"For his next milestone birthday, husband has decided that he'd like to see more of his fatherland, Belgium. Now I have up to 2 years to plan the road trip. Wheee! (or, Boo! for the long wait.) I love trip-planning! I'm hoping to be able to squeeze in a visit to a couple of places in France and Germany but we shall see. It's going to be tough to top this year's trip to Iceland but I'll certainly try my darndest to make the Belgium trip at least half as exciting.
(Belgium wouldn't be my first choice. Sadly I've had my milestone birthday for this decade...)"
"Missing: the best place to have Belgian Waffles in Belgium. If you know it - please write address and name of the place in comments.
@Origin (@rigin) is a delicious travel&eat goals list for you - it is the collection of world famous dishes and drinks, that you must try at the place of their origin."
"At the Battle of Fleurus on 26 June 1794, the hot air balloon L’Entreprenant provided reconnaissance of the battlefield to the French commanders on the ground.
The balloon was captained by Jean-Marie-Joseph Coutelle, of the Company of Aeronauts, who has worked on the balloon with scientist Antoine Lavoisier."
"News of the French victory at Fleurus reached Paris in record time using Claude Chappe's telegraph - an ingenious relay of semaphore towers. For the first time, messages were travelling long distance at the speed of light.
Ultimately a network of 556 stations, covering more than 3000 miles was built to carry both military and commercial messages."
"Had the opportunity to visit the house opposite of mine as it's for sale.
Villa Demeestere was built in 1925, and what an amazing building this is!
The architect, Marcel Tock, used holly as a theme. There are holly hedges, holly woodcarvings, holly motives in the stained glass, holly shaped door handles, the list goes on.
The villa has been empty for over 5 years now, and is in dire need of a thorough restoration.
This will no doubt be expensive, but then the house is for sale for less than 500.000EUR, which is cheap(ish).
It's quite tempting, but i'll have my hand full with my own project.
"Another architectural gem for sale, this one by Victor Horta, one of the best Art Nouveau architects.
Built between 1899 and 1901 for industrialist Valère Carpentier as a holiday retreat.
Still no buyer after more than 2 years..."
"Built by the Romans during the first century in Belgian Gaul, Tournay experienced most of its growth along the Scheldt river. Unfortunately, the river also contributed to its troubles, because in 881, the Normans traversed its watery path, and thereby easily captured the city. That act of aggression stunted Tournay's prosperity. This game invites you to participate in the reconstruction of the city, in order to establish a glorious era that will last for more than seven centuries. Help your district flourish by cleverly coordinating the work of the city's three domains: military, religious, and civil. Certainly the prestige of your buildings will brighten the entire city!"