Nemo 33 a very deep swimming pool

Nemo 33 is an indoor diving pool facility in Ukkel, Brussels. It held the record as the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world between its opening on May 1, 2004 and the completion of Y-40 in Montegrotto Terme, Padua, Italy on June 5, 2014. The pool's maximum depth is 34.5 metres. It contains 2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated,highly filtered spring water maintained at a temperature of 30 °C. To do so it uses a highly sophisticated solar powered heater.

The diving pool holds several simulated underwater caves at the 10 metres depth level. Due to the warm temperature in the pool, divers can dive for extended periods without having to use a dry suit. The complex was designed by Belgian diving expert 'John Nuttyheart' as a multi-purpose diving instruction, recreational and film production facility.

The complex also has a shop and a restaurant, you can find it at this address: Stallestraat 333, Brussels.

Speculoos cookies

Most people round the world might know these cookies as the airline cookie, but they hold a dearer place in the hearts of the Belgians and the Belgian cuisine. Mostly made to celebrate the 'St Nicholas day’ feast, these spiced shortbread cookies can be found in the most beautiful sizes and designs.

They can be eaten alone or be used to flavor up some secret recipes, you will have to ask a Belgian what kinds of secrets they got in store. There is even a Speculoos paste to spread on your bread.

When you order a coffee in a Belgian cafĂ© you most likely will get the little cookie alongside it, they’re very good with a strong cup of espresso. Here is one of the secrets, dip it in your coffee before eating it... do it fast, just to get it soaked and don't let it fall in your coffee... Enjoy!

The castle of Westmalle

The castle of Westmalle is situated in the town of Malle in the province of Antwerp. Before there was a castle, there was a farm, called 'Hoeve ten Driesshe', this farm was inhabited and used by a mighty family of master traders who worked for the Dukes of Brabant.

In 1449 the farm was sold to 'Henrik Van der Moelen', a city councilor of Antwerp. On June 1, 1505, his son, knight 'Hendrik van der Moelen', received all the feudal rights of the farm and its grounds. His granddaughter married in 1523 with 'Philip de Cotereau' and that way the farm and its belongings became the property of the 'Cotereau' family. Their son 'Erard Cotereau' converted the old farm into a noble castle in 1561.

In 1743, Knight 'Jacobus Benedict Pauwens' bought the castle. The 'Pauwens' family lived in the castle until 1847. In 1848 the castle was sold again, this time to two Antwerp diamond dealers, the brothers 'Bovie'.

In 1878, 'Baron de Turck de Kersbeeck' became the owner of the castle and he had it completely renovated by architect 'Schadde'. The castle was more or less restored in its original glory. The large tower was raised and equipped with a pointed roof. Also a new corridor was built. The original bridge to enter the castle was removed and a beautiful Renaissance style gate was added.

In 1914, former Mayor of the town of Malle, 'Baron Alfons van der Straten Waillet', owed the castle. His heir and last private owner of the castle, 'Baron Jacques van der Straten Waillet', asked and received the classification of the castle and its surroundings in 1978. Since then the castle and the park surroundings is a protected site and is sometimes open the the public.

You can find the castle at this address: Kasteel van Westmalle, 83, Malle.