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Belgium

If Belgium's spotlight on the European stage is a little dim, it's only because its people are rarely boastful. This slow-burning country has more history, art, food and architecture packed into its tiny self than many of its bigger, louder neighbours. A rich and bubbling vat of beer, chocolate, oil paint and bureaucrats, Belgium gives off the heady pong of the bourgeoisie. Stir the pot a little and you'll find an 'artificial state' roughly made up of two parts Germanic Flemings to one part Celtic-Latin Walloons. Divided by pride first and language second, the country's binding agents are a pervasive sense of family and an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit. Visitors, lulled by the locals' friendliness, will probably not even notice the tensions spark across the Linguistic Divide.

 

 

Bastogne

Belgian Coast

Binche

Bouillon

Dinant

Eupen

Flanders - Belgium

Leuven

Liege

Mechelen

Mons/Bergen, Belgium

Namur

Oostende

Orval

Rochefort

Spa

Tournai

Waterloo

Willemstad, Belgium

Ypres