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May 28, 2019

In April we finally came around to visiting a couple of dear friends from our days in Beirut - Lebanon. So under an unbelievably glorious April sun we drove North to De Bult where Marjolijn and Jan-Willem live. De Bult is situated at the crossroads of several Dutch Pro...

May 2, 2019

First something about the current wave of terror of the eco-fascists.  Do I think that we have to treat our environment better than we do now ? Of course I do. Do I make an effort in my personal life ? Of course I do. But do any of you ecological gestapos think I feel...

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...

October 8, 2018

As most of my friends know I have a very low boredom threshold (oh and I don’t do small-talk). So after a year in Belgium I’m quickly running out of exceptional places to see or things to visit. In fact all that remains is the area around the Yzer valley where we would...

June 1, 2018

The Gileppe dam in Jalhay.

This is a nice place to spend a few hours and even a few days in the region (High Fens, Eastern Belgium/Eifel).

There's a clean and safe parking next to the 77 m high tower where you can have a panoramic view over the area and the dam.
And for...

May 24, 2018

Maybe this is a step then in the right direction: a transparent church building. 3O Tons of steel went into this quirky artwork, aptly named “reading between the lines” and sitting on a hill in Borgloon.
Depending on the perspective of the viewer, the church is either...

April 16, 2018

Fallais Castle, locally known as Château de Fallais, lies in the village of the same name, in the province of Liège in the Wallonia region in Belgium. Its history goes way back to the 11th century.
Fallais Castle is a moated, square, lowland castle with round corner to...

January 26, 2018

In 1874 King Leopold II of Belgium built a giant castle in Houyet (Ardennes region). The castle was used as a luxury hotel and a holiday destination for the international jet-set. A railway station in the corner of the park made the remote castle accessible to the King...

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...

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Loving to travel around the world, we both started working for Belgian Foreign Affairs back in 1991. That was the beginning of more than two, going on three decades of discovering foreign countries and cultures.

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