Herkenrode Abbey in Hasselt has a fascinating history. The old farm buildings of the Abbey of Herkenrode and the surrounding 100 acres of nature reserve were developed into a domain where is so much going on.
We took a walk…
Laid out between 1985 and 1992, Hasselt’s Japanese Garden (Japanse Tuin in Dutch) is the largest Japanese Garden in Europe.
Based on a 17th-century model, the garden spans on 2.5 hectares (6 acres) and possesses no less than 250 Japanese cherry trees.
Its creation symbolised the friendship between the inhabitants of Hasselt and those of their sister city of Itami (a suburb of Osaka and Kobe).
Eight villages in the outermost southern tip of West Flanders, at the south of Ieper, make up Heuvelland (free translation: ‘Land of the hills’): De Klijte, Dranouter, Kemmel, Loker, Westouter, Wijtschate, Wulvergem and Nieuwkerke. The typical hilly character of the area makes Heuvelland a place of intense natural beauty. It is a succession of magnificent panoramic views, wooded slopes, nature reserves and broad farmlands. Small wonder it’s so calming to come here.
Last weekend we went for a walk…
The Lion’s Mound gives a unique view of the battlefield after a memorable climb of 226 steps. The lion symbolizes the Battle of Waterloo. In June 2015, Waterloo commemorated the bicentenary of the battle which marked a turning point in Europe’s history. The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, comprising an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, combined with a Prussian army under the command of Prince Blücher.
This weekend we went to Waterloo to visit ‘de leeuw van Waterloo’.