Tag: Ardennes

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 Real Limburg

BELGIUM – Limburg is the name of two provinces, one in the Netherlands, and the other in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Neither has much to do with the historic Duchy of Limburg, which was an independent country from the 10th to 18th centuries. Most of the Duchy of Limburg lay to the south…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Far East of Belgium

BELGIUM – It is well known that Belgium is divided into two roughly equal parts: Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south. But it is less known that a small part in the east of the Walloon province of Liège is German speaking. Part of an area nowadays simply called Ostbelgien,…

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