‘Castle Day Trail’…. modern life in a medieval Castle (part 2)
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‘Castle Day Trail’…. modern life in a medieval Castle (part 2)

This weekend, today, the medieval Castle of La Roche-en-Ardenne hosted ‘Castle DAY Trail.’ A follow-up of Aprils ‘Castle NIGHT Trail.’ In medieval times the ‘noblemen and noble women’ moved from place to place depending on where there attention was required. The 809 participants from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Poland for the … Continue reading

Two times National Festivities…
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Two times National Festivities…

Each year, 21st July is Belgian National Day. It is one of ten public holidays in Belgium. This day commemorates an event on 21 July 1831 in which Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, thus becoming the nation’s first monarch. The king’s vow marked the start of the independent state of Belgium under a constitutional monarchy … Continue reading

About fairies and elves…? Tale of the woods
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About fairies and elves…? Tale of the woods

In La Roche-en-Ardenne, in the French part of Belgium, my home country, you become aware of fairies and elves…in shops in the town. Why this is, nobody knows…Perhaps it is inherent to the woods that surround the town? Through history fairies and elves were much more than a vague association of ‘spirit’ with the landscape. The concept of fairy … Continue reading