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A weekend in Ghent

Ghent (map) is a medieval city in the Flemish region of Belgium, located about an hour’s drive southwest of Antwerp and west of Brussels. In the 13th century, Ghent was one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe, primarily due to its textile industries and trade. The city flourished and many historic buildings […]

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In Flanders Fields (image courtesy of Bernt Rostad).

Ten museums in Belgium to visit

A guest post by Sofie Couwenbergh, a writer and travel blogger from Belgium. Belgium is mostly known for its food and drinks. Visitors to the country want to try our chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. What most of them don’t know is that we also have a very diverse museum landscape. There are museums dedicated […]

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Leuven Town Hall

My velvet escape travel tip: Leuven

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. When I got the question, […]

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A quaint street in Bruges (Academie straat)

Picture perfect Bruges

Bruges or Brugge (in Flemish) is a stunning medieval town in the west of Belgium. This UNESCO World Heritage site is world-famous for its heritage buildings and canals, intricate lace and some yummy delights: mussels and fries (‘moules et frites’, or ‘mosselen en frieten’ in Flemish), CHOCOLATES and BEER! Yes, Bruges is a paradise for […]

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Monk fish, pancetta & couscous

velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Bruges

What: Christmas dinner in Bruges. Where: Assiette Blanche, Bruges, Belgium. Note: Bruges is a gorgeous medieval town in the west of Belgium. The town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famed for its historic monuments, charming canals and wonderful medieval atmosphere, but also for its gastronomic delights. Some of the best restaurants in Belgium are located […]

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