The construction of the Gothic-styled Cathedral of Our Lady, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is a centerpiece of Antwerp, Belgium, was started in the middle of the 14th century, although not completed until 1518. It features exemplary Gothic architecture, yet also blends well with the ornate Baroque architecture of the rest of the city. The interior […]


Photo Friday: Antwerp Central Station, Belgium

by El-El on November 8, 2013

Central Station, Antwerp Belgium

Most visitors to Antwerp will arrive by train at the ornate Central Station, an impressive structure of stone, iron, and glass. Stand at look up at the dome, look around at the turrets, and marvel and the glass, gold, and marble. The Central Station was completed in 1905, and although it has been refurbished and […]


Photo Friday: Antwerp City Hall

by El-El on October 25, 2013

Built in the mid 1500s, Antwerp’s Renaissance-styled City Hall rings the Great Market Square. The façade of the building has been influence by classic Renaissance styling, with overpowering mullioned windows and Doric and Ionic columns. The ornamental center section holds female statuary representing Justice, Prudence, and the Virgin Mary, the latter mirroring the cultural heritage […]


What Makes Belgian Chocolate So Good?

by Rita Cook on March 28, 2012

Wittamer chocolate, Brussels

Is Belgium the chocolate capital of the world?  Many say yes!  Last month on a trip to Brussels, Belgium I set out to find if that was true.  After all, every time I head to Belgium someone reminds me that I must bring back chocolate of some kind. Belgium actually got its reputation for chocolate […]

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Cooking Classes in Belgium

by Rita Cook on March 22, 2012

Cooking Time in Belgium

I’m no cook and I will be the first to admit it. However, trying my hand at a cooking school in Brussels, Belgium, with a group of friends was too much to pass up. Keep in mind I am a person who can’t even boil water – but I was assured that by the end […]


Summer Music in Belgium

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 21, 2011

Les Francofolies, Spa, Belgium

It’s a spring and summer of music in Belgium, with events and festivals spanning a variety of musical genres.  Belgium is easily accessible from many other European countries, so a musical getaway is affordable and enjoyable.  Take a look at what’s on the calendar: Botanique Nights Festival – Brussels, May 13-22, 2011.  The Botanique is […]