Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Dog from Nivelles

On Monday morning, May 28, 2012 we took a taxi to the Gare de Nivelles to board the next train to Brussels. It was after the commute hours and there were just a few people standing around. And a dog. … Continue reading

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St Nicholas Church in Brussels

On Monday May 28, 2012 we arrived in Brussels (Bruxelles in French; Brussel in Dutch) on the train from Nivelles,  settled in at our hotel on Place de Brouckere and then decided to go out and explore the old central … Continue reading

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A Famous Shopping Arcade in Brussels

On our first day in Brussels in May of 2012 we walked up the hill from our hotel to visit the Grand Place and environs and on our way came across one of Europe’s first great shopping arcades: The Galeries … Continue reading

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Irish Monks and Belgian Beer

Belgians like beer. They have red, white, blonde, amber, brown, pale, dark, fruity, bitter, creamy, leafy, vanilla, peppery, and nutty beers. Some Belgian beers taste like chocolate, some coffee. There’s even one that has a banana taste. There are more … Continue reading

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Touring the Collegiate Church of Sainte Gertrude in Nivelles

After our lunch on Sunday, May 27, 2012 my wife and I walked down the hill with our friend George DeCat to visit the Collegiate Church of Ste Gertrude. The tour we received was entirely in French with George acting … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Charlemagne in Nivelles

I thought we said goodbye to Charlemagne in Aachen when we jumped into Dan Flynn’s Volvo and headed west to Belgium. But Charlemagne’s spirit must have stayed with us to Henri-Chapelle, Verviers, Brussels and all the way to Nivelles when … Continue reading

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Visiting High School Classmates in Belgium

It was my first day in my Sophomore year in high school and we were being seated alphabetically (more or less) and I found myself sitting behind a slender blonde kid named George DeCat. I got to see the back … Continue reading

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