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From a drug alley to an overwhelming art center

Kopstraatje, a small street between the Kammenstraat and the Nationalestraat in Antwerp, was known for years as the home base of taggers, drug users, and addicts. In September 2012, however, this changed when artists gave this notorious alleyway a great makeover during a three-day graffiti jam, an initiative of Sketchual consisting of volunteers from youth center Kavka. At the initiative of the Kop organization, the Artists Supporting Platform, the Kopstraatje was further embellished in the autumn of 2014 by the Brazilian Onio, assisted by illustrators El Neoray and Vagabundos. Picture by Fred Romero Do you want to see special graffiti art in Antwerp? Then this is the place to be. Free to visit, close to the city center and very near to the famous Fashion Museum.
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The city park of Lier

This modest city park in the small town of Lier is a real oasis of calm and beauty. You will find a highly valuable variety of tree species. In addition to native trees, there are also various exotics, such as the tree of heaven, the water cypress, the horse chestnut… Signs indicate which tree it is. You can stroll along the beautiful pond with white, rather high pedestrian bridges or enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Picture by Harry Fabel In the city park of Lier, there is also an adventure playground, sunbathing space, and a picnic area with a sun tent. The coffee house offers tasty snacks, drinks, and ice creams. Are you coming by bike? A public bicycle pump and repair kit are available if needed. The park is a short walk from the historic center of the city.

Discover the evolution of the computer in Namur

The NAM-IP museum in Namur is a special museum that helps you discover the origins and the different stages of the computer revolution through an illustrated timeline. The museum has a rich collection of electromechanical and electronic devices. Picture by Pixabay The emphasis is on pioneering computer science in Belgium, specific periods of which are further highlighted through temporary exhibitions. The NAM-IP Computer Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday and the first Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find their website here .

The Meuse Valley

The Meuse Valley is one of the most breathtaking places in Belgium, it is more or less the rural heart of the country. Picture by Pixabay The area around the river Meuse also offers the best opportunities for river trips. The landscape consists of a dense forest landscape interspersed with castle and fortress ruins on a hilltop. The small romantic towns on the waterfront make your visit a unique experience. and cities such as Namur and Dinant have a rich history. Picture by Pixabay The Meuse Valley is also the place to be for a large number of hiking and biking trails for travelers looking to add some activities to their vacation.

The little monkey of Mons

On the facade of the town hall of Mons, you can find a statue of a monkey, it is the most famous monkey in the whole country. The bronze monkey fits comfortably in your hands. According to a legend, if you stroke the animal's head, you can make a wish. Picture by Pixabay The only condition is that it has to be a modest wish, so don't go for the big money. If you succeed and the monkey is in a good mood, your wish could come true within a year. Be careful what you wish for. A long time ago, the Mons monkey was a pillory. Naughty children were tied to it as punishment.

The city of Mons

The city of Mons is located in the south of Belgium, it is a surprisingly beautiful and lively city. The city of Mons is spread over five mountains. Mons, French for mountains, owes its name to these mountains. Photo by Alexis Mette on Unsplash The old town of Bergen in particular is a joy to explore. In the center is the Grand Place, the main square which is graced by several typical buildings spanning over a period of 400 years, dating back from the 15th to 18th centuries. In particular, the Toison d'Or House of 1615 and the Chapel of St. George of 1604 are two architectural highlights of the city. The protected bell tower above the city and the church of Sainte-Waudru with its interior full of artistic and religious relics are also two of the main attractions. But o ne of the most beautiful buildings is perhaps the 15th-century town hall. On summer days, the pleasant square is filled with terraces. Photo by Aleksandr Kadykov on Unsplash There are almost no large internationa

The Castle of the Counts in Ghent

Het Gravensteen or the Castle of the Counts is a medieval fortress in the heart of the city with narrow tower stairs, strong battlements, rooms that appeal to the imagination, and a magnificent view over the city of Ghent. The castle owes its existence to the counts of Flanders. In the ninth century, Count Baldwin II built fortifications in all strategic places in his empire to protect himself against attacks from outside. His son, Arnulf I, continues his work. The Castle of the Counts is still one of the remaining buildings of that time. Picture by Pixabay The Gravensteen has never been a full-time residence for the counts. They only stayed there when the count's royal household is in Ghent. The castle was actually mainly the administrative center of the county. The count's administration was located there and they administered justice. Besides a court of law, the Castle of the Counts was also a prison. The semi-underground cells that are housed in it are damp and drafty and