What’s the aim of Discovering Belgium?
- Are you moving to Belgium? Perhaps to work in one of the European institutions, international organizations or a Belgian company? Or, like me, to set up here as a freelancer? Or perhaps to study here at one of the universities or on an Erasmus scheme?
- Are you planning to take a vacation in Belgium? Maybe just for a day or two on the way to somewhere else? Or maybe you are intending to spend a week or more in this country?
- Maybe you are visiting friends or family in Belgium and want to know a little more about this country?
- Or maybe you already live in Belgium and just want to discover more about this fine country.
Whatever your circumstance, Discovering Belgium is here to help. It aims to give you insights into the country of Belgium that will enable you to enjoy your stay here.
More specifically, my goal with Discovering Belgium is to help you get out and about in this country. I do this by giving you ideas of where to walk and cycle in Flanders and Wallonia. This could be for a short stroll with the family. A longer hike of a day or more. A local cycle ride. Or hiring a bike from a railway station to explore a new area. I tend to focus on “off the beaten track” places in Belgium that are less well-known.
On the homepage tab “Where to” you can choose the region you wish to explore – Flanders or Wallonia – and then select the individual province. (I know that Brussels is the third region of Belgium, but many other blogs focus specifically on Brussels). Or you could look at the map of all places mentioned on this blog.
If you don’t have a particular region in mind, you could look under “Hiking” or “Cycling.” The tab “Nature” describes nature reserves to visit, or nature projects to do.
Under “Visiting” you have a variety of themed tabs to open: Flanders Fields, The Ardennes, Cities & Towns, Parks & Gardens, Waterways, Castles, Museums, and Children’s Activities.
Under “Get to know” you can find articles that go in-depth on a variety of topics concerning this country, such as its history. In “Remarkable Belgians” you can discover the life stories of a few amazing but not so well-known Belgians. Don’t take my word that Belgium is a great place to live in or visit. In “My Belgium” you can read the recommendations of some of Discovering Belgium’s readers.
For more general information on Belgium, specific websites of interest for hikers and cyclists, as well as reviews of equipment and books, check out Resources.
I am a British-Belgian; born and educated in the UK but now with Belgian nationality. My wife Liz and I moved to Belgium in October 1987 where I setup my own freelance technical copywriting business. You can read more about how I ended up in Belgium here. Technical copywriting has been my day job since then. I have also written extensively on Belgium for various publications such as The Bulletin, Flanders Today, Brussels & Wallonia, AWAY magazine and others. I started Discovering Belgium in 2010.
Liz and I have four adult children and two young grandchildren. All our children were educated in the local Flemish schools, which I can highly recommend.
Work with Discovering Belgium
If you are a tourism agency or office, I would be delighted to visit your province or town. I could write about a specific walk or cycle ride, describe a city trip, visit a castle or museum … the opportunities are endless. For more information, read my latest Media Kit. I look forward to hearing from you!
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I wish you much pleasure in Belgium, whether you are passing through or here to stay. I hope that Discovering Belgium gives you the resources to do so.