Belgium Journals

Very nice and cozy

A travel journal to Belgium by Zhebiton

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Quote: Belgium - a small European country, but very nice and cozy to keep the legacy of the very old Europe. Belgium is proud of its history, the greatest works of art and monuments of architecture, cuisine.

Grand Hotel Casselbergh

Hotel | "Very nice, quiet, slow and sad"

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Street on which it is located, moving away from the area of Burg, a hotel - the second building on the square itself.Room - standard in the new building. All is well. All - in the black. By cons attribute only to the small size of the hall, which is extremely inconvenient, especially during the cold season, if the issue stops more than one person. Dress and undress have to queue, leave the bathroom at the same time, in general, impossible. The apartment itself is secondary, it is of sufficient size.A bathroom is too bad - no bidet, but there is a bath and shower with rain shower. And toiletries, L'Occitane, replenished daily. Seven towels for two.In a bar corner - for two sets of ste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2011

Grand Hotel Casselbergh
Hoogstraat 6
Bruges, Flanders 8000
866-539-8117

Bruges Lace Center (Kantcentrum)

Attraction | "watch over the work virtuoso"

Bruges Lace Center (Kantcentrum) Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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In general, the process of creating something I have always been attracted. Madly in love to watch over the production or hand work virtuoso. And the art of Flemish lace is very old and made him even more attractive.In Bruges, and not only in this city, you can see many lace shops. Impressive complexity of pattern and fineness of threads. I so want to see how to create this beauty ... On the eve of a lace shop I was even lucky enough to see Old ladies in a white lace cap, deftly wielding bobbins. So I went to Lace Center, where you can find interesting articles and lace bobbins from different countries and regions, and most importantly watch the work of lace. The first lace appeared ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2011

Bruges Lace Center (Kantcentrum)
Peperstraat 3A
Bruges, Belgium
32 0 050 33 00 72

Villers Abbey (L'abbaye de Villers)

Attraction | "The majestic ruins"

Villers Abbey (L'abbaye de Villers) Photo, Belgium, Europe
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One of the jewels of the province of Walloon Brabant are the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Villers. When you get into the territory of the former abbey, as everything is well maintained: blooming flower beds, and close-cropped lawns against the backdrop of the majestic ruins. If we so worried about the stone witness to history.Villers Abbey was founded in 1146, when at the invitation of Senora de Marbe and his mother, Judith, and inspired to do so St. Bernard, an abbot, 12 monks and novices in May came from Clairvaux in this area. A few months later the Fathers have chosen location for the monastery, which has several advantages. It was quite a remote valley with an abundance of water a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2011

Villers Abbey (L'abbaye de Villers)
55, Rue De L'abbaye
Villers-la-Ville, Brabant Province, Belgium 1495
32 (0)71 88 09 80

Castle of Freyr and Gardens

Attraction | "Enchanted Belgium"

Castle of Freyr and Gardens Photo, Hastiere, Belgium
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I must admit that the castle, and especially the park are impressive when you look at them from above than when you are in close proximity. The beauty of the mazes of clipped hornbeam does not evaluate, wandering through them.A bit of history: the first fortified castle on this site was founded in the XIV century. And in 1554 the medieval fortress was destroyed by the troops of the Duke Neverskogo. In 1571, in its place was built the castle in Renaissance style Mozanskogo, a hallmark of which is the use of brick, stone is used only for construction of the foundation, framing window and door lintels, etc. Castle one of the old specimens of this style. It is worth noting that the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2011

Castle of Freyr and Gardens
Route De Givet, 12
Hastiere, Belgium 5540
32 (0) 82 22 22 00

Cathédrale des St-Michel et St-Gudule

Attraction | "a lot of light"

Cathédrale des St-Michel et St-Gudule Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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The cathedral is located on a hill Treurenberg on the border of the lower and upper town. Already at the beginning of XI century temple is located on this site. In 1047 the Duke of Brabant, Lambert II, moved the relics of St. Gudule of the church Saint Gorik in the heart of Brussels in a new temple on the hill Treurenberg. Since then, the Church of St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral is the cathedral. In view of the increasing significance of the church, built in Romanesque style, nachitaya the XIII century begins to rebuild the Gothic style. The foundations of the first church is still visible under the vault of a Gothic cathedral. The Gothic choir was built between 1226 and 1276 years, the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2011

Cathédrale des St-Michel et St-Gudule
Brussels
Brussels, Belgium

City on water

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Castle of Gerard the Devil Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent - medieval trading town, the goods in which and from which came by water. The very name "Gent" comes from the Celtic «Ganda» or «Gand», which means the merger. After all, Gent emerged at the confluence of two rivers Scheldt and Leie. And Gent - City of Flowers. Along the rivers and canals stretching iron fence with drawers, in which grow bright scented flowers. From the splendor can not stop watching. Left of the Leie, which flows into the heart of the city, you can see the wall Het Pand, a former Dominican monastery, which also housed a hospital. Now the building belongs to the University of Ghent, and is used for meetings and congresses. Behind him you can see St ...Read More

There is a special charm

Best Of IgoUgo

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Governor's Palace Photo, Namur, Belgium
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Namur is located at the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Sambre, where the first human settlements date back to the Mesolithic. A plot of land near the confluence, reminiscent of the shape of pigs, was named Grognon and marked the beginning of urban development in the IV-X centuries. In the X century at the top of the rock was built a watchtower, and later formed around the Count's castle. In 1421, the county bought the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good. And in 1506 Namur goes to the Spanish Netherlands. At this time, Namur has been repeatedly attacked, therefore, despite its long history in the city are not so many old buildings. In 1692, after a remarkable siege of the city goes to the Frenc...Read More

Gardens of Annevoie (Les Jardins d'Annevoie)

Attraction | "one of the most beautiful in Europe"

Gardens of Annevoie (Les Jardins d'Annevoie) Photo, Annevoie-Rouillon, Belgium
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Freire out of the castle we went along the Meuse in the gardens Annevua. Annevua gardens - water gardens are wonderful, unique for Belgium and one of the most beautiful in Europe.When we arrived at the gardens, the rain started. In the office we got a scheme where a given route, and we went for a walk around the gardens Annevua, holding in one hand camera in the other - an umbrella.Fortunately, rain will stop soon ... and even in more favorable conditions, we saw Fountain of Neptune cuff "reminiscent of his fan-shape cuffs, popular in earlier times.Gardens Annevua closely associated with family history of Montpellier, whose roots date back to the middle of the XV century. However Ann...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2011

Gardens of Annevoie (Les Jardins d'Annevoie)
Rue des Jardins d’Annevoie 37a
Annevoie-Rouillon
32 (0) 82 67 97 97

A La Mort Subite

Attraction | "Brussels Lambic beer"

A La Mort Subite Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Mandatory, in my view, click the tourist route to Brussels - Cafe A la Mort Subite », which in French means "sudden death ".Tourists there, of course, nobody is going to kill. However, the atmosphere of this place (in a good way) immediately on the spot of many famous Belgians from Jacques Brel and Maurice Bejart to members of the royal family, who have repeatedly here went. Eloquently testify pictures of celebrities on the walls of a cafe.However, its ominous name, it is obliged not to them, and loyal customers located in the vicinity of the National Bank - brokers, tellers, accountants, etc. In the early twentieth century work of the bank was organized by no means perfect, directly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2010

A La Mort Subite
Warmoesberg 7 Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes-Potagères
Brussels, Belgium 1000
+32 2 513 13 18

Topiary Park - Parc des Topiaires

Attraction | "The world's largest garden dedicated to the art topier"

Topiary Park - Parc des Topiaires Photo, Durbuy, Belgium
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From the village of An-sur-Lez, we went to a small town Dyurbui, there were only 500 residents. However, this did not prevent him considered a city. The first castle at this place was built in 889, the first mention of Dyurbui belong to the XI century.The small town has preserved the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, however, not only here and this attracts many tourists. This gem Dyurbui - Topier Park - the world's largest garden dedicated to the art topier (artistic cutting of trees). When you get into this garden, it seems that he found himself in the movie "Edward - Scissorhands": how much is vegetable sculptures and how they varied.yurbui received in 1331.This garden is the result of Alb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2010

Topiary Park - Parc des Topiaires
Rue Haie Himbe 1
Durbuy, Europe 6940
086 21 90 75

Grand Place (Grote Markt)

Attraction | "The most beautiful and most elegant of Europe"

Brussels Flower Carpet Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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The most beautiful and most elegant area of the old cities of EuropeIt is a beautiful house of the former Guild. Stand close to each other - House Painter, House of a tailor, butcher's house, the House boatman ... Every house its name and its symbol: the house star, Swan House, a house-dove, the golden tree house, house-bag ...Captures the spirit of the great confusion of architectural styles. Grandiose baroque fused with the Gothic, they domeshana a small portion of modernity. Watch all of this splendor is simply amazing!Town hall, which is a cathedral with a tall steeple, departing far from the sky. She performed at the Colonial Gothic style. The height of the cathedral is 96 meter...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2010

Grand Place (Grote Markt)
Central Square
Brussels, Belgium 1000

Brussels Flower Carpet

Attraction | "Flower carpet in Brussels"

Brussels Flower Carpet Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Before the advent of the first flower carpet in Brussels in 1971 by landscape designer E. Shtautemansu, the small flower mats were seen in 1952 in Knokke, Audenarde, Lille and San - Nicholas.Belgium produces annually 60 million begonias, 80% of which is "run" for export. The color scheme includes 7 basic colors: white, yellow, copper, orange, salmon, pink, dark red. Per 1 sq.m. floral carpet to about 300 colors. On the whole carpet this year has left about 800,000 colors.Carpet catches the eye of 3 days every 2 years, and the preparation for this event lasts for almost a year!Before starting the action.People began to print in addition to the fence take place at the fence for 2...Read More

Brussels Flower Carpet
Grote Markt/Grand Place
Brussels, Belgium 1000
+32 2 513 89 40

Channels Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges. That is certainly a place where you can get stuck for long. Only need to turn off the main square from the crowds of tourists ...Brugge is called Venice of Belgium, of course due to a variety of channels. Riding on them - one of the most popular excursions. And it's always worth making, the town is very beautiful houses hang directly over the water, lots of greenery and flowers.Describe the sights I will not have a lot of information in guidebooks. I am always interested in the architecture of the city and the people living in it. In Bruges all very harmonious: the town is maintained in the same style, the houses are small and elegant, this feeling of comfort and celebration. Notwi...Read More