The Zwin nature reserve near Knokke-Heist is one of Flanders’ natural treasures. There are two ways to describe it. One is that it’s a 159-hectare lagoon which sea water enters on each tide. It comprises dunes, salt marshes, salt pans and two large inlet channels with adjacent tidal […]
Have you ever been by car to Tienen in the autumn? If so, you have probably got stuck behind a slow-moving tractor pulling a trailer loaded to the brim with large, white, carrot-like root vegetables. They are sugar beet. Next time it happens, you might like to dwell […]
The Mollendaalbos just south of Heverlee is a great place to walk, especially now with the leaves beginning to turn. I recommend parking in the car park on the E25 Naamsesteenweg where it crosses the Weertsedreef. The car park is indicated clearly. The turn-off is at the wooden […]
I first visited the Japan Cultural Centre in Zoutleeuw a couple of years ago, and was amazed at the energy and creativity of the owners, Saskia and Bart. They really have some great events there. The Japan Cultural Centre is an organization aiming to spread authentic Japanese culture […]
It doesn’t sound too attractive does it, especially when you look at the rivers around Brussels or some of the other major cities in Belgium. However, it seems that the water purity of the rivers in Belgium has been steadily increasing, and an event taking place this Sunday […]
This article focuses on the Belgian Draft Horse Museum. If you would like to know more about the history of Belgian draft horses, follow this link to my article on the Rise and Fall of the Belgian Draft Horse. If you are interested in horses, and particularly huge […]
The Leuven Botanical Garden may be one of the smallest botanical gardens in Belgium, but itâ€™s one of the most charming. Itâ€™s small enough to cover in an hour or two; itâ€™s well laid out; and easily accessible with wheelchairs and childrenâ€™s buggies.
April 2014 update: Four eggs laid, three hatched and the youngsters doing well! Click here for a live link to the video stream! ======= April 2013 update: The peregrines are back in the cathedral tower, and the female has already laid her eggs and is brooding them. You […]
De Oude Kaasmakerij, the cheese museum in Passendale in West Flanders, is a fun place to visit with children for an afternoon. It’s housed in an old farmhouse dating back to the 19th century, and features a reconstruction of a cheese factory from the 1930s, complete with original […]
Located in the Winge valley to the east of Leuven, Horst Castle has remained largely untouched since the middle of the 17th century. To get the most out of a visit to Horst Castle, you should know what not to expect. There are no works of art hanging […]
The Leuven-Mechelen canal can be accessed at a number of points, and its wide towpaths offer excellent opportunities for a pleasant walk or cycle. You can choose your entry and exit points depending on your preferred length of walk. Highlights for me are the white storks, which feed […]
Choosing where to walk in the Ardennes is not easy; there are so many wonderful areas to explore. But if you have never been to the Ardennes before, I would recommend La Roche-en-Ardenne. It’s an excellent place to start getting acquainted with this marvellous area of Belgium. One […]
The Gallo-Roman museum in Tongeren
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I never thought I would compare the region north of Antwerp to Scotland — until I visited Kalmthout Heath. If you get the chance to visit this lovely area, forget for a moment that you are only 20 minutes from the centre of Antwerp and just soak up […]