December 22, 2017

The Castle Miranda (aka Château Noisy) was built in 1866 as a summer residence for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family, (also owning the Castle of Vêves) and has had various destinations over the years. It is also known as Noisy House when it still served as an orphanage.
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October 16, 2017

Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term so I left Lebanon after 4 years (© Tom Fletcher ex-UK ambassador to Beirut) Having left Lebanon a few months ago and with the benefit of hindsight and some healthy distance from the country, I think it’s time to write...

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...

September 16, 2017

Every year in September the tiny and never before heard-of village of Borlo (South Limburg) becomes the scene of fierce fighting between the US and Nazi-German troops. 

The second weekend of September they commemorate at this very spot the liberation from the Nazi-Germa...

August 13, 2017

Today we set out on our first bike trip after relocating back to Belgium. We chose to start in Leopoldsburg and follow the Beverlo canal towards the ‘Blauwe Kei’ (Blue Bolder) in Lommel. It’s only about 40 Km in total but easily one of the most beautiful and serene tri...

July 6, 2017

Dear all,

It’s almost that time of the year again. The time of the year when this weird and foreign visiting bird, the Homo Diplodocus Vulgaris (or your common, garden variety diplomat) starts to migrate. Usually the Homo Diplodocus Vulgaris tries to migrate from farawa...

May 1, 2017

During our four year stay in Beirut we came upon some impressive and tought provoking pieces of street art. In this gallery you will find some of the finest examples we discovered. Unfortunately some of the most beautiful works of street art have been destroyed or vand...

April 14, 2017

Nobody in this story, and no country or continent, thank God, is based upon an actual person or country or continent in the real world. But I can tell you this: as my journey through the diplomatic jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with reality,...

April 7, 2017

This blog is based on fact. Any similarity with fictitious events or characters is purely coincidental. All events described herein actually happened, though on occasion the author has taken certain, very small, liberties with chronology, because that is his right as a...

April 2, 2017

The characters and events in this blog are fictitious. Any apparent similarity to real persons, countries or continents is not intended by the author and is either a coincidence or the product of your own troubled imagination.

You are the fourth Secretary and Consu...

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