Looking for shapes and patterns in nature can transform a morning walk in your local park or forest into a journey of discovery
May they rust in peace
When I saw my first article in print, I immediately went in search of a big hole to jump into and disappear. Forever.
You can’t beat a cold, frosty and sunny morning for a lovely Saturday morning walk
I’m frequently asked why I left the UK and moved to Belgium. When I tell people the whole story, they are often totally amazed.
November is a great month for walking in the woods. One of the ways to make your walk extra special – particularly for children – is to find and photograph mushrooms and toadstools.
The results of my small survey to discover LGBT-affirming churches in Belgium
Het Zwin Nature Park outside Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast has been completely revamped. It’s a wonderful place to visit to learn about birds, and see them in real life. In the visitor centre you can learn all about bird migration, and then on the nature trail you can see the birds from special observation hides. Highly recommended for kids!
Amazingly, this lovely, quiet and bucolic area of Belgium has quite a stormy history. Discover the history of Voeren, the political unrest over the years that led to riots and a violent demonstration, and the key players in the turmoil.
Just what I didn’t expect, but very much needed, especially after walking 23 kilometres on a hot day. Intrigued to discover what nourishment I found in the middle of nowhere?
Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.
Sense-Sations is an opportunity to sample the delights of Mechelen’s local food and drink specialties. I was invited by Mechelen Tourism to test it out. It was fun, and if you do it, you might be able to “click” with the shop assistants better than I did!
Flanders was renowned for its beautiful tapestries from the 15th century onwards. A Saturday morning visit to Tongerlo Abbey in Mechelen will open your eyes to the beauty of Flemish tapestries.
An easy map to see all the places mentioned on Discovering Belgium
Guest Blogger Hannah Little reports on last Sunday’s Cats Parade in Ypres