World War I Exhibition at the Belfry, Bruges

The landmark Belfry (Belfort) in Bruges stands 83 meters tall and dominates the town’s main square of Markt. With its iconic 13th-century tower, much of medieval Bruges’ commercial life was conducted in the market halls below. Today some of these have been transformed into exhibition rooms and a World War I exhibition at the Belfry runs until February 22, 2015.

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October 27, 2014 by
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Flemish Masterpieces in the Groeningemuseum, Bruges

Housed in a gallery purpose built in the late 1920s near a cluster of other Bruges museums at Dijver 12, the Groeningemuseum ranks among Belgium’s leading art galleries with a collection that covers Flemish masterpieces from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

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October 22, 2014 by
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Visiting Bruges from Brussels

Pretty, pint-sized Bruges is little over an hour from Brussels, making it the perfect destination for day trips. There’s plenty to do and see in this medieval mini-city of cobbled streets, clocktowers and canals when visiting Bruges from Brussels, and it’s all accessible on foot.

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October 20, 2014 by
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October Late-night Openings in Brussels Museums

Every year the main museums in Brussels join forces to open late, allowing new audiences the chance to see their collections. In 2014, every Thursday between September 18 and December 12, late-night openings in Brussels museums are happening every Thursday.

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October 15, 2014 by
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A Food Lover’s Guide to Brussels

Brussels is a gourmet destination, famed the world over for its haute cuisine, fine confectionary, and craft beers; in fact it has more Michelin stars per capita than Paris. So what makes Brussels cuisine so enticing? Here’s a (very brief) food lover’s guide to Brussels.

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September 17, 2014 by
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In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and the Last Post Ceremony

In these centenary years of World War I, lasting until 2018, there is a special poignancy in visiting the trenches and battlefields of northern France and Belgium. The innovative, hard-hitting and interactive In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres is the place to go to understand the horrors and hardships of the battlefields.

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September 3, 2014 by
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Redesigning the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels

Brussels’s Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgiques (the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) are found in the Upper Town along rue de la Régence; they are currently being redesigned and when their facelift it complete, the museums will once again be counted among the foremost art galleries in the world.   This vast […]

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August 20, 2014 by
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Where to see the Flemish Primitives in Bruges

The Flemish Primitives were a band of successful artists painting at the height of the Burgundian power in Bruges in the 15th century, when the city was a thriving port and member of the Hanseatic League. Their chief exponents include well-known names such as Bosch, Pieter Breughel, Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling, and collectively they headed up an early form of artistic and cultural flowering mirroring the Renaissance in Italy.

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August 6, 2014 by
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Beer Tasting Tour in Brussels

Standing in the middle of the Grand Place in Brussels, our group for the Brussels beer tour was comprised of two bachelor parties, a handful of couples, and well, me.

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July 30, 2014 by
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Museums in Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

Designed to celebrate the half-centenary of Belgium’s 1830 independence, the Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark in Dutch, Golden Jubilee Park in English) was a massive work in progress from the 1870s until well into the 20th century. Extensive gardens surround a triumphal Arc du Cinquantenaire, topped by a bronze chariot and flanked by colonnaded pavilions housing three fine museums; plan to spend the day at the Museums in Parc du Cinquantenaire to do all three justice.

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July 23, 2014 by
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