High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Hasselt: The Taste of the City
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Hasselt: The Taste of the City

(Derek Blyth) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 195-202

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In Hasselt there's no big square, no great art collection, none of the sense of ancient history you feel in nearby towns like Tongeren or Maastricht. Yet it's somehow quietly appealing. At the end of his day in Hasselt, Derek Blyth took a free bus back to the station and caught the train to Brussels, thinking over what he had experienced. He hadn't seen any famous paintings, or discovered any memorable cafe, but he had smelled coriander and tasted jenever and finally come to understand the stubborn local conviction that this is the best of all possible towns in the best of all possible provinces.

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