Mardasson Memorial – A Tribute to Their American Liberators

Mardasson Memorial

MARDASSON MEMORIAL REMEMBERS THE AMERICAN SACRIFICE IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE: North-east of the town of Bastogne is the Mardasson Memorial, a star-shaped monument commemorating the American soldiers who died or were injured in the Siege of Bastogne during the Second World War. Built as a … [Read more...]

Halles Saint-Géry – A Covered Market Hall

Place Saint-Gery

HALLES SAINT-GERY WAS A COVERED MARKET BUILT AROUND A PYRAMID: In Place Saint-Gery, west of the Brussels Stock Exchange, is the Halles Saint-Gery, a covered market hall that was built in the 19th century. Halles Saint-Gery no longer functions as a covered market, but the building and the site … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

A Unique Visit to FloraHolland Aalsmeer

FloraHolland Auction Centre

AALSMEER IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS "THE FLOWER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD": On a recent trip to Amsterdam we visited the FloraHolland Auction Centre in Aalsmeer (Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer). FloraHolland is the largest flower auction centre in the world and they handle about 60% of the international … [Read more...]

A Visit to Orval, Famous for its 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...]