I’ve landed at the Chapel of St. Brice of Tours on a sunny spring day just at the beginning of my preparation for setting off for my Camino. (more…)
Have you ever just got in the car and driven without any particular destination, just driven along the streets to see what the chance will offer you.
Thus, I found such forgotten places as (more…)
Hiking in nature is not my type of adventures, but if it comes to an area with so densely located monuments of different kinds as the Ferschweiler Plateau, I am ready to walk kilometers long and bear up against the muscle pain during the next couple of days with stoicism.
The first thing that I’ve came across (more…)
If I have a considerable amount of historical data and pictures, why not to show you places that you’ll probably never see (unless you are a local person and you take these sites for granted). And I found them not elsewhere, but in the issue “Mysteries around churches and chapels (in East Belgium)”. So, the information that I have about them is not “just information”. (more…)
Eupen is another story. And now I can show you the architecture and all, and you can decide for yourself. Nevertheless, I cannot say I like this city. It’s a bit too plain, cold and not interesting. Well, maybe this feeling is because of the acquaintances I’ve made in this town.
Mentioned for the first time in 1213, Eupen is the biggest city and capital (more…)
Chased by a watchdog, accompanied by a Belgian whose every other sentence is “it is not allowed”, on a cold sunless day (which is something that you have to get to use to, because you know this famous ad at the Brussels airport – ‘Chocolate is best when it’s kept out of the sun. No surprise that the best is found in Belgium.’), but I’ve managed to (more…)
I had no intentions to make reviews of hotels. But a castle is a castle. And this is my greatest passion, as you already know. Who’s said, that Belgium is the country with the highest density of castles per square kilometer, when Château d’Urspelt is only 5 km away from Château de Clervaux. I know, I know – there is no such country as Belgium, where the castles arise one after another from the left and from the right when you drive down the interurban roads. (more…)
The area of the forest of Tinseubois was known in the past as ‘the old castle’ due to the hunting lodge and all the adjacent buildings, constructed by Baron Rotsart de Hertaing who in 1857 acquired a 40-hectar terrain there.
The second wife of the baron (more…)
Maybe you are wondering why I am showing you all these little, hidden, and forgotten temples. (But if you’re already here, you’re probably not). They all have something in common – interesting or mysterious background, often lacking any historical documents. And of course, on the vast majority of them, there is no information in English at all.
The Chapell of St. Stephen in Oberlascheid isn’t an exception. On the contrary, (more…)
On the track of the Knights Templar – part 1
I want to show you one simple place, yet at the same time, a place of great sacral importance. Because just as the Grail of Indiana Jones wasn’t gold and jeweled, but was just a simple clay cup, the most valuable things aren’t shiny and do not catch the eye.
In the guide-book of the East Cantons in Belgium, by Jean-Marc Gay and Jean-Marc Huygen, the Chapel of St. Bartholomew in Wiesenbach is defined as one of the most significant treasures of (more…)