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A day – or longer – in Zoutleeuw

First of all, let’s deal with its strange name. Zoutleeuw. Does it originate from the times when lions (leeuwen) with a taste for salt (zout) roamed the hills of Limburg? Not at all. Until the 16th century the village was simply called Leeuw. Disappointingly, it has nothing to do with lions at all. It’s believed…

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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…