Provincie West-Vlaanderen Local Customs

  • Poppies at Menin Gate Memorial.
    Poppies at Menin Gate Memorial.
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  • Last Post on trumpets of the Ieper fire brigade
    Last Post on trumpets of the Ieper fire...
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  • Belgian Waffle
    Belgian Waffle
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Provincie West-Vlaanderen Local Customs

  • 2 languages are spoken Flemish and...

    Brugge Local Customs

    As a bilingual Belgian I never speak (or write) French in the Flemish part of Belgium, even if my interlocutor understands French, and I never speak Flemish in Wallonia. In Brussels I have the choice but will mainly speak French. By doing so I have the best chance for good business or private relations. For tourists in Brugge and more generally...

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  • Museums

    Oostende Local Customs

    THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. Different works of art from Ostend such as Ensor, Permeke, Spilliaert, Finch, De Clerck, etc.. there’s a large variety of works from Belgian masters from 1830 until 1914. Location : Wapenplein - 8400 Oostende

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  • Poppies

    Ieper Local Customs

    The sight of the poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, of the Canadian forces, to write a poem starting with: In Flanders’ Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, … He died in the last year of the war and never new the impact his poem caused. An American woman, Moina Michael started...

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  • Beers / Chocolates / Flemish Frites...

    Brugge Local Customs

    I would suggest to VT to stop using the term of "Flemish Frites" which is laughable because Belgians do not distinguish Flemish fritten from Walloon or Brussels frites!!! Even our Flemish or Walloon nationalists do not make such a distinction. On the other hand it is already a big progress that VT did not mention "French fries" as title. The...

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  • Last Post

    Ieper Local Customs

    The tradition of the final bugle call of the day signalling the end of the soldier's day dates back to the 17th century in the British Army. After the officer on duty had inspected the final sentry post, the bugle call of "Last Post" was sounded. This was the final warning that everyone should be back in their billets. The "Last Post" bugle call...

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  • Lace making a well known Belgian Art.

    Brugge Local Customs

    There are many ways to make lace. Needlepoint Lace is made with a needle and thread. It is very closely related to embroidery but the stitches are made without cloth underneath them. They are simply woven and twisted on each other and on loops of thread held by the lace-maker using fine buttonhole stitches. There is also Irish Lace which is made...

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  • Cat Parade

    Ieper Local Customs

    Cat haters must love the Kattenfestival which has it's origins in the 12th century when they would throw live cats from the Cloth Hall belfry, hope they hadn't cashed in on all of their 9 lives yet! Cats were thought to be evil spirits, I do too sometimes when they are hacking up hairballs on my carpet, and this ritual continued until the...

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  • Horse Carriage / Canal Tours / Cultural...

    Brugge Local Customs

    these wildly popular canal-boat tours. It seems you can get a better view of things just by wandering around on your own, not being jammed into these longboats like sardines. But the guided-tour people, look at them, they've been told this is the thing to do so they line up for the canal boats like there's no tomorrow. No thank you!

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  • Museums / Architecture / Art / ...

    Brugge Local Customs

    “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” — Michelangelo (1475-1564) As a tribute to Micheleangelo’s “Madonna and Child,” which can be seen at...

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  • Paying at the Bar and tipping 10% is...

    Brugge Local Customs

    In a country where service is included in most bills, tipping is not a problem. Most people will not expect a tip. Possible exceptions are public toilets, where the attendant may expect a tip of 25 cents or so, and porter and maid service in the more expensive hotels. The citizens of Bruges and Ghent are open, friendly and patient. Most will say...

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  • Procession of the Holy Blood

    Brugge Local Customs

    The great procession of the Holy Blood held each Ascension Day, when the bishop of Bruges carry the relic of the Holy Blood through the streets of the city. The procession culminates with the veneration of the relic, which is a fragment of cloth with trace of the coagulated blood of Jesus Christ wiped from his body by Joseph of Arimathea....

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  • A cavalcade of arts.

    Brugge Local Customs

    Like lots of big cities, Bruges also has its share of street performers, representing a wide variety of artistic disciplines, ranging from singers over musicians and jugglers to mimes and such. A truly enjoyable experience....

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  • Playing cards for towels, sausages,...

    In the winter a lot of organisations (e.g. youth movements, fanfares, football clubs,...) in West-Vlaanderen organise card evenings ('kaartingen' in Dutch). The concept is that you play the game 'manillen' (easy to learn) in a team of two against another team of two. Each team puts in one coupon that you can buy from the organisers. The team that...

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  • Ter Duinen

    Welcomed by the hosts in this charming hotel along the Langerei canal I was pleased to see the hotel...

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  • Golden Tulip Bero Oostende

    Standard single : 57 EURO. Superior single : 62 EURO. Junior suite single : 85 EURO. Standard double...

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  • Hotel Ariane

    We stayed in hotel Ariane during a weekend in august 2006. Our room was located on the second floor,...

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  • Hotel Messeyne

    I have stayed two nights.Elegant hotel. Abosultely recommened. So close to centre ( 3 min by walking...

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  • Hotel Atlas

    Brusselaatraat 13-15, Zeebrugge, 8380, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Waldhotel zum Bergsee

    Wellenweg 6, Damme, 49401, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Du Commerce

    A two night stay here for us. Comfortable and clean rooms, a decent buffet breakfast included in the...

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  • Binnenhof Hotel

    Nellenslaan 156, Knokke-Heist, 8300, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Chamdor

    Robaardstraat 10, Roeselare, 8800, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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