Belgium’s rich and complex history is intricately woven into the fabric of Europe. From its medieval origins as a trading hub to its role in major conflicts like World War I and II, Belgium has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the formation of independent states, and the development of a distinctive cultural identity. Historical landmarks, such as medieval castles and World War I memorials, dot the landscape, offering glimpses into the nation’s past. Here are numerous stories describing various aspects of Belgium’s history.
Outstanding detective work by Belgian woodcarver Patrick Damiaens led to a valuable carving being reunited with its home in England decades after being lost.
Talbot House in Poperinge is one of the most evocative First World War sites in Belgium. It was used by soldiers for rest and relaxation before returning to the Front. It’s still very much as it used to be 100 years ago.
Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.
Flanders was renowned for its beautiful tapestries from the 15th century onwards. A Saturday morning visit to Tongerlo Abbey in Mechelen will open your eyes to the beauty of Flemish tapestries.
Mostly everyone in Flanders knows that the first Sunday after the Easter Holidays is the annual Heritage Day (Erfgoeddag). But if youâ€™ve recently arrived in Flanders from a different planet, hereâ€™s a short guide to what itâ€™s all about.
Yesterday morning I was out on my bike, cycling along the River Dijle – more of that in another post. But while heading towards my destination I happened to make a brief stop at a railway crossing in Boortmeerbeek to check my map, and saw this unusual street name – XXste Konvooistraat – 20th Convoy Street.
For three weeks every spring, the phenomenal Royal Greenhouses in Laken are open to the public (in 2016: fromÂ 15 April until 6 May). They are… Read More »The Royal Greenhouses of Brussels. Brutality beneath the beauty