Starting this Friday, Brussels Beach is back for its traditional five-week run (Tuesdays to Sundays), at the Quai des Péniches near the Place Sainctelette. For this 16th edition the urban beach fun is no longer just a right bank event.
Ypres is one of the most famous towns in Belgium. From 1914 to 1918, it was the anvil battered by the hammers of Germany, France and the British Imperial forces. Hundreds of thousands of men died during four major battles during this period, which forever changed history.
In the run up to the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, a plan was developed to demolish large parts of the old medieval neighbourhood centred on the Rue des Bouchers to make automotive access to the Grand-Place easier.
It may be just 67km long, but the Belgian coastline is home to more than 20 individual resorts. To outsiders, those seaside resorts are mostly made up of chaotic and ugly concrete buildings.
In recent years, activities related to greenery have lost their dusty, old-fashioned image. Houseplants especially are making a comeback.