Flanders is the predominantly Dutch-speaking region in the north of Belgium, which surrounds the bilingual capital of Brussels
. Hearty soups and meaty stews are traditional fare in Flanders, along with the eponymous moules frites
, you’ll also find rabbit dishes and, if you're very brave, you could try some anguilles au vert
: eels in a green sauce.
The colourful, typical Flemish medieval houses and the picturesque canals of Bruges
have earned the city centre a place on the Unesco World Heritage list. The city is brimming with architectural treasures and its many museums contain fine collections of art. The Groeningemuseum
covers six centuries of Flemish painting, with several masterpieces by van Eyck, who lived and worked in Bruges. If you’re with the family, the kids are sure to love Choco Story
, the chocolate museum, where you can discover all about the chocolate making process in Belgium.Antwerp
is the world’s diamond capital: it is here that many jewellers source their diamonds. Stop by the Diamond Museum
to admire some impressive rocks, see some stunning vintage jewellery and learn how the diamond industry operates. Antwerp is also big on fashion: after you’ve done a bit of shopping, you can see some fabulous couture in the city’s museums.
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