Brussels’s Market of Midi

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Every year we go to the Midi Market of Brussels several times. We normally have a quick look at vegetables, traditional cheese and spices. We spend most of time in the Flower Market, a huge…

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Ghent’s Cathedral, its masterpieces & a whale

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Ghent’s Cathedral is a remarkable tall building measuring about 90 m, in the Flemish city of Belgium. The today’s building is a result of a construction and transformation project which took centuries to complete. The…

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Ghent, where medievality & modernity live together

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Spending one day in Ghent is enough to feel the city’s dynamic life, appreciate its architectural heritage and find out more about its rich history. While walking we noticed the traces of the fourteen centuries…

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Ghent Altarpiece glorifies Christianity

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For years I struggled to go to Ghent and see the original of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which is known as the Ghent Altarpiece, a representative World Heritage art masterpiece housed by the St. Bavo Cathedral.

I saw the lamb, the central character of the Altar at an early age. The lamb was featured in a number of Art History school books as a separate piece of artwork. What intrigued me was the white and yellow arcs surrounding the lamb.

The Ghent Altarpiece, which is authored by brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, is placed on the top of the list of the most stolen pieces of artwork. The history preserves evidences that Napoleon fell in love with it and robbed it while Hitler was anxious to get it.

Experts agree that the Ghent Altarpiece is the most referential piece of art of the humanity. It illustrates the…

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Brussels’s 2018 Flower Carpet honours a longstanding Mexican tradition

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Every two years Brussels’s Grand Place becomes the World’s Begonia Capital. Belgian horticulturists craft a flower carpet which has been a unique touristic attraction over the past 47 years. This year’s event is dedicated to…

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Brussels’s Royal Palace speaks Belgian

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Belgium, our adoptive country, proves to be the bridge between Germanic and Latin Europe. Over the centuries, the historical context enhanced the country’s culture, making it particular and complex to a certain extent. Belgium is…

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Aachen or how to connect tradition to modernity

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We never get tired of visiting Aachen, the westernmost German city, closed to the Belgian border. This is the fourth time when we went to see it. From Brussels it takes about one hour and…

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