One of the spectacular rooflines of the Grand Place of Brussels, a Unesco World Heritage site in Belgium. The tiny country of Belgium has 13 Unesco World Heritage sites, including the only museum, [...]
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A Roman Missal printed by Jan Moretus in 1613, now displayed in the Plantin Moretus Museum. The missal contains two illustrations by Peter Paul Rubens. The Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium holds a [...]
One of the spectacular rooflines of the Grand Place of Brussels. One of the things I love about Northern Europe, as opposed to say, Spain and Italy, is that the main plazas of [...]
The boat lifts of the Canal du Centre of Belgium are a remarkable feat of 19th Century engineering and made possible the navigation of the canal from one end of Belgium to the other. [...]
The Bell Towers of Belgium and France, such as this one in Mons, Belgium are more symbols of secular, rather than church, power. There are a total of 56 belfries in Northern France [...]
You might call this the national dish of Belgium, Moule Frites, mussels with French fries. Sometimes we get caught up in sightseeing and forget to cover the basics on how we live–that is, [...]
Just off the train in Antwerp, walking up the platform. One of those beautiful European 19th Century train stations. Not every one is like this. Taken with my iPhone 5s, because all my other equipment [...]
Getting this shot of a canal side view of Bruges involved getting up early and hiking across the city before the sun got too high. The city center of Bruges, Belgium does not [...]
I was struck by the joyous anarchy of Ghent's architecture. The Flemish style is a jumping off point for convention shattering imagination. One of the most interesting cities we've visited.
Our itineraries often seem to diverge into two distinct categories: culture (particularly art and religion) and history (usually war.) This trip to Belgium has been much more the latter. I don’t mean to suggest Belgium lacks the former, although it does have large Protestant parts and the Protestants, except for the Anglicans, just don’t do over the top iconography like the Catholics.