See Magnificent Views of Bruges from its Belfry

Aerial view of Bruges

ON TOP OF ITS SPECTACULAR VIEWS, THE BELFRY OF BRUGES HOLDS SOME MEDIEVAL TREASURES: The Belfry of Bruges or Belfort is not the tallest building in Bruges but it is certainly one of its most dominant and important landmarks. The Belfort towers over the Grote Markt (Bruges’ market square) and from the top of this […]

Beautiful Buildings and Holy Blood in Bruges’ Burg Square

The Burg

THE BURG SQUARE IN BRUGES WAS AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS CENTRE: The Burg, the other main square in Bruges is just off the east side of the Grote Markt. From the Markt, we took an easy stroll along Breidelstraat (next to the post office) to arrive at the Burg (fortress). Although there is no […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]