Mercator's 1569 world map

500 years of Mercator

Gerardus Mercator was a geographer, cartographer, scientific instrument maker and mathematician. Born on 5 March 1512, his mapping technique, the Mercator projection, changed the way people looked at the world. The quality of his maps was the envy of generations of mapmakers. His legacy, his projection of the […]

Diederik Vandenbilcke's Warhol exhibition in Ypres

Andy Warhol in Ypres

Between 17 February and 17 March, 2012, Ieper Library ran a fascinating and highly successful exhibition which paid homage to American artist, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol. The exhibition featured the extensive collection of lifelong Andy Warhol fan Diederik Vandenbilcke. It was timed to commemorate the 25th anniversary […]

Spontin and the Bocq Valley

Wanting to take full advantage of the promise of a hot Saturday – a rare occurrence in Belgium this year, and even more exceptional in October – today I decided to explore the countryside around the pretty little village of Spontin, which is located in the Condroz area […]

How to cycle the Promenade Verte

Guest Blogger Rebecca provides travel tips on the Belgian capital for the Guardian’s Been There Travel website. Here she explains how to cycle the Promenade Verte. Did you know that there is another Ring in Brussels, one which takes you through the city’s outermost districts at a leisurely […]

Mollendaalbos, Haasrode

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 […]

Discovering Japan – in Zoutleeuw

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 […]

Kalmthout Arboretum

Covering 12 hectares and with a collection of over 7,000 rare trees and shrubs and many more perennials, Kalmthout Arboretum to the north of Antwerp has become known worldwide. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Brueghel Walk, Sint-Anna-Pede

Guest blogger: Pierre, a 29-year old Frenchman who has been living in Brussels for three years. He’s interested in history, literature and nature. It seems unbelievable, but it is true! You look once, twice, three times at Pieter Brueghel’s painting The Blind Leading the Blind, and then at […]

Driving through Belgium

Guest blogger Helen Pritchard from NetCars gives her top three locations when driving through Belgium. If you’re looking for the ultimate driving holiday, Belgium is an ideal destination. Being quite a small country and having pretty good road links, Belgium can be explored easily by car and offers […]

Beauvoorde Castle near Veurne

From the outside, Beauvoorde Castle appears to be a perfect example of a 17th century castle. But don’t be deceived. It was actually created in the late 19th century through the romantic vision of one man. In 1875, wealthy nobleman Arthur Merghelynck fell in love with a ruined […]