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 […]

Gaasbeek Castle. Centuries of ravage and pillage

Situated on the outskirts of Brussels, the beautifully furnished Gaasbeek Castle has had a torrid history, but now makes a perfect, peaceful day out. It’s actually a gem. It has a park, woods, a lake, an internationally renowned museum garden, and it holds special events throughout the year.  […]

The blossoms of Haspengouw

2017 update: Some of the information below is no longer valid. For two more recent articles on the Haspengouw fruit orchards, check out Cycling through the orchards of the Haspengouw and Biking amid the blossoms of the Haspengouw.   Still suffering from the greyness of March? Itching for […]

Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2015

April 2015 update: Another successful hatch: follow the webcam for some great sights of the nest. May 2014 update: The peregrines are breeding once again in the cathedral, and you can see a live webcam here. April 2013 update: The peregrine falcons are back in the tower of […]

Floralia Brussels 2014

Readers of Discovering Belgium will know that every year I promote Floralia Brussels and strongly suggest that for people living in Belgium it’s much more environmentally-friendly to visit this flower show than drive the 3 hours to the more famous Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This year it’s the […]

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 […]