In Bruges

Bruges – or Brügge in the local tongue – is just a skip and hop away from England on the other side of the English Channel and lies just an hour’s drive north of Bruxelles. We visited this picturesque medieval town late march and were rewarded with a sentimental air to the settings. The damp cobblestone…

Hiking and Biking in Belgium

Belgium has a diversified nature, from the flat coastline in the north to the mountain range Ardennes in the south. Whatever your liking or your form, you can find hiking and biking routes, that’ll suit you and give you ample reason to burn off those beer-induced calories that quickly can turn into a beer-belly. Not…

Castles of Wallonia 

A visit to a castle usually has something interesting for everyone in the family; lots of charm, spooky dungeons, luscious furniture, fascinating ancestral tree and history. And while many castle answers most of our questions, there are lots of questions unanswered as well: How cold was it inside in wintertime? How much did it smell when…

Blessed beer and alchemistic ale

Alchemy has been a protoscientific and philosophical tradition for centuries. While the crude minds of old times hungered in futile for a recipe, that could turn “base metals” (like lead), into “noble metals” (like gold), the more practical minds learned the alchemy of alcohol: how to turn “base ingredients” (like grapes or barley) into “noble drinks”…

Waterloo – the nemesis of Napoleon

You can’t say Waterloo without thinking of Napoleon ..or ABBA.. and Waterloo was certainly the place, where the hubris of the little megalomaniac was turned into his nemesis June 18th 1815. And the small guy with the great ego really had it coming for him! For almost two decades, Napoleon raged war against different European…

Beer in Bruxelles

It’s is deeply unfair, but Bruxelles is unfortunately for many Europeans become a concept that is rarely accompanied by positive vibes. Bruxelles is colloquially become equivalent to EU and NATO, to paper pushers, fishing quotas, high taxes and yuppies. Bruxelles is no longer just the name of Belgium’s beautiful capital and this is a shame…

Top 5 Music Festivals in Europe

The festival season is almost over us; days of endless summer, laying on the grass and listening to new tunes or raving in front of the stage with like-minded spirits. Music festivals in Europe have gone from a series of concerts to a musical event. The different festivals often have a specific theme and people are…