Belgium: European Gem (Photo Journey + 5 Fun Facts)

"Palace of Grandeur" (Belgium)

“Palace of Grandeur” (Belgium)

5. Castles. Belgium holds the world record for most castles per square kilometer. (Whatever a kilometer is? haha)

"An Illusion" (Belgium)

“An Illusion” (Belgium)

4. War. Napoleon’s final stand was at Waterloo in Belgium.

"The Path" (Belgium)

“The Path” (Belgium)

3. Music. The saxophone was invented in Belgium in the 1840s.

"Hidden Beauty" (Belgium)

“Hidden Beauty” (Belgium)

2. Space. Belgium’s extensive highway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night (because of the massive amount of lights).

"Worship the Blessed Virgin" (Belgium)

“Worship the Blessed Virgin” (Belgium)

"Beautiful Buildings, Dirty Water" (Belgium)

“Beautiful Buildings, Dirty Water” (Belgium)

1. Beer. An average Belgian drinks 317 pints of beer a year.

"A Day in the Life" (Belgium)

“A Day in the Life” (Belgium)

86 thoughts on “Belgium: European Gem (Photo Journey + 5 Fun Facts)

      1. Sounds great! I moved to a new house a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been having terrible problems with Comcast and my WiFi. Hopefully it’s resolved now. Looking forward to seeing the park pictures. 😀

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  1. Thank you for liking “Flowers at the Farmer Market, 2010.” I thought this was a fantastic post too! 🙂 I like your combination of beautiful colorful photos and fun facts about Belgium. “An Illusion” is my favorite photo, and I really enjoyed learning about Belgium’s noteworthy castle count. I am also self-conscious that our measurement system here is different from the one used by the rest of the world. I have been talking about summer temperatures here in Sacramento to bloggers who live in Europe, and I have had to use one of those online Fahrenheit to Celsius converters to make it easier for them to know just how hot it gets here. 🙂

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      1. You are welcome. 🙂 Yes, I enjoyed this post. It must be kind of annoying constantly having to do metric conversions for distances and the weight of things when you are on the road. I hope you and your family have a Happy Fourth of July! 🙂

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  2. Beautiful pics & very informative. I hope you were only joking when you asked what a kilometre was. It is the standard unit of measurement used in India, not many here would understand what a mile is 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Haha. Yes, of course, I was kidding. It was a joke for my fellow Americans – since we use a different measuring system than most of the world. Funny, we even spell it different – “kilometer” not “kilometre.” We like to be different here. lol. Thanks for the kind words, and for the comment. I really enjoy all my new connections in India. It has been very rewarding to communicate with and learn from people in a land so rich in history and culture, such as your nation – India! Have a great day. 🙂

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    1. Haha. Thanks! That’s very nice of you!! In all honesty, the common thread that weaves through all my endeavors is my effort to connect with other people and make them smile – either through art or practical help. (I followed your lead in this post by submitting some trivia!!) 🙂

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  3. Thank you for putting my country in the picture !!!! Love all of your pictures 🙂 Wish I could welcome you in Antwerp on your next trip, but I live now in your country and I love it 🙂

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    1. Hi Irene! Thank you. Yeah, this was my first experience with the smelly water. lol My Dutch wife grew up right on the Holland / Belgium border, so we often fly into Belgium to visit her parents. I have been to Belgium often, but never in the heat we had during our trip. It was California hot!!

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