Floralia Brussels: A review

(For Floralia Brussels 2017, click here.) I’ve posted earlier on the wonderful Floralia Brussels exhibition, the spring flower show held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden (this year’s event is now closed). Regular ‘Discovering Belgium’ reader Wendy Deyell went to the exhibition, […]

Mercator's 1569 world map

500 years of Mercator

Gerardus Mercator was a geographer, cartographer, scientific instrument maker and mathematician. Born on 5 March 1512, his mapping technique, the Mercator projection, changed the way people looked at the world. The quality of his maps was the envy of generations of mapmakers. His legacy, his projection of the […]

Durbuy. A delight in miniature

Known as the smallest town in the world, Durbuy is also one of the prettiest. Due to its picturesque location on the banks of the Ourthe River, in the Belgian province of Luxemburg, the town became a pleasant holiday resort. This small but at the same time enchanting […]

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 […]

Spontin and the Bocq Valley

Wanting to take full advantage of the promise of a hot Saturday – a rare occurrence in Belgium this year, and even more exceptional in October – today I decided to explore the countryside around the pretty little village of Spontin, which is located in the Condroz area […]

Cycling on the Promenade Verte

Guest Blogger Rebecca writes a blog describing her eating and drinking adventures in Brussels, and also provides travel tips on the Belgian capital for the Guardian’s Been There Travel website. Did you know that there is another Ring in Brussels, one which takes you through the city’s outermost […]

Mollendaalbos, Haasrode

The Mollendaalbos just south of Heverlee is a great place to walk, especially now with the leaves beginning to turn. I recommend parking in the car park on the E25 Naamsesteenweg where it crosses the Weertsedreef. The car park is indicated clearly. The turn-off is at the wooden […]

Discovering Japan – in Zoutleeuw

I first visited the Japan Cultural Centre in Zoutleeuw a couple of years ago, and was amazed at the energy and creativity of the owners, Saskia and Bart. They really have some great events there. The Japan Cultural Centre is an organization aiming to spread authentic Japanese culture […]