A Visit to Orval, Famous for its Orval 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 […]

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 […]

Orval Abbey – Famous for its Trappist Beer

Orval monastery

ORVAL ABBEY IS AN IMPRESSIVE CISTERCIAN MONASTERY IN THE GAUME REGION: Mention Orval, and beer lovers will immediately think of the prized Trappist beer. The Orval Abbey may be famous the world over for its beer, but the Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame d’Orval) site itself is an impressive place as we discovered during our visit. Orval […]

The Magnificent Brussels Hôtel de Ville

Brussels Hôtel de Ville

BRUSSELS’ HOTEL DE VILLE IS THE MOST MAGNIFICENT BUILDING ON THE GRAND PLACE: There are many great buildings on Brussels’ Grand Place, but none beats the magnificence of the Hôtel de Ville (Brussels Town Hall or Stadhuis in Dutch). This Gothic building from the Middle Ages is one of Belgium’s finest civic buildings. Amongst its […]

Atomium – A Futuristic Brussels Icon

Brussels Atomium

BUILT FOR EXPO 58, THE ATOMIUM IS JUST AS POPULAR TODAY: One of the more unique landmarks of Brussels is the Atomium, a 102-metre high steel-clad structure that marks the city’s skyline. The Atomium represents the atoms of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times over. Made up of nine spheres interconnected by large tubes, […]

Manneken-Pis – A Bemusing National Treasure

Manneken-Pis

MANNEKEN-PIS IS ONE OF THE FAMOUS LANDMARKS IN BRUSSELS: Visitors may find it bemusing that a bronze statue of a little boy peeing into a fountain basin should be a national treasure for any capital city. Yet the Manneken-Pis in the centre of Brussels is one of the famous statues in the Belgian capital and […]

Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) – A Mecca for Fine Arts

Salle Henri Le Boeuf © BOZAR/Jérôme Latteur

Palais des Beaux-Arts, or Bozar, Is A Multi-discipline Art Centre under the One Roof: Playing a key role in the cultural life of Brussels for over 70 year, the Palais des Beaux-Arts is a mecca for the city’s music and dance and also the home to the Belgian National Orchestra. The Palais des Beaux-Arts owes […]

Belgian Chocolate Walking Tours

Brussels' Grand Place

Discover Belgium’s Heavenly Chocolates on a Chocolate Walking Tour: You don’t have to be a chocoholic to know that Belgian chocolates taste really good and in this country, you can’t escape chocolates! There are more than 2,000 chocolate shops throughout Belgium and this small country produces 172,000 tons of chocolate each year. If you’re interested […]