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Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:42 pm
by islandboi
Most Canadians seem to miss is when they go to Europe... Are there reasons it is off the radar for so many?

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:05 am
by GLimpet
Has a boring image. No more or less boring than its neighbours really.


Very accessible.

Good and flat for cycling, short distances, good public transport, beautiful old towns like Bruges & Ghent, amazing beer.

Battleground tours .

A lot more interesting and moving than you'd expect. A lot of Canadian blood in that soil.

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:57 am
by twodogs
It was the cheapest place to get a month long car lease a few years ago.

Some breweries still use open vessel fermentation which can trigger allergies in some people.

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:39 am
by micvan
Yup great cycling, loved Bruges and Ghent the museums! Wish I had more time for Brussels just scratched the surface of the art museum there. Super easy to get around

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:06 am
by Lost Soul
Bastogne is nice.

The Meuse is pretty south of Namur.

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:59 pm
by simon_in_exile
Food is French quality with Dutch portions.

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:26 pm
by veronica_inheels
I liked Bruges

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:29 pm
by VinnyD
You can see what Auden was talking about.

Musée des Beaux Arts.

About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:37 pm
by DCComic
Bruges
Moules frites
Tintin
Magritte
Leffe
Ghent
Antwerp
Le manneken pis
Brown bars
The atomium
Limburger
Chimay
Waffles

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:06 am
by islandboi
Thanks, kids...

You are all so well travelled and bright... I sometimes think I have no business going to anything smarter than a West Virginia NASCAR race.

Ghent really interests me... as does the food.

Re: Belgium. .. Give me reasons to go there...

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:18 pm
by Lost Soul
I had to google.

The last race in WV was held in 1971, and was won by Richard Petty. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona,_West_Virginia