Walking through Brussels, sooner or later you will come across Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his enigmatic art. Derek Blyth would join you in a minute.
You think you know Flanders and the Netherlands. But take it from us, you haven’t seen anything yet. British journalist Derek Blyth takes you on microadventures to L-Spots, hidden and exciting places in the Low Countries.
Since it was established in 1971, ‘De Engelbewaarder’ has been known as the first literary café in the Netherlands. Not only John Irving once drank a beer there.
Most people assume the sensible Dutch have always cycled. But the story is more complicated.
Derek Blyth invites you to discover the Jewish Community of Antwerp, one of the largest in Europe.
Looking for remarkable places in the Low Countries, British journalist Derek Blyth ends up eating fast food from the wall in Amsterdam.
Derek Blyth urges you to visit the old-fashioned pubs of Flanders, while you still have the chance.
Whoever visits the Netherlands, can't ignore them. Sooner or later you walk into one of the 550 Hema shops to buy a bicycle bell, sandwich or stapler. The brand is as Dutch as the tulip.
In the midst of nature, in the East Flemish municipality of Stekene, you can visit one of the largest private art collections in Europe.
The small cemeteries in and around Ypres provide a unique way of understanding the First World War.
75 years ago, a German V2 bomb hit the popular Cinema Rex in Antwerp. 567 people were killed. It took more than a week to recover their bodies from under the rubble.
In the past 'Praathuisjes' were only used by old men and sailors to catch up with a cup of coffee. Now everyone is welcome.
The bicycle and car sharing that we know today can be traced back to the ‘White Bicycles’ and ‘White Cars’ initiated by the Provo movement.
Derek Blyth lets himself be overwhelmed by the multi-talent Rubens. Or is it by his love for the human flesh?
Dutch artists painted a giant bookcase on an apartment building in Utrecht featuring residents’ favorite books.
Visit any town or city in Belgium and you will find fries. Derek Blyth pays tribute to the humble fritkot.
Did you know there is a Dutch town called Austerlitz with a pyramid nearby, built by Napoleon’s soldiers?
Derek Blyth points out a unique Belgian phenomenon, the trade in paper beach flowers.
Derek Blyth expresses his love for the carillons of Flanders and the Netherlands.
Derek Blyth goes on a literary pilgrimage in Willem Elsschot’s Antwerp.
Derek Blyth hits the road in a very Dutch phenomenon, the caravan.
Derek Blyth ends up in a deserted village that refuses to die.
Derek Blyth visits the Sahara of the North.