The Markt – Bruges Medieval Market Square

Bruges' Grote Markt

BRUGES MARKET SQUARE IS LINED WITH INTERESTING HISTORICAL BUILDINGS: The Markt, one of the two main squares in Bruges, has many attractions that visitors like us come to see. This open space is lined with attractive gabled houses, restaurants and the imposing Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace). Also on the Markt is the Belfort, an 83-metre […]

Ghent – Famous for its Mystic Lamb

Medieval Ghent

GHENT RIVALS BRUGES FOR ITS RICH TREASURY OF MEDIEVAL HERITAGE: With it’s quaint and medieval town centre made up of narrow canals, cobbled traffic-free streets and a fine castle and cathedral, Ghent (Gent in Dutch) is a very alluring place to visit, especially when it’s just a half hour train ride from Brussels. In the […]

World-Class Belgian Lace

Buying lace in Belgium

BELGIAN LACE IS ANOTHER OF THE COUNTRY’S FAMOUS EXPORTS: Belgium is famous for its chocolates and beers, but one important Belgian export which is perhaps not too well-publicised is Belgian lace. Belgium’s lacemakers have been a vital contributor to the country’s economy since the 12th century and if you’re interested in lace, Brussels and Bruges […]

A Visit to Orval, Famous for its Trappist Beer

Orval Beer

THE ORVAL BREWERY IS ONE OF THE TEN TRAPPIST BREWERIES IN EXISTENCE: From Dinant, we travelled south, taking the pretty country roads of the Semois Valley to Orval. Orval is of course famous for its Trappist beer and this visit was going to be one of the highlights of Tony’s Belgium visit. He’ll happily admit […]

A Visit to the Waterloo Battlefield

Waterloo Battlefield

AT THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, NAPOLEON WAS FINALLY DEFEATED IN 1815: For anyone with a passion for history, a trip out to the Waterloo Battlefield is an opportunity to learn more about this famous battle almost 200 years ago. The Battle of Waterloo was fought at a site about 13 kms south of Brussels. It […]

Cafedraal Restaurant in Bruges

Cafedraal Restaurant, Bruges

FINE-DINING IN BRUGES AT THE CAFEDRAAL RESTAURANT: For one of our dinners in Bruges, we tossed up between the Cafedraal Restaurant and La Belle Epoque. Both these restaurants are within walking distance to the NH Hotel where we were staying. Not knowing anything about either restaurant, we chose Cafedraal as the menu looked interesting. Cafedraal […]

How Antwerp Got its Name – The Antigoon Giant Legend

Antwerp Grote Markt

ANTWERP’S BRABO FOUNTAIN TELLS THE ANTIGOON GIANT LEGEND: When you visit the Grote Markt (main square) in Antwerp, the Brabo Fountain in the centre stands out. In front of the Town Hall (Stadhuis), the fountain includes a statue which, according to a legend, explains how the city of Antwerp got its name. The statue shows […]