April 19, 2015

Pancakes in Damme

You can tell from the date of my previous post that it took me a long time to get to Damme.  Did I bike along the canal to get there? Not really!
At "Ter Kloeffe" in Damme tourists  and locals go to watch a variety of pancakes being made  right there and then enjoy them with a glass of cider or local beer.

April 10, 2015

On way to Damme




Damme about 6 km from Bruges is a magical place! Both towns were linked together in the 13th century, Damme was Bruges' harbor.

April 09, 2015

Easter holiday

A favorite to many, participants and public,  the minigolf in Duinbergen, part of the commune Knokke-Heist, followed by a warm Belgian waffle on the boardwalk nearby.

April 04, 2015

Zichem




Zichem, part of the commune Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, is a small village in the plain of the river Demer in Northeast Belgium. There is a lot to discover there, especially for lovers of history, literature and legends.
Zichem is the birthplace of popular author Ernest Claes, 1885-1968, who made his mark with De Witte (1920), a regional story about a playful “white”-haired boy full of mischief. The book was made into a film in 1934 and again in 1980. The statue of Claes and De Witte celebrates the author’s 100th birthday. 
The Maagdentoren (which translates as “Virgin Tower”), a dungeon erected in 1383 and now under restoration, is considered a heritage of exceptional value for the region.
The Saint Eustachian church, 1300 - 1500, is an example of Demer Gothic architecture and a proud witness to Zichem's place in the Middle Ages.
If you are interested in what it takes to maintain and restore buildings made from Diestian sandstone, the typical building stone of the Hageland area that was widely used at the height of its economic and demographic expansion in the 14th to 16th centuries, see: 
https://lirias.kuleuven.be/bitstream/123456789/401423/1/Verstrynge.pdf/
http://lib.ugent.be/en/catalog/pug01:4111477                                                                                

March 29, 2015

Village du Pain

The Village du Pain on Place Brugmann is perfect for late breakfast/lunch/brunch, a very cosy place with a great ambiance.
Many customers just hop in to take out the bread, croissants, quiches and pastries. Sur place, however, you can enjoy a varied selection of  salads, homemade pancakes genre galettes from Brittany, many different toasts (my favourite is the one with artichokes and grey Northsea shrimp), lasagnes, etc ., not to mention delicious coffees and cappuccinos offered with homemade brownies. Friendly service and just simply a fun place to enjoy time by yourself, or to get to know other customers when you are seated at the restaurant's long table. 
Ideal for brunch on a rainy Sunday like today -- and even better outside on the Place Brugmann terrace on a warm sunny day.
Village du Pain, Place Brugmann 32, 1050 Ixelles, tel 02-343.01.59
see also the review on
 https://tastesofbrussels.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/stop-off-here-for-coffee-village-du-pain/

March 24, 2015

In and around Brussels' Atomium



 On a rainy evening near the Atomium
Brussels Expo, Oceade Water Park, Soccer etc 


March 21, 2015

Random


 Photography teaches us many things, to enjoy time spent waiting at traffic lights is (probably the most important) one, to appreciate different kinds of architecture is too. It is said that the white Citroen garage in the last picture will become the home of a new Modern Art Museum in Brussels one day...