in session”).  On this very spot condemned criminals were forced to ponder their crimes on the pillory.
The woods here are alive with  stories, fairytales and legends. The werewolf features prominently in many of these tales. If you pay attention, you might find him here, but rest assured he has retired.

This place invites you to escape from the mad times we live in, to turn off  the buttons that hook you up to  mass communication and media and find a spot where you can find a piece of your very own history.

Enjoy.