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?
The Voerstreek is one of the prettiest regions of Flanders; and is covered with footpaths and cycle routes, making it an excellent place for a day out. This was my first visit to the area – and it won’t be my last!
Taking a 45-minute boat trip along the River Leie is a great way to see another side of Gent
Explore the lovely city of Gent in Belgium with this walking tour that takes in brunch, lunch, a castle visit, plenty of churches and some of the most beautiful buildings in Belgium
Enjoy the wonderful sight of over 1 million flowering bulbs in the grounds of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden
I reach the halfway point on the GR 571 long-distance path through the Ardennes. Yes, I did survive the cold night, and getting up early enabled me to experience the dawn chorus.
Stage 4 of the GR 571, and the first signs of spring along the River Salm. I see the season’s first butterflies, come face to face with a stoat, find some badger footprints, and discover that my overnight lodging is an ice-box.
An exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres focuses on the contribution of Canadian soldiers in the First World War
Stage 3 of the GR 571: more steep climbs, more snow, more great views, more fun! I come across plenty of reminders that this area was in the middle of a huge conflict during the Second World War, and experienced a wonderful climb with some great views from the top.
When a town promotes itself as the oldest in Belgium, it’s tempting to wonder how much evidence of this claim is still visible. Visit Tongeren, and its credentials are right in front of you: city walls from the first century, and a Roman archaeological site from the fourth. It’s also got an excellent Gallo-Roman Museum
Stage 2 of the GR 571 featured steep ascents, great views, scary footbridges and some snow! And a lovely overnight stay at Maggie’s AirBnB in Stourmont.
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is dedicated to the horrendous bloodbath that was the Battle of Passchendaele. It displays numerous artefacts from the battle, a Dugout Experience that takes you underground into a mock-up of the British Army’s quarters, and reconstructions of trenches.
Get ready for a superb natural spectacle. Bluebells. Millions of them
I set off on the first stage of the GR 571 long-distance path in the Belgian Ardennes. I quickly get confused as to which path to take, but the diversion gave me great views. Oh, the temperature was below zero! Brrr!