July 18, 2017

Belgian Academy of Culture and History

I am delighted to introduce the readers of This is Belgium to a very special  and interesting lady, Mirella Marini.
Mirella is an historical consultant, researcher, author, speaker and founder of the Belgian Academy of Culture and History, she also is a blogger, organizer of events, cultural programs ...
"..... I believe history is the ideal instrument to explain the underlying cultural motives of a people or of a country. It’s important to translate this history into the ‘language of the other’, to bring history from the perspective of the outsider. When these underlying motives, or the Belgian Culture and Identity, are analysed in this way, I believe it will help people to understand Belgium and the Belgians better...".
You can get to know her better, learn about her mission and dreams here

July 07, 2017

Tour de France

Just wanted to show you not everyone is in front of the TV watching the Tour de France.

July 04, 2017

National holiday

                                              photo Els Hattink 
At the occasion of July 4, the American national holiday, I am sending best wishes to all who are celebrating whilst sharing the Belgian Tricolore and  ... a typical refreshment to mark the day. 

June 20, 2017

Cooling down

Who does not enjoy ice cream given the unusual temperatures of the last few days? It offers temporary refreshment for young and old! TiB's crew spotted these two gentlemen enjoying ice cream near the abbey of Averbode. 

May 12, 2017

Starry starry night


The Last Time That I Saw The Stars
by Jay Harold

The last time that I saw the stars
They spun at record speed
Propelled by popped prosecco
Between roses, buds and trees

The last time that I played guitar
I rocked at record speed
I heard my conscience echo
And its sound was bittersweet

The last time that I saw my crew
We crossed some party lines
With Jack and Hen and Tanqueray
Tequila, salt and lime

The last time that I caught the blues
They faded space and time
I had to run so far away
To get them off my mind

The last time that I lost myself
I knew not where to look
My friends pointed the way for me
But oh, the time it took

The last time that I lost myself
I knew where not to look
And now it’s crystal clear to me
But oh, the time it took