the hills nearby Silly, Belgium

Great website for Silly Walks

If you want to explore the Le Tournaisis region of Belgium, this website is a good starting point. The whole area is worth exploring. It contains two natural parks, quaint villages, rural museums, chateaux, and a comprehensive network of country walks.

Flanders Fields reconstruction after Armistice 1918

Armistice Day 1918: What Happened Next?

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.

Bowls of chestnuts, freshly picked

Grey day in Grez-Doiceau

A 7.5-km walk around Doiceau, with opportunities to harvest the fruits of the wild. No, it wasn’t the sunniest day. In fact it was grey and getting greyer by the minute. But I came back with a big bag of chestnuts to cook for supper. Oh dear, that didn’t work!

Walking around Frasnes-les-Anvaing

Walking around Frasnes-lez-Anvaing

Situated between Brussels and Lille, Picardy Wallonia offers some great hiking and cycling opportunities. Here’s a walk around Frasnes-lez-Anvaing. Picardy Wallonia is the beautiful area of countryside you can see from the high-speed train as it shoots between Brussels and Lille. It includes the towns of Tournai, Ath […]