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Thursday, July 03, 2008

TT #83: Belgium

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Thirteen interesting facts about Belgium

We just spent our vacation in Belgium, so that wonderful little country is this week's theme for my TT!

  • The kingdom of Belgium spans an area no bigger than Maryland, situated between The Netherlands in the north, France in the west and south, Luxembourg in the southeast, Germany in the east and the North Sea in the west.
  • Spa is a city in Belgium where all other spas get their name from. Luxury spas are located throughout Belgium where you will surely get the royal Spa treatment.
  • The saxophone was invented in Belgium by Adolph Sax in 1846. There are numerous jazz festivals throughout the year celebrating the love for jazz music.
  • There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world. Some of our castles are moated and others have labyrinth garden mazes to get lost in.
  • Brussels is headquarters to the European Union (EU) & NATO. With this much international activity, it's no wonder English is widely spoken.
  • The little blue cartoon creatures known as Smurfs are absosmurfly Belgian, created by Peyo. Throughout Brussels there are murals attesting the love for Comic Strip Art.
  • Actress Audrey Hepburn, probably most famous for her role in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, was born Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston in Brussels.
  • The famous statue of Manneken Pis is found in Brussels. Heads of state and famous artists have donated over 800 outfits for him on display at the Brussels Museum.
  • Belgian endive was accidentally discovered by a Belgian farmer in 1830. All endives sold in the US are imported from Belgium.
  • Belgian Rene Magritte was a surrealist painter. He developed a style which used misleading realism to create provocative fantasies around commonplace situations.
  • Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year in over 2,130 chocolate shops. Our chocolate has pure cocoa flavor because we don't use vegetable shortening.
  • There are over 400 different types of beer in Belgium running the gamut from white to raspberry beer. Most beers have their own glass in which only that beer may be served.
  • Action film hero Jean Claude Van Damme, a.k.a. the Muscles from Brussels, hails from Belgium.

Some interesting links about Belgium:
Wikipedia, Visit Belgium, Portal Belgium, Belgian Tourist Office


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23 comments:

  1. Wow! What an interesting place!

    I had NO idea about the "spa" thing--how fascinating!

    Thanks for sharing those. Very interesting stuff!

    Happy TT!

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  2. This is great. I didn't know Audrey Hepburn was Belgian. I love stuff like this that you shared.

    My 13 is posted.

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  3. Thanks for putting so many great links. Now I know what the Mannequin Pis looks like, and I will say that I would probably spend more time looking at a chocolate factory. That looked incredibly delicious.

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  4. How interesting was that! Good 13!

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  5. I really enjoyed your TT. I didn't any of these facts. Did you go to a spa when in Spa? Thanks for the information. Happy TT

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  6. Wow! This is so fun, Tink. Thank you so much for sharing. I've never been to Belgium and know no one from there! So it's a real treat to get to see it through your eyes.

    Happy TT!

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  7. Oh, and I hope you had a chance to devour Belgian chocolates!

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  8. Very cool...thanks for sharing:) Happy TT.

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  9. I didn't know that about Audrey. What a neat place. Thanks for the education.

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  10. I didn't know that mush about Belgium, other than it was out there, so this was great!

    Happy TT!

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  11. Great list, mine is up at 13 Not So Famous Last Words; Most Americans die peacefully in their beds, but for those who die violently one can only guess what their final words must have been. I think that after you read these you will have to agree that they do indeed sound like they might have been the last words of those who did not go peacefully into the night.

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  12. Great! I actually learnt some new things about my own country! I knew that Belgium was a great country to live in (except for the weather), but I didn't know that much interesting facts about it!

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  13. Just FYI, I linked to your article from 13 Not So Famous Last Words

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  14. I didn't realize Audrey Hepburn was Belgian. Belgian (as opposed to any other kind of) chocolate was one of my son's earliest food preferences. When he was about 2 I handed him a piece of plain ordinary Israeli chocolate and he said "No mommy, I NEED Belgian chocolate!" I laughed till I cried, but I didn't share ;-).

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  15. Such and interesting TT..thank you, I learned a lot about Belgium! Thank you so much for sharing :-D

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  16. Interesting list, I had no idea about Spa or Audrey Hepburn. Happy TT

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  17. What a GREAT list this week! So what I want to know is how many of those castles are open for tourists and do any of those garden mazes have smurfs hiding in them? :P Happy TT!

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  18. One of the best things about the internet is that I get to know people from places like Belgium and Luxembourg though I have never been.

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  19. My favorite thing about visiting Belgium were frites and waffles!

    One day my husband and I had "Manneken Pis" on our list of things to see and I asked my mother-in-law if she wanted to go with us. She said, "I raised three boys. I don't need to see that." :)

    Great list, fun to read!

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  20. Fascinating list. I knew most of the items on it (including the Smurfs) but not all of them (Audrey Hepburn, for example). Happy TT.

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  21. Wow now thats some interesting lost....and makes me wanna take a trip there :D And Hepburn from that place I gotta definetly visit...

    Happy TT!!

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  22. I've not been to Belgium but I've been to Holland many times - my parents are Dutch. I love your Cat & Pentagram logo

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