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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Tyne Cot in Flanders is the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery. Its serried ranks are beautifully curated by the War Graves Commission, who raise millions of dollars per year to keep all the World War I cemeteries in perfect condition out of respect for the fallen soldiers.
The stately heart of Brussels since the 12th century, the gloriously OTT Grand-Place (or Grote Markt) is a humongous cobbled square that was built to reflect the wealth and power of Brussels as a trading city. Although most people visit the square to stare at the grandiose civic architecture and have an extortionately expensive coffee […]
Miniscule Bruges really punches above its weight with the sheer amount of fantastic artwork it has to offer. And the city collections are not just about Old Masters; the art treasures of Bruges also offer modern works from great names including Picasso and Dalí, all displayed against a backdrop of fine storic buildings.
Although the fighting on the Western Front never stopped from the moment the German army snuck into Luxemburg in August 1914 until the Armistice in November 1918, Flanders in May 1917 was scene of some of the fiercest fighting of World War I.