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Kammenstraat 81, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Imagine listening to classical music while surrounded by the art and architecture of a former Augustine monastery. At the AMUZ concert hall in Antwerp, Belgium, you can do just that. AMUZ is home to the Laus Polyphoniea concert series each summer....
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Groenplaats 21, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Just outside the Antwerp cathedral is a bench and plaque that commemorate the story A Dog of Flanders. The story, with some of it set in Antwerp, was not well known in Belgium (having been written by an Englishwoman). For some reason the Japanese...
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Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
Trains have been running through the Belgian city of Liege for 175 years now but the city has never seen anything like this new station. Opened in September 2009, this new station designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava replaced the one...
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Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
The new station in Belgium's 3rd largest city is made of glass and steel and white concrete and, to me, feels like a modern cathedral. I was last there in February 2013 and it was cold outside meaning, like in giant European cathedrals, it was...
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Kleine Nieuwedijkstraat 53, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
The army barracks have disappeared but the home of KV Mechelen is still there!
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, located on the River Meuse is the home of the Belgian first division team Standard Liege. Named after the chairman of the team when the stadium was built back in 1909, it is also nicknamed the Sclessin, because of the area...
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Enjoying a beer at the home of Standard Liege in Belgium. The league is called the Jupiler Pro League and is sponsored by the brewery that makes Jupiler.
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Stade Maurice Dufrasne also goes by the nickname "the Sclessin" because of being located in the Sclessin area of Liege on the River Meuse. The stadium is one of the biggest in Belgium, holding just over 30,000 fans.
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Olympialaan 74, 8200 Brugge, Belgium
I went up to the Belgium vs. Slovakia international friendly soccer game in the middle of the week for what turned out to be an exciting game... at times. The stadium, located just south of Bruges is the home of both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge...
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Rue de l'Abbaye 55, 1495 Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
Most people know some of Belgium's best beer is brewed by monks in abbeys. These abbeys are still active and thriving. However there are many ruined abbeys dotting the countryside. Villers Abbey is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric. The...
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Meir, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Antwerp, like the rest of Belgium, is full of friteries or frituurs. One of the best in this Flemish city is Frituur No. 1, located at #1 Hoogstraat, which is just a short walk from the main square.
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Melkmarkt 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
De Muze is a nice Belgian cafe that is popular with locals and just about everybody else who walks by and hears the jazz sliding out from under the door. The place is so popular that when we went in, there was not a table or chair that was free....
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Atletenstraat 80, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
At the Olympic Stadium in Antwerpen, where Beerschot AC plays, the fans love their beer. Although the Jupiler League and Jupiler being the best (marketed!) Belgian beer, it was great to NOT see it here but instead the Palm brand. The stadium is...
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Ooidonkdreef 9, 9800 Deinze, Belgium
A fortress originally built in the 1200s to protect the city of Gent, it had been destroyed a couple of times but rebuilt for the last time after it burned down in 1579. The castle, which is privately owned is opened to the public but only the...
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A 'cuppa joe' in Mons Belgium. The thing I love about stopping for a coffee in Belgium is that you never just get a coffee but more times than not, a side of a cookie or a piece of chocolate. The little things make the difference.
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Rue d'Havré 29, 7000 Mons, Belgium
"Imagine a giant coffee pot, with under it four smaller tea pots. It would be very ugly if it weren't that big," said the French author Victor Hugo. And it is big at 87 meters high and built on the highest point of the small city of Mons. The...
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Casteau, 7061 Soignies, Belgium
Nothing says Belgium more than "frites" or "french fries" as they're called in the USA. They should be renamed "belgian fries" because that's where they're from!
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Mons, 7000 Mons, Belgium
A friterie is to a Belgian is what McDonalds is to an American! Scattered around the country you often come across these friteries which sell as they main item "frites". They're also called "pommes frites" since they are made of potatoes. Just...
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Brandstraat 57, 2830 Willebroek, Belgium
Built in 1906 as one in a series of fortresses to defend the city of Antwerp, Fort Breendonk is located just over ten miles from the port city. After the Germans marched over Belgium during World War Two, they turned the fort into first a prison...
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De Panne, Belgium
On a recent trip up and down the Belgian coast, as the sun was setting on one of the beaches NOT in front of a town, I saw in the distance several horses and riders coming up the beach. When they passed, on the horizon a ship was also passing in...
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Boulevard Zoé Drion 19, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
If you know anything about Belgium, you'll know that the country is famous for beer, beer and comic books! While the capital city of Brussels boasts a comic book museum and comic character murals all over the city, the Walloonian city of Charleroi...
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Warmoezeniersweg 20, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Went over to Brugge the other day to see the ice sculptures and also had a walk through the city. The main square was lit up very nicely and there was an ice rink right in the center. The weather was cold but the atmosphere was poetic.
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Grand Bazar Shopping Center, Beddenstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Every time I sit down anywhere on a trip for a cup of coffee is always considererd a "highlight" by me. One of the best things to do is to stop, breathe and have a "cuppa joe" when out and about. On one of those stops, I found this tiny cafe and...
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Waterloo, Belgium
Just south of Brussels is the town that most people think is somewhere in England - Waterloo. This is the place where Napoleon got his short little bottom kicked by the British and Prussians almost 200 years ago. Waterloo is well worth the visit...
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1030 Schaerbeek, Belgium
Like most European cities, the old buildings now have to share the landscape with modern, sometimes highrise buildings. Brussels is no exception. The area just behind the Gare du Nord has many modern buildings continuously going up, as well as in...
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Brussels is considered to be the comic book capital of the world. Belgians love not only their own comic books and comic heros such as Lucky Luke, the Smurfs and the world famous TinTin, but also appreciate those from other parts of the world....
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Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
One of the "must visit" places in Brussels is A la Morte Subite, which is a cafe that dates back over a hundred years. It has that real "Brussels" & "Jacques Brel" feel to it. I remember the old days when there was lots of beer being poured and...
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Dinant, Belgium
One of my favorite places in Belgium is the town of Dinant, located in the Belgian Ardennes on the River Meuse. In the photo you can see the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame, which was re-built in the Gothic style after the original building was...
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5530 Spontin, Belgium
The Belgian Ardennes is full of nice surprises. One of them is this quaint chateau in the village of Spontin. The village itself is worth a stop just to experience a slice of Belgium.
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1380 Maison du-Roi, Belgium
Said to be the most beautiful square in the world, the Brussels Grand Place or Grote Markt (since it is in a Flemish city) is a 223 by 360 ft square located in "the heart of Europe". The square is at its best in the summer's when it is turned into...
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1495 Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
In 1146 a dozen monks and some lay brothers, with the blessings of St Bernard (not the dog!) headed to what is now Belgium and founded the abbey. It had been neglected and then revitalized during its second golden age in the 1800s where some of...
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Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Going here and seeing all the instruments of torture really sent shivers down my spine. Very cool to see but in a really creepy way, like the Human Body Exhibit :). From the top you get very nice views of Gent. Worth a visit if you are in Gent.
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Rue du Château 11, 7970 Beloeil, Belgium
We went there last Spring and loved it. At the time it was hosting a lilies exhibit so it was ornamented with the most beautiful lilies I had ever seen. I am not sure if it happens every year, I wish I would have asked...but exhibit or not this is...
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Bruges, Belgium
How can one not fall in love with Brugge? The architecture, the colors, the food, the chocolate! It is always such a pleasure to walk around, sit at a cafe or have a nice meal. We actually ate at Panier D'or and the food was excellent and the...
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Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
The famous battle didn't take place in Waterloo but in the area known as la Belle Alliance, which was quite an interesting name for the armies of the British, Dutch and Prussians that came together to defeat Napoleon. Field Marshall Blücher, the...
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Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
Today the area where this historic battle took place is relatively quiet. The only battles that take place are in the visitor's center on the movie screen in the auditorium and next door where the giant panorama picture of the battle is. Other...
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Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
Contrary to popular belief, the Battle of Waterloo took place in Belgium and not in England. The battle took place back on June 18th, 1815 and if most don't know who won, they at least know who lost. Every year the battle is celebrated but on...
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Grand Place 12, 7000 Mons, Belgium
Every year in the merry month of May you can find me in the main square in Mons partaking in the annual beerfest. Well, I say annual but really they tend to have impromptu beerfests there and about from time to time as well. Mons is in the south...
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Bruges, Belgium
I love this view of Brugges taken from my climb up the Belfry. The entire city is like a fairytale city. Yes there are a lot of tourists, but go for the lace, chocolates, beer. I've never seen such a pretty city before. It's an easy train ride...
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Mons, Belgium
Mons may not be as spectacular as Brussels or other cities in Belgium but it is very charming and worth a visit. The Grand Place is riddled with cafes, there are festivals all the time so even though it's small it offers lots of fun. Together with...
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Passendale, 8980 Zonnebeke, Belgium
Need I say more?! UPDATE: Yes... This photo is from the village of Passendale, which is best known for one of the fiercest battles in the First World War. In the main square, where there are just a couple of cafes, I spotted this sign for a very...
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8690 Herberg, Belgium
While in Passendale stopped off for something to eat and of course you don't eat in Belgium unless you have a beer to accompany it - except for breakfast. Westmalle is one of the Belgian trappist beers and is highly recommended.
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Avenue de Marathon 135, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
One of my favorite places in Brussels, mainly becuase I love soccer, is the King Baudouin Stadium. Although I have taken in several Belgian national team soccer games here (not to mention a Mexico vs. Italy game), the stadium is also used for...
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Waregem, 8790 Waregem, Belgium
With 16 soccer teams in the top division, there are plenty of very interesting stadiums throughout the Kingdom of Belgium and Regensboogstadion is one of them. Translated to Rainbow Stadium, it is the home of a small yet very good team known as...
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Drève Richelle 10, 1410 Waterloo, Belgium
As I previously stated, you can buy "anything" at this flea market, including some old time and very expensive mannequins. These go for 80 to 100 Euro and they are "not" originals. The originals, I was told, would go for over 500 each. OoooooooK,...
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Doel, 9130 Beveren, Belgium
Other than being an almost abandoned village, Doel is also the home of a 17th century windmill and a nuculear power plant. I'm not sure if the windmill powers the plant or vice-versa. The windmill is however now a cafe/restaurant and the food is...
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Doel, 9130 Beveren, Belgium
Slowly, very slowly, the last residents will move out of the village on the river and everything will be torn down. Well, this hasn't stopped some pretty talented graffiti from getting their share of free canvas to display their artwork Walking...
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Doel, 9130 Beveren, Belgium
I always wanted to visit a ghost town that wasn't one made up by Hollywood and the village of Doel is pretty close to be one. This very old village sits on the Scheldt River, which is surrounded by the Port of Antwerp and a nuclear power plant....
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7000 Mons, Belgium
Every Sunday you can head down to the Mons train station and just in front of it there is a flower market. The stalls are set up all around the statue of King Leopold. If flowres aren't your thing, then just a few blocks away you can catch the...
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Rue du Château 11, 7970 Beloeil, Belgium
Located in the village of Beloeil is the home of the Prince de Ligne and has been to each and every one of them since they bought the chateau back in the 14th century. The chateau is open to visitors during the summer months where you can wander...
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7070 Le Roeulx, Belgium
The little town of Le Roeulx, Belgium is known for this incredible structure. The boat lift was designed during the Canal du Centre's modernisation program in order to replace a system of two locks and four 16-metre lifts dating from 1888 to 1919....
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On Sunday, July 21st crowned King Phillipe, the 7th King of the Belgians. The king and his queen joined the parade around the royal park and drove by and waved at their minions from a very old stretch Mercedes-Benz.
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The Belgians celebrated their national day and the crowning of their new king. Of course they couldn't let such an event pass without a parade! Its not every year that they get a new king but every year they celebrate their national day and it is...
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Good bye Albert II and hello Philippe, the new Belgian King. The ceremony and celebrations took place on July 21st and although a very big deal in royal circles I'm not even sure the American press covered this or even cared but went gaga over a...
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Zeedijk 17, 8660 De Panne, Belgium
What more could you want from a beach but a lot of beach and a lot of sand?! De Panne, a safe haven during WWI, is part of a 40 mile stretch of beach on the North Sea, just across from the Kent coast in England. Every town along the coast is...
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Duinkerkelaan 83, 8660 De Panne, Belgium
Being a guy from the Jersey Shore (which has nothing to do with that television show!), I love the sea front. The seaside resort of De Panne in Belgium is a place worth visiting. Sure, Belgium is usually rainy and cold but there are hot sunny days...
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Guido Gezellestraat 7, 8970 Poperinge, Belgium
In the small town of Poperinge, which is famous not only for hops but also lace, is Hop Museum. The museum gives the history of the hop from its humble beginning to today and this is done not only with displays but also an audio guide which is...
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Jagerstraat 8, 8970 Poperinge, Belgium
The Hop Museum doesn't honor jumping up and down, pogo sticks or the Easter bunny but that little female flower that is essential in making beer. Only the female flower can be used to make the brew so in this instance - no men allowed! The picture...
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Place Alix du Rosoit, 7860 Lessines, Belgium
Not only is Lessines the birth place of one of Belgium's most famous artists, Rene Magritte, but it is also where you can find the Hospital Notre Dame a la Rose. This is the church next to the hospital, taken from the hospital's garden where they...
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Rue d'Houdeng 20, 7070 Le Roeulx, Belgium
The St. Feuillien brewery that we can visit today was founded in 1873 by Stéphanie Friart. In the recent years they have been under constant renovation combining the restoration of a nineteenth-century industrial heritage with modern facilities....