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Rue Longue Vie 10, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
On returning home from an extended jaunt to Dakar I started to crave its traditional dishes of Mafe, Yassa, and grilled Lotte. Luckily, after a little searching in the Matonge district in Brussels, Belgium, I was able to fill such a void by...
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Rue Sainte-Catherine 34, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
I feel like I found the only good bakery in Brussels, located in the “unofficial” Chinatown near the Ste. Catherine neighborhood. Boulangerie Charli had me drooling the first time I walked passed its display window, full of rustic sandwiches,...
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Groentenmarkt 12, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Jenever is a juniper flavored liquor from which gin evolved. Today it’s only made in the Netherlands and Belgium and is a strong and popular drink. While the straight stuff may be a bit harsh, jenever bars also feature a wide range of flavored...
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1000 Brussels, Belgium
Manneken-Pis, a.k.a. Little Julien, a small bronze statue on the corner of Rue de l'Etuve and Rue des Grands Carmes, is visited by many tourists. They line up waiting to take a picture with him. It's sort of a right of passage for most travelers...
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Oude Markt, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Leuven, the capital of Vlaams-Brabant and situated a quick 20 minute train ride from Brussels, will welcome back its student population the third week of September, the start of the 2013-2014 academic year all around Belgium. Some of the...
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Rector De Somerplein 3, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Fonske is the unofficial mascot of KU Leuven, pouring knowledge into his head one beer at a time. Leuven, a picturesque university town, is a quick 15 minute train ride from Brussels and makes for a perfect place to escape the bustle of busy...
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Chimay, Belgium
Chimay is one of the 6 Trappist beers in Belgium. If you go to the monastery do stop at the restaurant, situated about 1-2 miles before the monastery, as they serve some great steak made with Chimay beer sauce, Chimay cheeses and of course Chimay...
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Orval 1, 6823 Florenville, Belgium
You cannot visit the current Orval Abbey but for a small fee you can visit the Orval Abbey ruins. By the 12th century, this Cistercian abbey isolated in the Gaume Forest had become one of the most famous and richest in Europe. After a film on...
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Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper, Belgium
We decided one weekend to go to Ypres to see the war memorials and cemeteries and did some research about it, and it looked great as far as architecture goes but when we got there is was just amazing. I new the Cloth Hall will be impressive but to...