The Belgian coastline may not be the most picturesque in Europe. The wet, gray skies, the constant wind and the blockhouse-like condominiums do not always put one in the mood for a beach holiday. However, in Oostduinkerke, if one turns facing the sea, one can almost forget all of that and imagine oneself in another era. Here in this tiny Flemish town, fishermen continue the traditional method of fishing for shrimp on horseback. It is the only remaining place in the world where this is still practiced.
Besides typical festival sights like parades of boisterous, costumed locals, marching bands, croustillons and of course, plenty of beer, the main symbol of the Binche carnaval is the Gille.
Târte al djote from Nivelles, Belgium.
To say I’ve gotten behind in blogging would be quite an understatement, but I’m sure you’ll all forgive me, right? The past year has been quite a busy time for us with our wedding in September and our move to Québec in October. Needless to say, I’ve been a bit distracted! Leaving Belgium was bittersweet. Though we were excited at the prospect of our new adventure in Canada, Brussels had become our home. During our 3 years there, we’d fallen… Read more »
The Belgian Ardennes under a heavy blanket of snow.
Often passed by on the way to its well-known neighbor Bruges, Ghent is worth a look. A vibrant university city, this East Flemish town has much to offer.
November 2010 Desktop Calendar from Bela Lumo Photography
I’ve been watching cycling from the wrong seats all this time. After our incredible day as special guests of the Tour de France, I will never again see cycling as anything but thrilling.
Now that the Tour is in its final week, the first stage of the race seems like ages ago.
Have you ever seen a working windmill up close? They turn frighteningly quickly once they get going. It’s incredible, really. From afar, windmills seem like peaceful symbols of the rural landscape, but get close and you’ll fully appreciate their power.