Category: West Flanders

Vegan dining in Belgium

Guest blogger ‘The Bruges Vegan’ selects her three favourite restaurants in Belgium! Before she does, for an excellent overview of veganism, a great place to start is the Positive Health Wellness site, and particularly this article, Embarking on a Raw Vegan Lifestyle. Now, over to The Bruges Vegan: […]

Snow and Ice Festival Belgium 2016

  2016 UPDATE: It’s not in Bruges this year but in Hasselt: Ice Magic Hasselt: November 19 – 8 January 2017 From Hasselt to Antarctica… the coldest place on earth! The theme is Antarctica, the coldest place on earth. It features the adventures of Adrien de Gerlache, who […]

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 […]

Tielt

Tielt. A devil and a witch

Located right in the middle of the triangle formed by Bruges, Ghent and Kortrijk, it’s inevitable that the town of Tielt struggled to make a mark on the West Flanders scene. Skilled craftsmen were – and still are – attracted to the three nearby cities in search of […]

The Tobacco Museum in Wervik

With the cold winter weather making outdoor trips difficult, if not impossible, here’s another strange but fascinating Belgian museum to visit (from February 1st when it re-opens). However, if you recently kicked the habit and have just stubbed out your last Marlboro, then the National Tobacco Museum in […]

Diederik Vandenbilcke's Warhol exhibition in Ypres

Andy Warhol in Ypres

Between 17 February and 17 March, 2012,  Ieper Library ran a fascinating and highly successful exhibition which paid homage to American artist, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol. The exhibition featured the extensive collection of lifelong Andy Warhol fan Diederik Vandenbilcke and was timed to commemorate the 25th anniversary […]

Beauvoorde Castle near Veurne

From the outside, Beauvoorde Castle appears to be a perfect example of a 17th century castle. But don’t be deceived. It was actually created in the late 19th century through the romantic vision of one man. In 1875, wealthy nobleman Arthur Merghelynck fell in love with a ruined […]