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    European politics and world class food

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    European politics and world class food

How to enjoy Belgium

A trip to Belgium is the gastronomic equivalent of skiing in Aspen or surfing in Hawaii. The country is world class when it comes to culinary art and glitters in Michelin Stars. To put it simply, your tastebuds will love you

  • Belgium’s national sport is cycling. Visit the Paris-Roubaix pavé cobblestones and see why the race is nick-named the Hell of the North
  • Bruges is an exquisitely preserved medieval town just north of Brussels, where the charming architecture is reflected in the many lovely canals
  • Rather bizarrely, Brussels’ most popular tourist attraction is the Mannekin Pis. It is a statue of a small boy doing, well, what small boys do well

Various things bring together the northern Dutch-dialect speaking Flemish and southern French-speaking Walloons. One is cycling and, in particular, cycling legend Eddie Merckx. Another is a love a food. Mussels and fries (Mosselen Frituur or Moules Frites depending on where you order them) is one of the most famous national dishes. The fries are served with mayonnaise. Once you try it you will never use ketchup again.

The Belgians take their beer seriously too and none more so than the Trappist monks who brew six of the more than 400 varieties of beer made in the country. Take a pilgrimage to visit a brewery such as Achel in the north or Rochefort in the south. In the nation’s capital, Brussels, see the powerhouse of European politics at the European Parliament, stock up with the world’s best chocolate in the lanes around the Grand Place and visit the giant molecule, the Atomium, built for the 1958 World Fair.

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    When to visit Belgium

    Visit in September to sample the wares of Belgium’s top breweries at the Beer Weekend in Brussels. Head over to the Parc du Cinquantenaire and catch the annual Waiters’ Race, where professional Garçons sprint while carrying trays of glasses and bottles.

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