October 29, 2014

Spanish restaurant in Brussels

                                 town hall photo by Nuria

The Spanish restaurant La cueva de Castilla "... concocts creative and delicious Spanish dishes. They take the typical specialties right from the Iberian Peninsula and let Chef Roberto go at it. On their menu you can choose exactly what you are in the mood for in an appetizer portion or as the entrée along with any sides you would like… If your mouth isn’t watering yet, come and try the roasted dorado with sherry sauce, grilled swordfish with piquillo pepper, large grilled prawns, paellas, ham hock, chicken with garlic and lemon… all of this with “verduras,” “patatas,” “salsas”…"
I highly recommend a Spanish evening at this restaurant preceded or followed by a walk in the immediate vicinity where you can admire magnificent art deco houses, the absolutely gorgeous Schaerbeek town hall and stroll along the Alfred Verwee street, named after a painter known for his depictions of animals, landscapes and seascapes. 
Place Colignon 14
1030 Schaerbeek

October 26, 2014


 A few weeks ago I had found a great observatory spot on a bench on Ostend's dike. It goes without saying that I could not help photographing this trio in their efforts to get rid of the sand on their feet. 

October 25, 2014


                                   photo by Els Hattink
This is not my favorite season, at least not in the city. 
Fall has arrived in Brussels.

October 24, 2014

Chantal Neveu

Chantal Neveu is a Canadian poet, author and interdisciplinary artist, who spent a few weeks in Belgium as a participant in Passa Porta's program "writers in residence". She lives in Montreal.
She is described as "an innovative creative producer who works in a variety of media", "she mixes multiple forms of art to deliver new insights into language and culture".
I had the great pleasure of meeting this interesting lady at Villa Hellebosh, a charming country house on an unique piece of property in Vollezele, a small village about 30 km from Brussels.

October 21, 2014

Roger Brawn shows portraits from rural Normandy

      photo by Els Hattink 

Roger Brawn, an English photographer living in Brussels since 1987 and studying at the RHOK art school in Etterbeek, describes his project "Portraits from rural Normandy" as a project concerning a village in rural Normandy where the pressures of modern life are imposing change on a hitherto mainly agricultural community. The countryside is becoming increasingly urbanised. While farms decrease in number each year and those remaining grow ever bigger and more mechanised, the village is still home to a generation of older inhabitants whose presence is testimony to the earlier tradition of the self-sufficient smallholding.
Frequent guest photographer Els Hattink brought this event to my attention and sent the photo of Roger in front of his work. Thank you, Els!

October 19, 2014

Enjoying October

                               photos by guest photographer Els Hattink
Els shows Brussels' Place Keym, Watermael-Boitsfort on Satuday afternoon, second half of October. Delightful.Is anyone else out there is interested on showing work as a guest photographer or blogger on This is Belgium?  The only prerequisite is a link to Belgium and observance of the policy: no religion, politics, advertisement and the likes.

October 16, 2014


                              photos Marie-france André
After living abroad,  Marie-france André is on a rediscovery tour of Belgium.  She okayed the sharing of her wonderful pictures of our beautiful Ardennes, for which I am grateful. Marie-france's trip is not finished, it seems. More to come!
"The village of Vierves is listed among the most beautiful villages of Wallonia. At the start of the walk, you will walk along the impressive castle of the Barons of Vierves and later on of the Hamal family. Via an alley you descent (sic) towards the bridge over the Viroin before you start climbing the Ardennes slope".