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Presenter : Katy Haswell

Belgium & Luxembourg

Our traveller Katy Haswell visits Belgium and Luxembourg, two countries that are somewhat overlooked despite being at the crossroads of Europe and finds that although they’re small inimage:Katy Haswell watches the horse back shrimp fishing in Oostduinkirke, Belgium stature, they’re big in attractions. Starting in Antwerp in Belgium, Katy visits the stunning townhouse of the famous Renaissance painter Rubens before giving into her sweet tooth at one of the ever present Belgian chocolate shops. The city is also the centre of the world’s diamond trade and Katy goes to the district to learn about its ancient traditions.

Then it’s off to Bruges, a medieval gem where she tries her hand at lace making and carillion bell ringing. On the coast in Oostduinkirke, Katy watches the traditional form of horse back shrimp fishing before traveling to the First World War battle fields surrounding Ypres where she discovers some trenches exactly as they were left many decades ago.

From here she journeys to the capital Brussels where she discovers art noveau, sea snail street food, the EU headquarters, cartoon murals and the medieval festival of the Ommegang image:  carnivalheld in its central square. Stopping off to learn about the famous battle of 1815 in Waterloo, Katy continues to the tiny town of Hasselt where she stays in a castle before visiting the beautiful caves of the Ardennes and watching one of Belgium’s 400 varieties of beer being brewed.

Then it’s over to Luxembourg where Katy learns about the Battle of the Bulge trail and samples one of the many festivals that take place here, proving there’s a lot more to these small countries than meet the eye!

 

 

With thanks to…

Fly BMI airline

Flanders tourist board, UK

Belgium tourist board

Holiday autos vehicle hire

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