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Some Quick Information on Belgium

Belgium is divided into three major regions, Flanders in the North were the language is Dutch, Wallonia in the South were the language is French, and the German region tucked into the Belgian and German boarder.


The people in the capital of Brussels speak both Ducth and French and sometimes a combination of both.


The Wallonia region is mainly agricultural, where as the Flanders region is becoming one large metropolis.


This presentation will focus mainly on the Flanders region.


Belgian's government is run by a monarchy.


Belgium is home to the European Union.

Sites to See

Flower Carpet

Started in 1971, by Belgian artist E. Stautemans, the flower carpets had actually been apart of Flemish culture for a number of years. Each flower is hand placed into a transparent micro-drilled plastic sheet that contains that year's pattern. In four hours, about 120 volunteers place hundreds of thousands of begonias.
Grand Place Brussels Flower Carpet 2010

Bruge

Belgium contains the medieval city of Bruge, a city navigated by canals. Experience the city by floating through it. Glide under hundred year old bridges and discover hidden gardens in Bruge, the Venice of the North. While in Bruge, don't miss out on going to the Grote Markt, once the heart of trade in Northern Europe. Not far from the Grote Markt is The Burg. Here, admire the amazing Gothic architecture that adorns the town hall.

Atomium

Constructed in 1958 for the World's Fair, Atomium was never meant to be a permanent mark upon the Brussels skyline. An enlargement of an iron molecule 165 billion times, Atomium became a symbol of progress in a post World War II era. Atomium also offered a restaurant in the top sphere, along with amazing panoramic views of the city of Brussels. In addition, each sphere has lights that move to represent the movement of the molecule.
Brussels Atomium @ night (3.9.2010) - football match Belgium-Germany

Culture

The Arts

The arts are a huge part of Belgian culture, especially in Brussels. With over 14,000 events a year, Brussels is sure to have something for everyone. Belgium also conducts a large film festival every year, were cinema's aren't seen just as entertainment but as an art form. The region also berthed the Surrealism art movement, with artists such as Rene Magritte. Additionally, TinTin and the Smurfs originated from Belgium, which also sports a large comic strip museum attracting millions from Europe and across the globe. The Belgians also love their music, and have taken a liking to American Jazz. The featured instrument in Jazz, the saxophone was invented by a Belgian man, Adolphe Sax.

Fashion

Fashion has become a huge part of Belgian Culture since the 1980's. During the 1980's the Belgian government actually funded a program to upgrade the dating textile industry, also vamping up the fashion school in Antwerp, now one of the most prestigious fashion design school in Europe. In order to attract consumers to their textiles, Belgian designers started fresh, and not having one particular style for the whole country, as all Parisian designs were labeled as chic, but rather uniqueness. Since then Belgium has continued to create radical new designs, and stay unique.

Cuisine

Chocolate

Most associate the Swiss with having the best chocolate, but little do most people know that the Swiss chocolate recipes are have said to come from Belgium. One of the secrets to Belgian chocolates rich flavor is that once the cocoa beans are mixed with the other ingredients the chocolate is not allowed to cool as most country's do, it is transported in heated trucks. Here, chocolate is made by hand and never by machine. Chocolate also has quite a history here, as it was in Belgium that the praline was created, or truffle. Belgium has become known for their truffles throughout the world.

Waffles

Waffles themselves have been around for sometime, in fact since the 1500's, but were more flat and crispy. It wasn't until the 1950's until a couple from Brussels Belgium added yeast to there waffle batter, taking the waffle from flat and crispy, to fluffy and sweet. The waffle was never intended be a breakfast food but was consumed as a dessert. The Belgian waffle made their first international apperance at the 1968 World's Fair in Queens. This new waffle was different from the old in the fact that is was served with fruit and cream.

Beer

Belgian beer is unique to fit the unique people who drink it. Belgium hosts many beer museums and has among the highest brewery density. Also, the town of Lustin holds the annual Belgian Beer Festival, were over 650 different types of brews are on tap. Brussels houses the pub that contains the most beer choice availible, over 2000! The Belgian beer selection mainly consists of Lambic brews, Wheat brews, and several types of Ales. Although, sometimes it isn't always the beer in the glass, but the glass itself. Belgian connoisseurs use science to have their beer glasses shaped for a specific beer, enhancing the flavor of the already exquisite brew.
Belgian Beer

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