Spring continues to warm the top half of the world, including the European country of Belgium. (My alternative headline was: Brussels Sprouts!) And on a recent April trip I took lots of photos of this joyous season, some of which I'm sharing here.
I first visited Belgium in the 1960s, as a young honeymooner, when Bruges was still an undiscovered, enchanting town with few tourists. About 10 years ago I returned as a travel writer and updated the section on Bruges and Ghent in the Fodor's guidebook on Belgium.
By then, the special qualities of this country -- the hearty food, the solemnity of World War I trenches, the fairy tale towns sprinkled in the countryside, the sophistication of Brussels -- were well known to travelers.
It's hard to capture the cool air along the canals, the salty taste of mussels and frites, the tang of Belgian frothy fruit beers. But read along, look at the photos, and perhaps you'll feel the joy of a lovely country reawakening from winter, like a sleeping beauty.
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