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Vegan dining in Belgium

Guest blogger ‘The Bruges Vegan’ selects her three favourite restaurants in Belgium! Let us start with underlining how much we love food! Although veganism evokes the image of a culinary desert in most people’s minds (no animal products, no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs, … so what do you eat??), it has been…

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War and Trauma exhibitions

A post with a difference today. But still within the theme of “discovering Belgium”. I would like to draw your attention to a double exhibition called War and Trauma taking place in Ghent and Ypres that focuses on the physical and mental consequences of war, from the First World War to more recent conflicts. The…

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Count your garden birds

Next weekend – February 1&2 – it’s that time of the year again. It’s time to count your garden birds, at least if you live in Belgium, although many countries now hold an annual garden birds census. I’ve written earlier about how you can count your birds here. In this post I just want to…

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Wijngaardberg in the winter

I know I’ve written about the Wijngaardberg near Leuven before (here), but that was back in July, and you may be thinking it’s only suitable for a summer walk. On the contrary, this is a lovely place to visit in the winter, and is therefore ideal for a refreshing winter’s walk. You’ll need boots or…

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Discovering beertourism.com

I don’t usually write about websites – preferring to encourage people to get away from the screen and into the fresh air – but beertourism.com is so full of well-written, interesting material that I thought I would give it a plug here. And it’s not solely about beer. Belgian beer is a major focus, but…

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Snow and Ice Festival, Bruges

It’s December, so it must be time for the annual Snow & Ice Festival in Bruges. This year it’s based on the latest Disney movie ‘Frozen’. This remarkable exhibition never fails to impress, with its incredible ice sculptures, this time of the kingdom that is trapped in eternal winter thanks to the spell of Elsa,…

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Reptile Rescue Center, Houtave

Here’s an idea for an afternoon out with the kids with a difference. A visit to Belgium’s first ever Reptile Rescue Center, which recently opened. Its aims are to rehabilitate reptiles that are injured or unwanted – and provide much needed education into how to care for a pet reptile. It’s located in Houtave, a…

Voeren, and the Val-Dieu brewery in Aubel

Belgium is such a quaint country. Everywhere you look you find yourself thinking “What? How? Why?”. Take the Flemish municipality of Voeren, for example, which is located in the far east of the country. Voeren belongs to Flanders. It’s actually part of the Flemish province of Limburg. So far, so good. However, it’s not actually…