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St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, is home to the spectacular Ghent Altarpiece. But it also has some very nice windows and a nice organ. I really love how the pipes are hung high on [...]

By | 2016-01-14T19:40:47+00:00 January 15, 2016|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

One of the things I love about Northern Europe, as opposed to say, Spain and Italy, is that the main plazas of the cities revolve around civil rather than religious structures. That is certainly the [...]

By | 2014-05-28T02:17:56+00:00 May 28, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments

Boat Lift on the Central Canal, Belgium

There are a series of four hydraulic boat lifts on the Central Canal of Belgium. These 19th and early 20th Century feats of engineering allowed a connection between the Meuse and the Scheldt rivers, which [...]

By | 2016-01-15T10:55:52+00:00 May 27, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments

Bell Tower, Mons, Belgium

There are a total of 56 belfries in Northern France and Belgium that are jointly inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List. We saw a few of them in Ghent, Bruges, and Antwerp along the [...]

By | 2016-01-15T10:50:14+00:00 May 24, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |0 Comments

Recommended Byways in Belgium

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 liveā€“that is, [...]

By | 2017-05-20T13:07:28+00:00 May 23, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Eat Drink Stay, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |18 Comments

Woman Praying, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges, Belgium

As we entered the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, I noticed this woman in an alcove stroking the knees of the statue of Christ and murmuring a prayer. She was there long enough [...]

By | 2016-01-14T21:17:44+00:00 May 6, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |1 Comment

City Hall, Bruges, Belgium

One of the things we noticed in Belgium and the Netherlands was the apparent prosperity of towns like Ghent, Bruges, and Amsterdam in the 15th and 16th Centuries. But, in contrast to southern Europe, this [...]

By | 2014-05-02T07:17:09+00:00 May 2, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Train Station, Antwerp, Belgium

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 [...]

By | 2016-03-31T16:30:46+00:00 April 28, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Canal Intersection, Bruges, Belgium

We saw this scene last night at dusk as we were walking back to the hotel from the oldest tavern in Bruges. Of course, then the sun was behind the scene, so we determined to [...]

By | 2014-04-26T05:40:37+00:00 April 26, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , |2 Comments