VGG Virtual Vacation #1 - BELGIUM
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Please join us on our virtual vacation by:

whitetrain Expressing your desire to join as a tour guide or traveler in this geeklist
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purpletrain Adding a Destination City or Location as a geeklist item below (Please use format DESTINATION: xxxxxxx)
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If you wish to join us it is suggested you purchase and display for the month one of the microbadges below.

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Destinations
Share with us information, pictures, videos, and other media of an interesting city, museum, historical site, natural landmark, beautiful area, park, or other destination of interest. Help us experience this destination from a far.

Events
Share with us videos, information, pictures and other media of an artistic performance, festival, holidays, or other events of interest. Help us experience this event as if we were there.

Please feel free to cross post here and in the thread as people will "experience" this vacation in different ways to their own preference.

Thank you, MABBY, for your suggestions and help!
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1. Board Game: Belgium 1831 [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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OVERVIEW

"Belgium, pretty and creative, is one of Europe’s most underrated travel destinations. Beer, chocolate and moules-frites might be the starting points for many first-time visitors, but while you’ll eat and drink well, the country’s other selling points are no less weighty.

Medieval cities like Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent play home to some stunning architecture, while a military legacy that covers everything from Waterloo to WWII holds its own interest. It’s compact, easy to travel around and boasts no fewer than 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On top of that it hosts riotous festivals like they’re going out of fashion and has a world-class arts heritage, to boot.

What Belgium isn’t, however, is straightforward. Divided into three regions − Flanders (the predominantly Dutch-speaking north), Wallonia (the predominantly French-speaking south) and the capital region of Brussels – it’s still very much split down linguistic lines. Even Belgians themselves will often refer to their homeland as an “artificial country.” In many ways, this only makes the place more fascinating.

Flanders is filled with museums and medieval architecture, its countryside studded with white-washed hamlets and paved with miles and miles of cycling paths. Its North Sea coastline offers opportunities to try land boarding or kitesurfing. Wallonia, meanwhile, follows a slower pace. Steeped in folklore, its main towns have a faded French elegance and are ideal jumping-off points for exploring the rolling hills of the Ardennes. In both halves of the country, there are some genuinely beautiful landscapes.

Brussels itself is a blend of Art Nouveau mansions and gleaming skyscrapers, art galleries and flea markets, “fritkot” chip stands and Michelin-starred restaurants. Made up of 19 communes − from the chic Ixelles district to up-and-coming Anderlecht − it’s a city with many faces. Each quarter offers a different take on the personality of “Europe’s capital,” which is apt in itself: in Belgium, very little matches the monochrome preconception."

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TOUR GUIDES AND HOSTS

Do you live in Belgium, have lived in Belgium, have traveled to Belgium or are passionate and knowledgeable about Belgium? Volunteer to be a tour guide or host below and spend some time this month sharing why Belgium is a great country and what every traveler should experience there.

What is your experience with Belgium?
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If you want to join this virtual vacation in any way please post your desire below and tell us what you like to do on vacations.

Have you been to Belgium before?
What do you like doing on vacations?
What do you hope to get out of this experience?

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ACTIVITIES

What do the people of Belgium like doing?

Select an activity common to or relating to the people of Belgium, try it out, and share your experience!
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LANGUAGE

"Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59% of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which comprises 41% of all Belgians. Additionally, there is a small group of German-speakers who live in the East Cantons located around the High Fens area, and bordering Germany." ~ wikipedia

Share any words in a language commonly spoken in Belgium below. Of particular interest are slang or any cultural language peculiarities.
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6. Board Game: Passport to Culture [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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CULTURE

What makes the people and culture of Belgium special?
What is Belgium known for?
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7. Board Game: Cuisine a la Card [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:6382]
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CUISINE

What is special about Belgian cuisine?
Post recipes, trips to restaurants, and other information on Belgian cuisine below
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8. Board Game: The World of Beer [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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BEER AND BEVERAGES

Belgium is world known for their wonderful beers. It deserves its own listing.

6 of the worlds 8 Trappist Breweries are in Belgium.

What Belgian beers or beverages are you enjoying?
What are your favorites.
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MOVIES, TV, DOCUMENTARIES

Share with us media that is about Belgium, set in Belgium, or is famous in Belgium
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10. Video Game: The Polynomial: Space of the Music [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:7294]
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MUSIC

What is the traditional music of Belgium?
What music is popular in Belgium?
What are great Belgian bands, artists, and composers?
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LITERATURE

Share books that are about Belgium or set in Belgium.
Famous Belgian authors and Literature?


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13. Board Game: Formula Dé Circuits 3 & 4: Zandvoort 2 & SPA-Francorchamps [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Event: Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

Although Formula One certainly isn't exclusive to Belgium, the country is home to one of the most famous F1 circuits in the world, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The circuit was designed in 1920, and has been in use as an F1 circuit since 1925. Spa is renown for its history, its locale in the picturesque Ardennes, and its high speeds, especially among the F1 calendar.

Although I'm fully aware not everyone out there may be interested in Formula One (or even Motorsport), it is worth mentioning that Belgium is home to this circuit, widely regarded as one of the favorites among both race fans and drivers. If I ever have the opportunity to travel to Belgium, my trip would undoubtedly coincide with this event. While I would ultimately travel to the country for the Grand Prix, I'm sure I would stay for the food, the culture, and of course, the beer.

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14. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:246]
Board Game: Bruges
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Videogames:
Wikisite mentioning games (partly) set in Belgium: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Video_games_set_in_Belgium
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15. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:246]
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You can find a lot of information about the city from Wikipedia, I'm not going to copy paste all that here.

I found the city very beautiful and worth seeing, but also very touristy. If you're looking for something as beautiful, but way less touristy, you might want to look into Ghent.
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16. Board Game: Are We There Yet? [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked]
Board Game: Are We There Yet?
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I propose that, in the comments of this item, we post our Daytrip Ideas.
(This is where I should have have asked my questions about the Brussels train station and going to the beach).

So if you want to do something and need a local tour guide to help you, then this is the place to come.

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17. Video Game: Waterloo (1989) [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Waterloo (1989)
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I may have missed the tour bus, but the spot I really want to see is the battlefield of Waterloo, having looked at it again and again as a child from maps and games and model soldiers.

I found out this mound has been up since the early 1800s. The lion has nothing to do with England. !

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If I imagine myself up here on the lion, I cannot really make out the battlefield much. I read on wikipedia that Victor Hugo says that the Duke of Marlborough said that the Lion mound ruined his battlefield. One of the interesting things about Gettysburg was how intact the battlefied was.

So I'm wondering has anyone been to the Lion's mound and what it looks like from there.
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18. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:289]
Board Game: Bruxelles 1893
I've been meaning to share some impressions from my trip to Brussels, like Jonna did for Bruges.
Probably not today... but here is a start, and a place for anything you might want to share about this city.

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