Belgium

Tips and Articles in Belgium

The Brussels neighborhood of Motangé emerged in the early 1960's, when Congolese immigrants settled in the area around Porte de Namur. Slowly, it has become the African heart of the EU capital. Look for the mural above the Hema department store (1...
Having grown up in proletarian Moscow, I'm not one to fetishize foie gras or swoon over budget-busting Bordeaux. So what would I say to a tour of Michelin three-star restaurants, Europe's gourmet Elysiums?Eh—not a part of my five-year plan. Too mu...
Ever dreamt of sailing the Neva to visit the czars' summer palace?Or cruising the Rhine, stopping for tastings at vineyards all along the way?Somewhere between traveling by land and by sea lies a blissful medium. It's now possible to sail Europe's...
sydney's new modernismChintz is one thing, but Sydney has long lacked a groovy, posing-in-the-lobby hotel. The Kirketon, in edgy Darlinghurst, fills the gap beautifully, with its champagne bar (a favorite among visiting fashion crews); Fix, a dar...
Most travelers have a favorite hideaway. An Italian pensione that never makes its way into the guidebooks, a breezy beach resort that stays just under the radar. You know: a place you hold so dear that you'd faint if it ever appeared in a national...
q. Where can I stay in London for no more than $150 a night?--G.W.C., Hopkinsville, Ky.a. London is expensive, but there are deals to be found, even near Buckingham Palace. Just steps from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's best bargain ...
If it's Brussels it must be…boring?Retire that joke. The Belgian capital is making a grab for the 21st century with a new energy that suddenly has other European cities wondering how their own pulling power measures up. One source of the excitemen...
Earlier this year, after a long and bloody battle, the executives at Air France raised the white flag. Faced with a plummeting share of the Paris-to-Brussels market, the airline abandoned that route. Instead, it rebooked passengers on the high-spe...
I SIP HOUSE-MADE RIESLING, BUTTER MY ROLL, AND SCAN the 17th-century Flemish tableaux in the dining room at Scholteshof, a gem of a country retreat tucked away in the dowdy Belgian province of Limburg, an hour east of Brussels. The canvases around...
layover (lay-oh-ver) n. An unpleasant break in a journey, during which the traveler is subjected to bland, overpriced food, uncomfortable airport seating, and severe bouts of tedium. If this is your definition of a layover, read on. Your world ma...
I spent much of last summer thinking about description. I was dissatisfied with the attention I'd given in my paintings and my pastels to describing specific things in specific places. I wanted to stop describing. To be good, a picture must captur...
If a company sends employees to Europe or Canada, it may be able to claim hefty refunds of value-added taxes. One VAT specialist estimates that U.S. corporations are missing out on some $800 million in unclaimed refunds each year. While tourists ...
Greece | Hungary | Scotland | England | Portugal | Spain | France | Germany | Belgium | Poland | Road rules | Ins and Outs of Renting a Car in Europe | The Peloponnesus, Greece's hand-shaped southern peninsula, is not the Greece of white stucco h...
Until this fall, the factory complex of Grand-Hornu, in Belgium's mining region, was more likely to conjure up coal than contemporary art. Now the Musée des Arts Contemporains, known as MAC's, has risen phoenix-like from the ruins of the 1...
Moment is one of the fashion world's most popular words. Unlike Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame, a moment doesn't imply a flash of celebrity. In fashion, it's a unanimous nod of approval from a powerful inner circle of style-setting magazine edit...