The museum at the battlefield has regularly scheduled re-enactments of what an infantry soldier shooting his musket and charging with fixed bayonet is all about. At first I thought it was kind of hokey, then about 10 guys, new volunteers to this re-enactment charade went through their paces, managed by an experienced leader. Even with only 10 guys,...more
Route du Lion 367-369, Butte du Lion, Waterloo, B-1410, Belgium
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
You can pick up the W Bus operated by TEC and take the 11 mile trip South to Waterloo. I picked up the all day ticket so I could get on and off the bus, as your first stop should be the tourist information office in Waterloo (very helpful folks), where you can buy your ticket for the Wellington Museum across the street, and Butte, panorama, wax...more
This is a well organised museum, hosted in an award-winning architectural setting. The visit with audio guide is user-friendly and very good value for money. You can easily spend a few hours here. To finish your visit, there are good facilities, such as a museum shop, a spacious lobby where you can take a rest, or a restaurant. An absolute must for...more
Boulevard de Lauzelle 61, Louvain La Neuve, Waterloo, Brabant Wallon, 1348, Belgium
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Conveniently located in the famous Hotel Château du Lac, you can enjoy the beautiful surrounding only a short drive away from Brussels. Certified multi-lingual instructors plan your individual fitness program to be both safe and effective. You can relax your muscles naturally in the Jacuzzi hot whirlpool, or visit the Finnish sauna and the pool.more
I did not stayed in this hotel yet, only experienced the perfect cuisine. First impression was good,...more
A new modern art gallery just opened in a beautiful surroundings. Modern paintings, sculptures, jewels and glassworks are there for your pleasure.My preference goes to the outside metal sculptures. And yours ?http://www.eidercreation.com/medias/expos/capdart.htmlSummer opening hoursThursday - friday - saturday from 2 pm until 6 pmSunday from 11 am...more
Jean-Michel Folon created in 2000 his Foundation in The Ferme du Château of La Hulpe, an ancient farm of the Solvay Domain, where he has housed 300 works. His watercolours, paintings, artefacts, sculptures, posters and illustrations invite you to make a trip through the 15 exhibition rooms, entering the book of his life.Jean-Michel died last 19 th...more
135 Chaussee de Bruxelles, La Hulpe, Brabant Wallon, 1310, Belgium
Good for: Business
Many different large and small shady pathways lead you into the Zoniën Forest.A good starting point is the "Bosmuseum" or Forest Museum along the Groenendael Cross and Duboislaan 6 in Hoeilaart, which has its own Arboretum.There are many different walks, all marked in different colours. Some lead you along the ponds, some along the ancient...more
In 2003 our Asslan v Haus Schiran was in his best condition. He won several competitions in Russia and was included in the Russia National team to take part in the World Championship IPO dog-training that was held in Wavre. Irina was happy and was working hard with Asslan to make a successful participation. But the Russian federation decided not to...more
Rue de La Wastinne 45, (formerly Novotel Wavre Bruxelles Est), Wavre, Brabant Wallon, 1301, Belgium
Good for: Solo
We had only an hour walk around the centre of the city.The Gothic-style church of St John the Baptist was built in 1475. Its main tower houses a 50-bell carillon. The city hall dates from the 18th century. It is housed in the former church of the Carmelites and features a cloistered courtyard. Since about 200 years ago, the Grand Tour, a religious...more
Abbaye de Villers la VilleThe abbey is regularly the framework of demonstrations and concerts in any kinds. Please consult the calendar of the demonstrations on Internet site:---oooOOOooo---L'abbaye est régulièrement le cadre de manifestations et concerts en tout genres.Veuillez consulter le calendrier des manifestations sur le site internet:...more
My old friend "Sint Jacques"Those which know me save that I have a “particular attraction for Saint-Jacob (of Compostelle, owner of the travellers!)And thus, everywhere where I pass, where I meet it, I cannot prevent me from taking it in foto!---oooOOOooo---Ceux qui me connaissent save que j'ai une "attirance particulière pour Saint-Jacques (de...more
BousvalIt is a splendid village with many fields. Noirhat is its residential district divided into two parts: that of quoted Haut-Noirhat and that of Bas-Noirhat (district with large gardens), noirhat étang/A noirhat pond there is chappelle. When one moves towards the center of the village one finds oneself close to a place or there is also a large...more
Here is a picture of the collegiale de Nivelles, the town where I live.The church was built in early Ottonian-romanesque style and consacreted in 1046 by WAZON, bishop of Liege, in the presence of the emperor Henry III. This large sanctuary is characterized by two transepts and two choirs, which is a specific structure of collegiale churches at the...more
Chaussee de Mons 22, Nivelles, 1400, Belgium
Good for: Solo
A delicious pie (quiche like) made with parsley, local fresh cow cheese and a type of salad-like vegetable (bette, or "d'jote" in Nivelles slang), and lots of butter! A must try!!! Do not forget a Jean de Nivelles or Chimay beer to go with it!A recipe in french can be found here Picture from http://dialogue.wallonie.be/05/Ctarte.htmmore
The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg is the largest Art Deco building in the world and the fifth largest church in the world.
Belgian King Leopold II was very passionate about the urban rejuvenation and expansion of his capital in Brussels and the development of the Koekelberg plateau was part of his grand plans. Impressed with the Sacre-Coeur of Paris he decided to build a great religous building at the end of the grand Boulevard Leopold II at the Elisabeth park. In October 1905 the first stone of the basilica was laid by the King. Due to interuptions caused by 2 world wars the building was not completed and consecrated until 1951 and by then a more challenging financial position had caused the plans to be substantially altered and so we have a building which although impressive in it's scale is not what could be called charming or beautiful.
The basilica is impressive from the outside and well worth a visit just for this, but the inside is a bit of a disappointment after the grand exterior. It's a bit plain and utilitarian and there isn't any of the charm and intimacy that often goes with the interior of churches of all sizes. Some of the stained glass windows are attractive however.
The Basilica is open from 8am to 6pm daily.
Rock Werchter is a pop and rock festival in Belgium. It takes place each summer in the village of Werchter, especially in the last weekend of June or the first of July. It is the largest of Belgium and one of the largest and most famous in the world. Formerly called Rock Werchter Torhout-Werchter, since it is a double festival was held annually...more
Le Bois des Rêves (The wood of Dreams) is 0.7 km2 large to enjoy:- Walking in splendid surroundings (14 km)- Playing (playground for children 0 till 13 years old) (max 1.00 EUR)- Refreshing in an outside pool and sunbathing on a beach (max 2.00 EUR)- Learning during an instructive walk with a guide or book- Angling in a pond (6 EUR/day)- Exercising...more
A nature walk booklet in English is available describing the sights of this lovely little village just outside Brussels, and south of Leuven. It describes a 5 km walk around the castle, the watermill, along the river and into the fields where you get outstanding views of the countryside. It even suggests a couple of places to eat and drink and tells you what the local beer is! I got my copy online from www.linxpublications.be but apparently they are also available in bookshops in Brussels.
The castle is very well preserved and richly decorated by the different owners. It has a nice park where you can walk around a long time, without paying anything. A nice walk! The castle is very nice. But if you are expecting a medieval castle forget about it. Its decoration is from much more later. The visit is about an hour long, the tapestries are worth the tour. The only thing that is sad is that your time in each of the rooms is limited by the presence of a guardian that doesn't explain a thing. You have to buy a pamphlet before starting the visit.