- 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.
The objective isn’t to repeat information that you can easily find elsewhere. For example, there is a lot of information on Belgium available from official sources such as Belgium.be. Moreover, Internations gives comprehensive info on moving to Belgium, while Expatica provides useful information for expats moving to and living in Belgium. So for questions around Housing, Working, Healthcare, Education and Residency, you’re best trying one of those sites or similar ones.
What’s the aim of Discovering Belgium?
My goal with Discovering Belgium is to help you get out and about in this country. More specifically, to give you ideas of where to go walking in Flanders and Wallonia. This could be for a short stroll with the family, or a longer hike of a day or more. I often like to focus on “off the beaten track” places in Belgium that are less well-known and touristy.
On the homepage tab “Where to in Belgium” 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 so many other blogs focus on Brussels that I don’t want to repeat information that is available elsewhere). Or you could immediately head to specific areas like The Ardennes, The Belgian Coast or Flanders Fields.
Under “What to visit?” you have a variety of tabs you can open. Here I have suggestions for a day out in the major cities like Gent, Bruges or Mechelen. Or you can look for something of specific interest such as Castles, Museums, Parks & Gardens, or Rivers & Canals.
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 some 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.
Finally, we don’t forget the children and the grandchildren! Under Cool for Kids we list a number of great places to visit and fun activities for children. It’s an ideal source of ideas for parents and grandparents too!
I am a British-Belgian, or a Belgian-Brit. Born and educated in the UK, my wife Liz and I moved to Belgium in October 1987. I had taken a job with an advertising agency in Brussels. However, it soon became apparent that it wasn’t the right job for me, so after two months I left and setup as a freelance technical copywriter. 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. So I’ve been running it for nearly ten years and it’s been a lot of fun.
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.
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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.