As regional towns in Wallonia go, Tournai is distinctly lovely. Located on the Scheldt River, just 10km from the French border and 80km from Brussels, its air is noticeably French and it offers a horde of great museums plus one of the country’s most favorable cathedrals. Together with Tongeren in Flanders, Tournai rates as Belgium’s oldest city. The history is as cherub as Belgium’s – the counts of Flanders as well as the French, English, Spanish and Austrians have all showcased in ruling it over the centuries. In the 5th century it was the comparatively short-lived capital of the Merovingians, a Frankish empire that reigned in France.