In honor of Belgium National Day I decided to focus on that lovely little country today.
- About the size of Maryland, Belgium rest in western Europe above France and below the Netherlands. Luxembourg and Germany sits on the eastern border.
- My mom is just back from a visit and I.can't wait to see the pictures and catch up on the news of friends and family. While I never lived there; having visited many times and knowing that it is the homeland of much of my family (my mother's whole family, she was the only one of her siblings to stay here permanently) it has always felt familiar and dear.
- The food is amazing with frites (french fries), chocolate, beer and waffles forming the four most commonly recognized cornerstones. Other national favorites include mussels, rabbit, salad liegeoise, and tomato stuffed with shrimp salad.
- Officially bilingual with Flemish spoken mostly in the north and French spoke mostly in the south. My mom grew up in the capital Brussels which is in the south and so my mom's primary language is french, though all of my cousins also learned flemish in school and their children also attend bilingual schools.
5. Bruge, a canal city often called the Venice of the North, and Antwerp are two other wonderful cities to visit. I was luck enough to visit Bruge shortly before my wedding and pick-up some its famous lace to carry.
6. There is also forty miles of beautiful seacoast, and the Ardenne (the hill country) in the east, plus the Waterloo Memorial as other wonderful options to check out.
7. Happy Belgian Day, to those celebrating and Good Weekend to the rest!!
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