The Belgian government on January 27 launched its new passport featuring comic characters as its design theme. The updated Belgian passport will include comics like The Smurfs, Lucky Luke and baroque buildings on its pages. People can request the new passport from 7 February 2022 at their municipality in Belgium or the consular post competent for their permanent residence abroad. Continue reading »
Being Belgian Living In Taiwan, This Artist Discovered Many New And Special Things, Illustrated 100 Of Them
According to Liesbeth Cole: “When living in a foreign country, you always discover new things that raise your eyebrows, make you laugh, or give you a certain emotion. Continue reading »
160 photos of the strange and intriguing objects people display behind their windows, for passers-by to look at.
These things will make you smile, or maybe even stop and reflect. A stuffed fox, a portrait of Christ, a dusty Egyptian bust, a globe with gaudy colours… They are installed like treasures behind a glass screen, inviting you to wonder about the stories behind them, or about the intimacy of the daily lives that are lived behind the façade. Continue reading »
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 »
Dutch artist, Joep Van Lieshout, has created a unique work of art that you can actually stay in…if your heart desires. His giant human intestine sculpture (yes, intestine), located in Belgium, sits in the middle of a field commissioned as part of the Verbeke Foundation Sculpture Park which hosts over 20,000 visitors each year and is owned by art collectors Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens. The owners say that the exhibition space is not meant to be an “oasis.” Continue reading »
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 »