Category Archives: Belgium

A source of water – and of trouble.

The River Nile is the longest river in the world at 6,853  kms (ok, some say the River Amazon is longer). It rises in central Africa and  flows north eventually through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.  Yet its source was … Continue reading

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Belgian Village on the Thames

The UK was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees during World War One, the largest single influx in the country’s history.  Germany had invaded Belgium in August 1914 en route for France.  The Belgians fought back but had little chance.  They … Continue reading

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A taste of Belgium

The Cafe “Pain Quotidien” is sent to us from Brussels. Le Pain Quotidien is a bakery-restaurant group founded in Brussels in 1990 by Alain Coumont. It is now an international chain of bakery-restaurants.  A feature is a communal table,  reminiscent of a farmhouse  table … Continue reading

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Beers International

You can travel the world on the beer shelves at your local supermarket. These are thanks to Tesco’s.   Let’s keep ’em coming.

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A Fine Gift from Portugal

18th June 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo,  just south of Brussels in Belgium,  when the Duke of Wellington with the support of Marshall Blucher of Prussia finally defeated Napoleon. The Duke’s previous encounter with Napoleon had … Continue reading

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