World peoples places

One step out of the door, and one is traveling...
The world. One world.
One fantastic world this is, and so many different places.

 

 Significant places. Ordinary places.
Places to live, to love.
To share.
world peoples places.
By Ruben Alexander

Leuven

BELGIUM – Situated about 20 kilometers north east of Brussels, Leuven (FR: Louvain, population: +/- 100,000) is one of Belgium’s most important student towns. The Catholic University of Leuven (which was bilingual until the French-speaking faculties relocated to the purpose-built town of Louvain la Neuve in 1968) is the oldest and biggest university in the…

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By Ruben Alexander

In and Around Enghien

BELGIUM – Twenty five kilometers south-west of Brussels, Enghien is a small town at meeting point of various regions. Situated just on the Walloon (French-speaking) side of the border with (Dutch-speaking) Flanders, Enghien (NL: Edingen) is one of 12 officially bilingual Belgian municipalities outside of Brussels. It is also on the edge of Picardy, which…

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By Ruben Alexander

Nancy

FRANCE – Nancy is a town of about 100,000 in the northern French region of Lorraine. I went there twice with a friend because another friend lives there. Retrospectively posted on 2019-04-09. The 14th century Porte de la Craffe: Like most French towns, Nancy boasts many elegant 19th century buildings with towers on the corners:…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Original Spa

BELGIUM – Hidden in the wooded hills of the eastern Ardennes, lies the backdrop for stories by Aghatha Christie, a town where the rich and famous (including kings, queens, tsars and tsarinas) used to meet on their holidays. That town is Spa, the place that gave us the word for all resorts with thermal springs….

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By Ruben Alexander

The Dutch Midwest

THE NETHERLANDS – The Achterhoek, which roughly translates as ‘Back Corner’, is a region in the eastern Netherlands that borders Germany to the south and east. Relatively empty by Dutch standards and mostly known for agriculture, it has a reputation in the rest of the country similar to that of the Midwest in the United…

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