Belgium Favorites

  • Already in 1915 Ieper was unrecognisably damaged
    Already in 1915 Ieper was unrecognisably...
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    Train Station in Brugge
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    Korenlei building details
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Belgium Favorites

  • Grand' Place & guild houses

    Brussels Favorites

    I use to say that this square is the most beautiful that I know. Great proportions well balanced and harmonized buildings, precious details. The only sad thing was its dark look. You may imagine my pleasure when I saw that the buildings are being cleaned, and the white stone is now shining almost as much as the shining gold in some facades. Well...

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  • Walk or relax around the City

    Brugge Favorites

    Bruges is a very easy and compact city to navigate on foot. From the moment we left the train station we walked and explored Bruges on foot even though it was a bit cold and raining, which of course never stops me from exploring a beautiful city like Bruges.

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  • Meir area

    Antwerp Favorites

    The David Teniers statue stands just off the Frankrijklei in between the Keyserlei and the Meir. Daid was a famous painter (1610-1690) and he made several hundreds of paintains. Farmer landscapes are amongst the best-known by his hand.

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  • Down on the Beach

    Oostende Favorites

    It's not exactly the French Riviera, but the beach in Oostende is a wide and sandy place that on a sunny day, could be quite enjoyable. However, this is the North Sea, so you can expect cold water and gusty winds at any time throughout the year.

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  • History of Ieper

    Ieper Favorites

    A folder was passed down to my brother and I from my father and in turn from his father, Col. Ernest Edward Gawthorn, OBE. Col Gawthorn served with the Royal Engineers and was based for some time at Weisbaden in the British occupied Rhineland, Germany, in post World War One. He was within the Postal Division of the Royal Engineers. He joined the...

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  • Tours & Walks

    Brussels Favorites

    Leaving the Gare du Nord on the first day of my first visit in Brussels I was excited to see everything. There was one sight I would never have expected in a million years, but it drew me back. Just to make sure. Looking out the window of the car I saw something different--from anything I'd ever seen in the USA, even at the movies--a mannequin in...

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  • Churches/ Cathedrals.

    Brugge Favorites

    Still in the second chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, Hugues Viane goes into the Church of Our Lady, (in Flemish Vrouwkerk, in French Notre-Dame), where he spends some time thinking about death (what else?) and gazing in quiet despair at the tombs of Charles le Téméraire (1433-1477) and his daughter Marie de Bourgogne (1457–1482). He emerges from the...

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  • Along the river Schelde, right and left...

    Antwerp Favorites

    The river Schelde ... it was the first thing I saw in the mornings and the last thing I saw before I went to bed because I was so lucky to live right at the river Schelde with a terrific view over the river. Waking up in the morning and hearing a boat or a big ship passing by are some of my best memories. I was living right under the roof in the...

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  • Fish Market

    Oostende Favorites

    Night and day the 'VISSERSKAAI' is a wonderful place to walk and let your eyes feast on what is going on there.......and believe me there is a lot to be seen. Strolling around can be so very rewarding and....never forget your camera! having breakfast/luncheon/dinner/tea someplace on the boulevard, where you can let your eyes travel to the...

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  • Menin Gate

    Ieper Favorites

    The Menin Gate is a Memorial and record of the more than 54 000 men that lost they're lives in the Ieper Salient up to 1917 and have NO KNOWN burial location. Those that were lost after 1917 and have NO KNOWN burial location,approximately 12000, are listed on the Memorial at Tynne Cott Cemetery.In addition to these two memorials the men of New...

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  • Chocolate, Waffles & Fries

    Brussels Favorites

    Genuine Belgians use the word PRALINES for what is called "chocolates" by tourists. If outside the touristic centres you ask for chocolate you will get a bar of chocolate. The production of pralines in Belgium is now in hands of a number of companies who have industrialized the process what does, fortunately, not mean that quality has diminished....

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  • Medieval Architecture .

    Brugge Favorites

    The gingerbread/candy-looking houses are unique in the world. The city is like from a fairy tale. The canals - like a mini-Venice. Very good athmosphere. Good beer. The athmosphere, the nice people, the Belgian HUGE variety of different (good) beers, the town that is so beautiful that it made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale....

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  • Cathedral/Kathedraal

    Antwerp Favorites

    This is something you can do in most churches and cathedrals, all right. But I usually never do it, and I don't know why, I felt so good inside this magnificent temple that I decided to light one. It's always good to stop to meditate for a while in the middle of all the sightseeing and photos rush :)

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  • Harbour / Docks

    Oostende Favorites

    Ostend is 'The City on the Sea'. It became popular just before the 1900's and a lot of the architecture reflects this. Ostend has literally everything - its own beaches, a world famous casino and racecourse, and outstanding shopping. Nightlife, as you would expect in a major resort and city, is excellent - many bars close when the last person has...

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  • War Memorials/Military Cemeteries

    Ieper Favorites

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains over a million war graves as well as hundreds of memorials honouring the 750,000 war dead who have no known grave. An important task of the CWGC is to keep the inscriptions on headstones and memorials legible. The commission has set criteria for the legibility: the inscriptions should be legible at a...

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  • Atomium & Heyzel area

    Brussels Favorites

    The Autonium close up, gives you an idea how big the structure really is. I'm not sure just how far out of the city this place is located. I went there by car with a friend who wanted me to see it. Don't remember how long it took to get there, because I saw so many interesting things along the way. I had never heard of it before and was...

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  • Canals/Bridges .

    Brugge Favorites

    In the first chapter of Bruges-la-Morte we learn that the widower Hugues Viane lives on the Quai du Rosaire, which in Dutch is the Rozenhoedkaai and in English the Quay of the Rosary. The author doesn’t say which house it was, but since there are only seven houses on the Rozenhoedkaai it must have been one of those in the photos. In the...

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  • Grote Markt / Big Market square

    Antwerp Favorites

    Unfortunately, the GUILD HOUSES are not all original. In 1576 a large part of the Grote Markt burned down. Hans Vredeman, the town architect was instrumental in rebuilding these magnificent houses, in Flemish Renaissance style.

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  • City Tours

    Oostende Favorites

    ride the KUSTTRAM all along the coast.......a joy to do, time and again...... The person that sells the tickets can tell you everything about the many possibilities and there are many!! This is a hop on - hop off experience not to be missed. The lengths is 100 km.......and there is a stop at every seaside resort.... So start...

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  • Manneken Pis

    Brussels Favorites

    That a small statue of a peeing boy became the touristic icon of my city shows that we Brusseleirs appreciate self derision. Can you imagine such a statue as symbol of Paris, Rome, New York or London! We actually don't know from were came the idea of building a fountain with the water streaming out a pipi, zizi or as used in Brussels and Brabant...

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  • Statues and Friezes

    Brugge Favorites

    North and East of the center of Brugge on the way to the windmills, you might happen across two lovers in the middle of an argument. He is appealing to anyone who will listen, steadfast in his knowledge that he is correct. She is brooding, going over the argument again and again in her head wondering why he can’t see reason. Don’t come between...

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  • Groenplaats (Green square)

    Antwerp Favorites

    Groenplaats, or `green square' is Antwerps city centre. The name referes to the cemetary of the cathedral that used to be there in medieval times, and was enbordered with little trees and greenery. The cemetary was removed in the 17th century, by the then emperor of Austria, since it was considered unhygenic to have cymetaries in city...

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  • Statues / Monuments

    Oostende Favorites

    On the Vissersplein (Fisherman's square), you see 'De Eeuwige Toeschouwer' (The Eternal Spectator) and are from the hand of the sculptor Bernhart Vandenberghe. The statue unveiled for public on 24 June 2000. As you can see on our model Pollon (Chiara), nice pictures can be taken here ;-)

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  • Museums

    Brussels Favorites

    The Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels is one of the best paint museums in Europe. One has to distinguish museums showing paintings of various periods or schools and museums devoted to a specific period or specific schools of art. In the first category of "general" museums my preferences go to: Rank 1: The National Gallery, London. Le...

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  • Het Minnewater /Love lake .

    Brugge Favorites

    The eighth chapter of Bruges-la-Morte is the only chapter that is not told from the point of view of Hugues Viane. Rather, we follow his middle-aged Flemish housekeeper, Barbe, as she makes use of a rare free day to visit a relative who lives at the Béguinage. She walks to the Béguinage by way of the Minnewater, the Lake of Love (or ‘Lake Which...

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  • Miscellaneous tips, walks, general info

    Antwerp Favorites

    Antwerp map Tourist Info Antwerpen weather Antwerpen links Antwerpen start page

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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    Oostende Favorites

    when you arrive in oostende you can see the twin towers of this impressive church. this neogothical church was built in 1904-1905. the use of sandstone sets it apart from other churches in the province of west-flanders that are mostly entirely built with bricks. inside the church is the mausoleum for belgium's first queen louise-marie who died in...

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  • Estaminets & Beers

    Brussels Favorites

    We found several nice bars in the vicinity of the Grand Place and for so touristy an area didn’t think the prices were over-inflated. One we particularly liked was La Faucon to the east of the square, where we enjoyed a post-dinner coffee and guenever. Another was the Mannekin Taverne – confusingly not very near the Mannekin Pis but to the north...

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  • City Square/ Grote Markt

    Brugge Favorites

    In the third chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, Hugues Viane spends a week stalking the streets of Brugge, looking in vain for the young woman who resembles his dead wife. After a week, he finally catches sight of her again and follows her through some parts of the city that he normally avoided on his solitary walks, starting with the Grand’Place,...

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  • Parks, greenery, botanical garden

    Antwerp Favorites

    I discovered it in mid-October when with Dannie and Peter, I was on the rehearsal tour of our meeting that took place on Nov.2. haha.. looks like a serious organization, eh? It was a nice and quiet place to wander, looking at flora species. It seems to be an off beat place that even locals tend to forget. What's in there? would you say. Local...

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  • Albert I Promenade

    Oostende Favorites

    THE PROMENADE : In Ostende, the promenade, named after King Albert I, is the sunniest part. It would be a sin to leave Ostende without taking a walk on the traffic-free promenade. Our late King Leopold II and his family gave us the example to follow. Next to the many tearooms with terraces there is also a sandy beach. During the Summer there’s a...

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  • Cinquantenaire & museums

    Brussels Favorites

    Brussels has one of the best military museums in Europe. As I was born just before WW II in a country which was twice in the centre of the cyclone I learned already as a child what war looks like. Having heard the sound of V1 flying over Brussels or the roaring squadrons of Flying Fortresses high in the sky I wanted to know more about that war and...

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  • Canal Boat Tours/ other Tours.

    Brugge Favorites

    Brugge-the old city can be seen by walking in 2-3 days. I am an artist, so for me just walking around the city was a favorite past time. In Bruges, there isn’t much difference between the street and sidewalk; everything is cobblestone. It’s a small quaint town with a very “old world” feel. On every street and alley, there was a picture to be taken....

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  • Museum: Het Steen/National Maritime...

    Antwerp Favorites

    And here is a picture of that same castle! In front of it you can see the statue of Lange Wapper (Long John) a figure of one of Antwerp's legends It was fun how we both waited the moment the air turned darker and the light turned more and more orange. It was nice viewing that change of light.

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  • Mercator

    Oostende Favorites

    At the occasion of "Oostende voor Anker" many fans of sailing and "flipping" meet each other.A highlight is definately visiting "The Mercator" - Flag ship of the Belgian Marines This three-master builded in 1931 - cost about 75.000 euro that time-and weight about 800 tons. It was used by the belgian Navy until 1960 - as from that date it serves as...

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  • Parcs & Gardens

    Brussels Favorites

    De Kleine Zavel/Le Petit Sablon (it's the real name; in Flemish and French languages) was originally a horse market. In 1890 it was turned into a garden. It is surrounded by 48 statues representing the Medieval guilds of Brussels. In the center of the square you can see a statue of the counts of Egmont and Hoorne who were excecuted at the Grand...

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  • Belfry Tower/ Belfort .

    Brugge Favorites

    In the third chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, the Belfort Tower or Belfry of Bruges is described as being “immense and black, defending itself against the invading night with the golden shield of its dial.” This bell tower is known in Flemish as Halle en Belfort and in French as La Tour des Halles. It is at least 83 meters tall (88 meters according...

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  • Tourist information office

    Antwerp Favorites

    here you can find all kinds of information on antwerp and make reservation for guided tours in the city. Also you can buy good guide books from this place fot cheap prices. grote markt , 2000 Antwerpen

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  • Leopold Park

    Oostende Favorites

    In Leopold Park, you can admire this beautiful flower clock. It’s flowerbed have a diameter of 9 meters and the big brass pointer (4 meters) covered with gold foil weight 90 kg, the small pointer (3 meters) 70 kg. The clock dates from 1748 and every year the city plant about 15.000 flowers on it. It is a real masterpiece.

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  • Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

    Brussels Favorites

    Perhaps one of the most beautiful shopping arcades I have ever seen is the GALERIES ROYALES ST. HUBERT. Construction began on this arcade in 1846 and was inaugurated on June 20, 1847 by King Leopold. The main passage is 213 meters long. The Galleries are divided into 3 parts - Queen's Gallery - King's Gallery - Prince's Gallery. Here you will find...

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  • City Stores

    Brugge Favorites

    There are chocolate shops all over Brugge. Be sure to load up because once you start sampling them you won't be able to stop! I was also suprised by how cheap the chocolates were! You get your euros worth!

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  • Events & (VT) meetings

    Antwerp Favorites

    ..This photo also has some special memory for me...We were at this Fun Park in Antwerp, with lots of merry-go-rounds, full of people with their lovers & kids, people selling fun things, ...etc. We took some rides & they gave us headaches !...but it was so addictive, the rides ..not the headaches... Me posing for the camera before taking another...

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  • Cathédrale St Michel & Gudule

    Brussels Favorites

    There has been a church on this site since the 11th century. Work began on this Gothic Cathedral in 1225 and continued over a period of 300 years. The 2 front towers werte completed at the beginning of the 16th century. The Cathedral is made of sandy limestone brought from local quarries. Fully restored and cleaned in the 1990s it now looks...

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  • Lace making

    Brugge Favorites

    I couldn't believe how fast she was moving and seemingly not making any progress....its such a time consuming and intricate endeavor....making a lace something or other... : O ] I'm the WRONG person to ask...all I know is that whatever she was making it was tiny ? I stumbled across this lovely woman just down the street from the "Church of our...

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  • special events

    Antwerp Favorites

    The Boerentoren in love? The citypoet Tom Lanoye wrote a love poem in which the Boerentoren declares its love for the cathedral. The poem is hanging from the Boerentoren untill the end of the event in april 2005. The Boerentoren is supposed to be the young ponderous man who is declaring its love to the old graceful lady the cathedral. But that is...

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