March 28, 2019

First the Bastogne War Museum.

On one of the first nice & sunny days in an otherwise gloomy and rainy month of March we finally decided to visit the recently renovated Bastogne War Museum.

Do you think 80 million people killed in WWII is glorious? Well, you should visi...

January 17, 2019

Certainly true for us now that we’re back in Belgium. But you should remember that we were stationed abroad for the past 26 years. So for us most of Belgium had to be (re)discovered. We’ve been in Belgium for a little more than 1 year now, and traveled around quite a l...

August 16, 2018

Belgium has been the battleground of Europe since as far back as the Roman Empire as it had no natural protection from its big neighboring countries.

On top of that the Belgian territory is almost completely void of natural obstacles. The rivers facilitate the transport...

May 24, 2018

The history of the Hasselt Japanese gardens starts in 1985, when the city of Hasselt and the Japanese city of Itami signed a friendship charter, thus becoming sister cities.
At the request of the city of Itami, who sought a permanent symbolic presence of both cultures...

April 16, 2018

This is really a fantastic place to spend a very relaxing day, picnic or eat in one of the inns or taverns.

March 9, 2018

Before anything else first this service announcement: don't make the same stupid mistake we made: visit the Town Hall and not step inside the 15th Century Saint Peter's Church just opposite the Town Hall. This church houses the only painting by a Flemish Primitive stil...

December 31, 2017

Perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop overlooking the pretty village of Celles, the Castle of Vêves is a fairy-tale (Sleeping Beauty) turreted castle dating back to Pepin of Herstal (AD 670-714)
From the 12th century on, the story of the castellany of Celles-Vêves is...

September 28, 2017

I love the sound of pounding water. Wether it’s the waves, a waterfall or a fountain. 

Ten generations of the “de Montpellier” family, whose roots go back to the middle of the fifteenth century, have contributed to create this gem in a beautiful and lush green vall...

January 15, 2017

Ambiorix’s resistance made Caesar pronounce his famous line: "Of the Gauls, the Belgae are the bravest." Which didn’t please the French one bit, and which is why they sent Asterix, Obelix, Dogmatix and Vitalstatistix to Belgium because they were angry with Ca...

October 29, 2016

For the unaware amongst you: the term "Belgian compromise" applies to solutions reached as follows : extremely complex issues are settled by conceding something to every party. The resulting agreements often leave room for free interpretation due to their com...

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