A Visit to Orval, Famous for its Orval Trappist Beer

Orval Trappist 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 … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Waterloo Battlefield

Lion Mound

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 … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Brussels Hôtel de Ville

Brussels Hotel 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 … [Read more...]

Atomium – A Futuristic Brussels Icon

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 … [Read more...]

Musée de la Publicité – A Paris Museum of Advertising

Les Arts Decoratifs

UNUSUAL PARIS MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES - MUSEE DE LA PUBLICITE: If you’re into old advertising posters, the Musée de la Publicité has them in spades! In this museum of advertising history there are over 100,000 posters - about 50,000 French and foreign period posters covering a period from … [Read more...]

Musée Carnavalet – A Superb Paris History Museum

Musée Carnavalet

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries: Musée Carnavalet The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine are some of the iconic attractions that most visitors head for when they arrive in Paris. However, if you want to get an appreciation of the history of Paris, from the … [Read more...]