7. Ardennes, Belgium

I arrived at the hotel first, checked in and walked up the road to see about exploring the river by kayak. The man in the rental office near the landing said it would take about an hour to float down the Semois from Chiny to Lacuisine, where he'd pick me up in a truck. So I clambered into a bright yellow plastic kayak and set off, hoping I wouldn't encounter any Class IV rapids.<br>
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As it turns out, the Semois is about as savage as the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="12014002" title="Easter" href="/topic/religion-belief/easter-12014002.topic">Easter</a> bunny. Once, a vicious-looking Belgian watchdog barked at me from the bank, and raindrops occasionally splattered from an overcast sky. A heron swooped over the river, and two fishermen wished me bon journée. In my kayak, I felt like a yellow leaf drifting along with the current.<br>
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( Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times )

I arrived at the hotel first, checked in and walked up the road to see about exploring the river by kayak. The man in the rental office near the landing said it would take about an hour to float down the Semois from Chiny to Lacuisine, where he'd pick me up in a truck. So I clambered into a bright yellow plastic kayak and set off, hoping I wouldn't encounter any Class IV rapids.

As it turns out, the Semois is about as savage as the Easter bunny. Once, a vicious-looking Belgian watchdog barked at me from the bank, and raindrops occasionally splattered from an overcast sky. A heron swooped over the river, and two fishermen wished me bon journée. In my kayak, I felt like a yellow leaf drifting along with the current.

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