For the past 2 years I have been escorting visitors in Belgium, on painting workshops and cultural tours.
It has been a special treat for me, a native from Belgium, to introduce Americans and French people to the culture, the history and the traditions of my country. Designing the tour was an enlightning experience for myself, as I learnt a lot of things about my own roots, my fellow-citizens and most of all, about the essence of what makes Belgium so special.
Pictures: fine dining or sharing pastries at the home of a local
We started in April 2008 with a “Guinea pig” tour with French people (friends and family, as we always do when we have new tours). France is a neighbour and cousin of Belgium, but it was still very exotic for them when it came to speaking Belgian-French or eating “French” fries which are not French. We then had a cultural tour for Americans in August 2008. They loved learning about history (from medieval castles to WWII battle fields), tasting the incredible Belgian beers and chocolate, and meeting locals ( baking with a local baker or sharing memories at WWII survivor’s home).
Pictures: local festivals
Indeed, our tour of Belgium offers a great deal of diverse attractions. On our cultural tour, you have the opportunity to discover both Wallonia and Flanders, as well as Brussels. First of all, our goal is to introduce you to authentic local activities that you could not do on other tours:
- attending a local street festival in a small Wallonia town
- baking speculoos (cinamon cookies) with a local baker
- chocolate tasting in a small family-owned chocolate factory
- having tea at the home of a WWII survivor
We also want to show Belgium through history, architecture and gastronomy; here are samples of our daily trips:
- Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge Memorial
- the medieval city of Bruges with its canals and romantic atmosphere
- the beaches and harbour of Ostend by the North Sea
- Brussels: the Grand Place, Manneken Pis and its world famous museums
We are offering 3 tours this summer / fall 2009: 2 painting trips and 1 cultural trip. Only 4 spots remain available out of 18 overall. Our stays are 8 days, for 8 guests only, fully escorted by bilingual guide from your arrival at Brussels airport to your departure at Brussels airport. Comfortable van and quaint guesthouse.
We hope to see you in Belgium ! For our next availabilities and discount, check www.frenchescapade.com