July 4, 2018

Long Live Flanders - Where there's mussels with fries - Where a chicken is spit-roasted - Where the church stands right in the middle of the village - Long Live Flanders - Where they can still praise the lord ... (© Raymond Van Het Groenewoud - Flemish singer-songwrite...

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

February 27, 2018

1) Today your train has a delay of 15 minutes.

Translation: if you’re lucky it’ll show up in about 30 to 45 minutes and on a different platform as announced.

2) Today your train has 5 carriages instead of 15.

Translation: watch how we squeeze passengers from 15 carriages...

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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