Hip Guide to Belgium

Whether you come for a historical tour, a religious pilgrimage, or a taste of Belgian culture, you will find a warm welcome in Belgium. The Hip Guide to Belgium offers highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.
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La Brouette

La Brouette

Grand Place

Brussels

Salles De Banquets & Reunions

‘A Votre Disposition’

2 Triple Westmalle Beers – 7.20 euros (290 Belgian Francs) including IVA and service.

On the Grand Place, in Brussels, is a café named La Brouette, where we stopped by one Saturday afternoon for a drink. The ‘Place’ was packed, with stalls offering regional food and drink lined up in the center, and of course, hordes of tourists and locals milling around. We had a fine view and listen to the drum and fife band from Asturias in Spain, tried in vain to get a plate of… Continue reading

Mesnil Eglise, Belgium

I moved from Brussels to the little town of Mesnil Eglise (yes, Belgium) and see from the 75 habitants half of them are old and new tekno-hippies. From the solar energy professor to artists and bio food producers all invite friends to spend the summer in the woods of the Ardennes. This makes a lot of people smokin’ and roamin’ the 3 streets of the village… The melting pot with the original farmers worked well out during the last 25 years.

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Manneken Pis in Brussels

The most famous statue in Brussels, Belgium. Every year there is a festival whereby they pump hard apple cider through the works, and pass around cups of ‘pee’ to the celebrants and wandering passer-byes.

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Flea Markets and More in Brussels

Belgium has been a center of the art world for centuries, and the flea markets abound with some amazing finds. Bring a flashlight to look thru dusty stacks of canvases, and a magnifying glass for checking out those ancient sterling silver or gold hallmarks. Generally be prepared to have fun, but you might get dusty and thirsty.

The antiques markets in the area of Place du Grand Sablon are the best, and offer a myriad of objects d’art for visitors on the maze of streets emanating from the square, and in the square itself. Saturdays from 9 am to 5… Continue reading

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