Anybody who knows anything about Belgian history also knows that it is impossible to think about it without also thinking of the Great War. From 1914 until 1918, the little country of Belgium was almost completely occupied by German forces. Today, one hundred years later, there is a lot that still reminds us of the … Continue reading The Great War: The 100-year remembrance of the Battle of Passchendaele
Hohenschönhausen, East Berlin, November 1984. Red lights go on in the hallway. “Stehen bleiben, Blick nach unten,” (Stand still, look down) the guard says to a prisoner. When the lights go out, the prisoner is brought into the interrogation room… So begins the film Das Leben der Anderen* (The Lives of Others, 2006) about the … Continue reading The power of remembrance: The Stasi Prison in Berlin, Hohenschönhausen.
When you think of Brussels, the word ‘underground’ usually is not the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, chocolate, the Atomium, beer, The Grand Place, or Manneken Pis would all be appropriate things to associate Brussels with. What many people have yet to discover is that, apart from the subway, the city also has … Continue reading Brussels underground: the former Coudenberg Palace.
At the outskirts of Belgium lies a little town mostly known for its cheese and beer: Chimay. But what many don’t know is that Chimay has something a little bit more magical to offer: a beautiful castle right in the middle of town. You may say that there are a lot of castles in the … Continue reading Discover the castle of Chimay with an iPad as personal guide.
You might think the title of this post is a bit weird, but reusing a grave is already done a long time. When I was following a guided tour at the central graveyard of Bruges this concept struck me... The concept of reusing a grave might be new to some of you, but it's been … Continue reading Reuse a Grave.
The city of Bruges is known for its beautiful medieval buildings, but at the outskirts you can discover something totally different… At the Heritage Day Flanders I convinced my parents to visit a former power station in Bruges, called the cathedral of labor by the inhabitants. As a newbie in industrial heritage, it would become … Continue reading The Cathedral of Labor.