December 07, 2013
The Texas Bar Journal in Recess published an article " Spreading the cheer, how an Austin solo attorney brought good (read: Belgian) beer to town in the late 1970s and continues to help the local brewing industry thrive".
Jim Houchins' special relationship with Belgium began in 1976 when, after finishing law school at the University of Texas, he spent a year studying International Law in Brussels. The rest of the story you can read in the article above.
Unfortunately because of the size of Blogger's template, I did not succeed in getting the whole article reproduced here in one go, hence the copy/paste of screenshots and a link to the original text below.
Jim has been back in Belgium on business many times and I have done some reporting on one of his previous visits here: http://whatisbelgium.blogspot.be/2012/03/belgian-beer.html
December 06, 2013
According to the legends, the good old man sends his helpers from the roof tops down the chimneys at night to deliver presents right into the good children's homes. These manoevers explain of course the helpers' faces. There are many other versions.
Suffice it to say that December 6 is a fun day for the kids in Belgium who all wake up earlier than usual, curious to see what the Saint had brought them.
I wish all of them a very happy Sinterklaas/Saint Nicolas!
I have written about the Saint Nic celebrations on December 6 before
December 05, 2013
I was so much in awe with the stunning Art Nouveau interior at the Buca di Bacco restaurant in Schaerbeek (Brussels) that I forgot to take photographs of the food.
Honestly, the restaurant is relatively small and it offers food for all one's senses.
December 04, 2013
December 01, 2013
"Bozar" refers to several artistic departments of the Beaux Arts museums in Brussels. It is home to the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Société Philharmonique/Philharmonische Vereniging which invites the world's major orchestras and performers to appear in the Le Boeuf Hall, with its oval shape and interesting architecture. The pictures were taken on the occasion of Cecilia Bartoli's concert a week ago.
November 24, 2013
The sight of this charming woman, who had a special poise and presence about her, showing up in a Snack Express Bar in Brussels, spontaneously made me think of the hugely popular Humans of New York blog.
I asked her if she would agree for me to take her photo and she asked me: "Why and what for?" My answer - "not particularly sure and not a very specific reason" - made her smile as you can see. On the way out, I did give her a little piece of sandwich wrapping paper on which I had written down the references to TiB. Since then I've followed the recommendation I've received from a number of you and printed TiB cards that I can give out on occasions such as this one. Great tip!