About This Blog

My original objective of the “Discovering Belgium” blog was to give you some ideas for a day out in Belgium – or just an hour or two if that’s all the time you have available on a public holiday or weekend.

There’s so much to see in this small but incredibly rich and diverse country. Think of Belgium and the big cities immediately spring to mind – such as Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels – but there is plenty to see away from the city lights. Much of this blog therefore focuses on places in Belgium that are “off the beaten track”: small towns and villages; parks and gardens; rivers and canals; castles and museums; with a special focus on country walks and activities for children.

However, since I started it, my interests have grown to include more than country walks. So the website also includes articles of broader interest: exhibitions at museums, music, arts & crafts, historic buildings, interesting people, the First World War, special events …

Basically, if it’s linked with Belgium, I may well discover it and write about it.

I hope you enjoy the site and enjoy reading my posts. Feel free to register for automatic updates to the blog by completing the box on the right, (below the list of comments). This will mean you are automatically informed by email every time a new post appears.

And you can always contact me by sending me a comment on this page or one of the posts by using the box below.

Denzil Walton


    • My mom and I are planning a few days in Belgium in mid May 2014. I am looking for 4 small towns, maybe just villages, they are: Maissin, Rossignol, Haut, and Gimber. Do you have any knowledge of these places? Google searches turn up basically zero. They are town where great grand parents are from. Any help is appreciated. We are from Canada and have never been to Belgium.


      • Michelle, thanks for your comment. Can you please check the spelling of these places? Maissin certainly exists, but is a very small village (a few houses, a church, a cemetery and a bridge!). Rossignol is also very tiny, but is about 50 km away from Maissin. Haut and Gimber do not seem to exist under those spellings. Haut is a general name meaning high or top. Gimber doesn’t seem to exist. It could be a place like Haut-Gimber or Haut-Gimbert or something. Do you have any extra info, such as a street name? If any other Discovering Belgium reader can help, please add a comment. In the meantime Michelle let’s communicate via email.


  1. I just stumbled upon your blog while doing some research for our honeymoon to Belgium this summer. Your blog looks like it will be very helpful to our planning! We definitely want to visit the major cities but also want to visit the “off the beaten path” places as well. Looking forward to exploring your blog some more. Thanks in advance for the ideas!


  2. Hello Denzil

    What a great blog. Am hoping you can offer some advice please. We are holidaying in the Ardennes in the summer and wonder if you could recommend some family friendly walks (around 2 to 3 hours maximum). We are staying near Vielsalm but obviously happy to explore further afield. Many thanks


  3. I am trying to research ancestors from Weezemaal who immigrated to Louisiana in the late 1800s. My grandfather was Jan Casimir Vermaelen. He had a twin brother named Johannes Baptiste Vermaelen.Do you have any suggestions for locating any relatives in this area? Actually there were a number of Belgian families who immigrated to Rapides Parish, Louisiana during these times. Most wre farmers.
    Thanks in advance for any information you may share.


  4. Hi , I am from India , and will be visiting Belgium on holiday in September, I would like to do a day trip to Durbuy and would be based in Brussels. Is that possible. Though you mention there is a direct train from train from Brussels , I find any. All of them have a 1 change and its about a 2 hr journey. Can info and tips would be highly appreciated.


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