As well as the era-defining battle of Waterloo, the two greatest conflicts of modern time have been fought on Belgian soil. World War I and World War II have left Belgium with a legacy of some 800 military cemeteries. Some of these cemeteries contain thousands of graves, but many little village churchyards also have a handful of
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Battle of Waterloo
The late 18th century was a period of massive political upheaval. For centuries France had been
ruled by an absolute monarchy supported by a powerful Catholic church, but in 1789 all this suddenly collapsed.
Feudal, aristocratic and religious privileges evaporated under a sustained att
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In the late 1930’s memories of the Great War were still fresh in the minds of many people and another European conflict seemed unthinkable. Over 37 million casualties, including around
17 million deaths had generated a feeling that peace was to be preserved at almost any cost.
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Belgium is at the linguistic junction between Latin and Germanic Europe. This has shaped both the country’s history and its language, with the result that Belgium is one of the few countries in the world that has no single national language. In fact it has three: Dutch, French and German, which are spread
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De Halve Maan is the only family brewery located in the centre of Bruges that is still active. De Halve Maan offers a brewery trip, has its own museum and restaurant; a warm welcome to visitors is guaranteed.
OSTEND - As a washed-up, drug-haunted American soul-legend, where would you go to clean up, get fit and reconnect with your musical soul? Possibly not (for all its charms) Ostend in the grip of winter.
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LEMBEEK - When you pass Lembeek on the Thalys from Brussels to Paris you probably won’t realise that not far from these railway tracks, one million litres of lambiek is quietly maturing in oak barrels. ... [ more ]
Oerbier is the Dolle Brouwers flagship beer. It was their first commercialized beer and has been in production since 1980. The name refers to the pure origin of the beer as well as... [ more ]
Westvleteren Blond - The lightest beer of the Sint-Sixtus family, when confined to its bottle, only to be recognized by the green cap topping it off. This is the beer that the monk... [ more ]
Dulle Teve is a West-Flemish term - more juicy Belgian dialect, most of the time only understood by those who speak it. And when we talk Belgian beer, the West produces some of the... [ more ]
The prestigious Christmas beer from Esen, as well as the second and last seasonal brews the Dolle Brouwers produce. Stille Nacht translates rather easy and clearly as 'Silent Night... [ more ]
Special Extra Export Stout, as the name rather obviously reveals, was created for the export market. This request came from the brewery’s US distributor.
We don’t know if it’s ... [ more ]
Westvleteren 8 is 12’s little and lesser known brother. It’s sadly also sometimes less appreciated, and is said by some to be the least popular (recognised by its blue bottle cap) ... [ more ]
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