La Belgique

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La Belgique

Postby GoogaMooga » 03 May 2021, 10:57

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What do we love most about Belgium?

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Re: La Belgique

Postby der Freiherr » 03 May 2021, 13:22

GoogaMooga wrote:What do we love most about Belgium?


I've never been! :shock:
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Re: La Belgique

Postby The Fish » 03 May 2021, 13:25

I'd never noticed that another "fanous Belgian" Magritte is almost an anagram of Maigret.

And as music fans let's not forget we have Belgium to thank for the saxophone and Jacques Brel
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Rorschach » 03 May 2021, 13:25

Brother Spoon
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Re: La Belgique

Postby The Fish » 03 May 2021, 13:27

and that Shadow chap seems a decent enough fellow
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Rorschach » 03 May 2021, 13:54

Yeah. And him.
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Re: La Belgique

Postby harvey k-tel » 03 May 2021, 13:56

Isn't that him peering over the top of that cone of chips?
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Postby Six String » 03 May 2021, 19:41

harvey k-tel wrote:Isn't that him peering over the top of that cone of chips?


I was wondering the same thing!
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Re: La Belgique

Postby der Freiherr » 03 May 2021, 20:00

Dr. Baron wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:What do we love most about Belgium?


I've never been! :shock:


It’s on my list, of course.
I’m into cold, dark places with old buildings, chocolate, weird beer, and fried potatoes. Mayonnaise is a bonus!
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Brother Spoon » 04 May 2021, 06:38

Rorschach wrote:Brother Spoon


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Re: La Belgique

Postby mudshark » 07 May 2021, 22:17

Wanted to revive this thread with a contemplation. I really like La Belgique. Spent a week in Dinant in the summer of 2019. Beautiful nature, wonderful history, great beer (Leffe!). But something is amiss down there: the people in general (yes, in general) seem arrogant and even reclusive. It's an area that depends heavily on tourism etc, yet the 3 restaurants we went only had menus in French. Not in Dutch/Flemish or German which both are official languages in Belgium, so let alone in English. And the personnel seemed to love the fact that their clientele was struggling to figure out what they were actually serving. And we didn't see a lot of 'happy' people. I'm wondering: what's eating Dinant? (so actually not a contemplation...)
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Darkness_Fish » 08 May 2021, 09:58

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Bars that have massive beer menus.
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Samoan » 08 May 2021, 10:38

My life is not any the lesser for never having been to Bruges.

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Re: La Belgique

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 08 May 2021, 11:41

Just saw this thread as I rarely venture out to Nextdoorland. I only have two words:



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Re: La Belgique

Postby robertff » 08 May 2021, 11:47

Rene Magritte, dame Blanche, frites, mayonnaise and steaks, waffles, Leonidas chocolate, mussels and frites.


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Re: La Belgique

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 08 May 2021, 11:51

mudshark wrote:Wanted to revive this thread with a contemplation. I really like La Belgique. Spent a week in Dinant in the summer of 2019. Beautiful nature, wonderful history, great beer (Leffe!). But something is amiss down there: the people in general (yes, in general) seem arrogant and even reclusive. It's an area that depends heavily on tourism etc, yet the 3 restaurants we went only had menus in French. Not in Dutch/Flemish or German which both are official languages in Belgium, so let alone in English. And the personnel seemed to love the fact that their clientele was struggling to figure out what they were actually serving. And we didn't see a lot of 'happy' people. I'm wondering: what's eating Dinant? (so actually not a contemplation...)



Dinant has nice surroundings but is a depressing little town. The fact that restaurants there have a menu in French only probably proves their owners only speak the local lingo. And don't care if you do or don't. Says enough really.
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Re: La Belgique

Postby mudshark » 08 May 2021, 21:58

Does it say enough? Dinant has the potency to be a main tourist attraction, especially for music affecionados. Adolphe Sax is born there, for Sax' sake!. But other than a bunch of funky saxophones placed randomly on the main bridge across the river they don't do anything with that heritage. Their citadel is more impressive than the one in Namur/Namen and the guide in the local cave smokes and shares well-rolled joints while conducting the tour towards the centre of the earth. I never experienced that in Han or during any other cave tour (oh, except in Austin, but that's a way different story altogether).

So they have breath-taking nature, a swimmable river, the ultimate sax-connection, the Leffe brewery and Citadel for the compulsory educational tour, plus a dope-smoking caveman. In other words, Is there a better place on earth for the next footy-up than sunny Dinant? Let's do it before the Chinese overrun it. Et naturellement, les frites sont savoureuses!
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 09 May 2021, 08:57

mudshark wrote: Et naturellement, les frites sont savoureuses!



I beg to differ. The Walloons are notoriously bad at cooking frites. In Flanders however a frituur (or friterie) is a place of worship for the noble potato and the art of proper prepairing.
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Re: La Belgique

Postby Jock » 09 May 2021, 09:24

I've been to Ostend. With workmates to play football. More beer than football, though. So it's kinda blurry :lol: :lol:
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