Apart from borderlines, Belgium shares the history, culture, and opulence of its neighbors France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, making Belgium a melting pot of various European lifestyles, cuisines, and architectural styles. Its strategic location at the crossroads of Western Europe also helped propel Belgium to stardom, from a tribal Roman province, to the bastion of many great empires, stage of famous wars such as the Battle of Waterloo, and to one of today's richest nations in terms of culture and economy.
Home of the Belgian chocolate
Belgium is divided into three regions-Flanders, Brussels, and Wallonia. As the founding member of the European Union, Belgium is also the capital of the EU, which is based in Belgium's capital, Brussels, best-known for its Art Nouveau high-rises, grand palaces, and shops selling the world-famous Belgian chocolate. Brussels is a bilingual city with both French and Dutch as the official languages. Thus, it is common for streets and landmarks to have two different sounding names. The city's multicultural essence is also reflected in its African neighborhood in Matonge district, as well as by Saint-Gilles, a concentration of French, Portuguese, Spanish, Maghrebi and Polish communities.
Land of the avant-garde
North of Belgium is Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region that cradles Belgium's second-biggest city, Antwerp. More than 70 percent of the world's diamonds are traded in Antwerp, thus, it is called the “world's leading diamond city.” Apart from its jewelry, Antwerp has built a reputation on its artistic and intellectual culture, which has produced a long list of personalities-from Baroque painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens to today's avant-garde fashion designers Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester.
Venice of the North
While Antwerp boasts of modern buildings and nightlife, its neighbors Brugge, Ghent, and Wallonia are noted for their festivals and medieval architecture. Brugge has been dubbed “Venice of the North” for its winding canals. Wallonia, Belgium's southern French-speaking region, is celebrated for its fairytale-like castles, 12th-century Cathedral of Notre Dame, rolling hills of Ardennes, and the ancient town of Spa, the origin of the therapeutic bath.
VEDDHAS IN SRI LANKA
The term Vadda must have derived form the Pali and Sanskrit word Vddha meaning hunter or huntsman.According to Wilhelm Geiger Vaddas of Sri Lanka were an aboriginal tribe perhaps related to the ancient tribes of south India. They were inhabiting the island long before the coming of Aryans an had spread all over the island and later confined only to Vadi rata or Maha Vadi rata consisting of ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
Amorgos | An unusualy beautiful island in Greece
At the eastern end of the Cyclades, next to the Dodecanese islands, with its elongated shape and the rocky nature, Amorgos is 138 nautical miles from Piraeus (about 9 hours by ferry) and has an area of ??134 square kilometers. According to a financial blog they are investing in many tourist attractions and amenities. If you decide to get there from Piraeus the trip is much easier, since you ... Read full Blog post
San Gimignano and San Pellegrino
Night falls on the flourishing and industrious San Gimignano, its 72 towers stand on the low roofs of the houses lit by the moon. This is not a luxury travel spot but is something you don't see every day. In the distance the clatter of hooves echoed tired in the Via Francigena. The hand of the blacksmith stops beating, the frame of the weaver becomes silent, the streets of the tank only a concert ... Read full Blog post