Thanks to blogger Hannes Coudenys and, of course, the architects themselves, Belgium has become notorious for its quirky buildings. In 2012, Coudenys decided to begin documenting the peculiarities of Belgian architecture on an Instagram account called ‘Ugly Belgian Houses,’ and it has drawn the attention of architecture enthusiasts from all over the world. Continue reading »
Sometimes you have to look at things differently to appreciate them.
Like the imperfection of our Belgian roads. For some a daily source of irritation, for others one of inspiration and raw beauty. It depends on what perspective you look at it from. Or which car should you drive. Continue reading »
In the world of luxury travel, great railway journeys are increasingly seen as relics of a distant and elegant past. In our fast-paced modern world, the mere thought of such an adventure fills us with intrigue and captures our collective imagination – and few trains are as iconic as the Orient Express. Launched in 1883 by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL), the long-distance passenger service ceased operating in December 2009 amid growing competition from high-speed trains and budget airlines. Continue reading »
A quirky statue found in Brussels that has long been photographed by tourists has now become a symbol of defiance in the wake of this morning’s terror attacks in the Belgian capital. Continue reading »
There’s a mystical forest in Belgium, not far from Brussels, that will take your breath away if you visit it in April or May. Every spring, Hallebros, or Bois de Hal (Halle Forest in Dutch), a beautiful 552 ha forest, is carpeted with a thick layer of bluebell flowers. Continue reading »
Hotel CasAnus has all the elements of a great weekend getaway. It’s just shaped like a giant human colon. On a small island, nestled between Antwerp and Ghent in Flanders, Belgium, this quaint structure is designed like a humongous intestinal tract, complete with an anus replica.
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Tourists view sand sculptures during the Sand Sculpture Festival in Oostende, Belgium, July 2, 2014. About 150 sculptures created by more than 30 professional sand artists from about 10 countries were shown in the sand sculpture festival which would be held till the end of August. (Photo: Xinhua)
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The beds are made up, but this abandoned mansion has not had an occupant sleeping in its grand rooms for years. The tenants at the Round Mansion in western Belgium are long gone, but the bedrooms are still occupied by expensive furniture and ornaments. These serie photographs were captured by London urban explorer Andre Govia, after he decided to start documenting his love of abandoned buildings.
With an abandoned tricycle sitting in an empty corridor, this derelict but once grand mansion could be the setting for The Shining. Continue reading »
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