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Saying Goodbye to Bruges

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and apparently pissed some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.

A Tale of Two Beer Cities

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.31.2015 | Taste
Kelly James Clark

First but not foremost, there are objectively good beers and the stinky-sock beer may or may not be one of them. Second but foremost, almost any beer tastes darn good in the company of good friends in lovely cities like Brugge and Antwerp.

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In Every EU Country

Thrillist | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel

Don't get me wrong, the Mona Lisa's got a lovely smile and all, but there's something soul-crushing about how she's displayed: stowed away in glass, surrounded by hordes of sightseers throwing up "gang symbols" and cheesy smiles for their selfie sticks.

The Dog Master: An Inspired Read

Suzette Standring | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Suzette Standring

Back in Paleolithic times, humans befriended wolves, and thus, developed canine companionship. W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times best-selling author, imagines that first, eons-old encounter in his new book, The Dog Master, which I rank a 5-star page turner.

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

CONGO ART! in Paris

Frank Browning | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
Frank Browning

There is no bloodier 20th century history than that of the Congo. Against all that gore, how then can we imagine that over the same time frame Congo, or Kongo, persisted as arguably the most brilliant artistic center on the continent?

Astoria Characters: The Old-Timer You Won't See Any More

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Madeleine's Hosiery, which has been on Steinway Street forever, or at least for as long as anyone can remember, probably won't be there the next time you pass by.

A Taste of Bruges

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

None of them were crowded, so I had plenty of time to contemplate, admire, and ponder. You can see each of them without feeling overwhelmed either by the art or by crowds.

Rising Anti-Semitism In Europe: History Repeating Once Again

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

While we do not see a correlation between high numbers of violent incidents and high levels of anti-Semitic beliefs, Jews feel freer to live openly as Jews when they are confident of being accepted in their societies, not just in the absence of security concerns.

1 In 20 Belgian Deaths Is The Result Of Euthanasia

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.01.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The right to die is taken seriously in Belgium, where citizens who get doctors' approval can elect to end their own life on their own terms. The pract...

Overlooked Cities in Europe to Add to Your Travel List

College Tourist | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

We've all dreamed of going to the most photographed cities in Europe like Paris, London, Prague, Venice, and Rome (guilty as charged), but the truth is that the European continent has so many hidden gems that are equally worth a visit.

PHOTOS: 5,000 Re-Enactors Bring The Battle Of Waterloo Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

Thousands of re-enactors descended on the Belgian town of Waterloo on Thursday to relive the historic battle that took place there 200 years ago and b...

France Suffers Another Defeat In Battle Of Waterloo ... Coin Controversy

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches, France suffered another galling defeat as Belgium exploited a eurozone loophole to mint...

Waterloo: 200 Years Later, Napoleon to Lose Again

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

The folks who hang their hats around the little Belgian village of Waterloo are shortly going to have a lot of company. That's because an expected 139,000 spectators will be headed their way for the upcoming bicentennial reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo

Belgian Muslim Community Reminds Us That Peacefully 'Living Together' Is the Under-reported Norm

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Have you heard the story about the Muslim community in Belgium that raised money to restore a local synagogue? Probably not. But it is really important that you do.

There's Less To This Church Than Meets The Eye

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion

From far away, this church looks like any of the other Christian houses of worship that dot the Belgian region of Haspengouw. But step closer and the ...

Flanders for Fashion, Food and Old World Luxury in the 2015 Jaguar XJ and XJL

Rita Cook | Posted 06.27.2015 | Travel
Rita Cook

Forget Paris, Milan and New York and shift your gaze in the direction of Antwerp, Belgium where this fashionably cool city boasts not only cutting edge designers, but also architectural tours that lead a path to the Art Nouveau district of Zurenborg.

Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea in Cannes: The Humanity Beneath the Headlines

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What drives an issue home each and every time is when it is made personal, when the headlines become faces, or in this case when the refugees of war, hunger, religion or politics, turn into human beings -- just like you and me.

Studying Abroad With a Gluten Allergy

College Tourist | Posted 05.23.2015 | College
College Tourist

Although having a food allergy is a struggle, do not be discouraged to study abroad! There are ways to make the most of your study abroad experience while avoiding gluten.

7 Women Convicted For Supporting ISIS

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) - A Belgian court on Monday handed out prison sentences to seven women for supporting Islamic State and radicalizing young ...

Is Belgian Chocolate Really Worth The Trip?

Laura Lippstone | Posted 05.15.2015 | Taste
Laura Lippstone

After savoring one mint chocolate, I wanted another. And another.

Here's Your Chance To See Street Artist ROA Indoors, In One Place

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

It's unusual to capture a ROA inside. He is usually running free outdoors with the wildlife, climbing walls over multiple continents, perched within t...

Soldier's Skeleton Identified 200 Years After Battle

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.08.2015 | Science

An amateur military historian claims to have identified a 200-year-old skeleton that was found three years ago under a parking lot at the site of the ...

5 Newsworthy Privacy Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In addition to my regular HuffPost musings, this marks the first of a series of weekly columns designed to quickly and dare I say entertainingly help us all be aware of a few most important privacy-related stories, good and/or bad.

International Travel: It's the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo -- Time For You To Pay a Visit

Edward Schneider | Posted 05.07.2015 | Travel
Edward Schneider

Many Americans travel to historic battlefields, most typically sites in which we have a direct emotional stake: places where U.S. soldiers fought at home or abroad and where a piece of our history was made.