Mechelen is the perfect destination for a day out, combining the rich architectural heritage and compact dimensions of a city like Bruges with the relaxed energy of a city like Ghent.
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Amid the corporate jets, the army helicopters and the flying cars paraded on the tarmac at Le Bourget Airport outside Paris in June, there was a corner of Wallonia that was enjoying a moment in the sun.
It’s the 19th edition of the Belgian Beer Weekend with all the regular features: the consecration of the beer in the cathedral and the enthronement of the new members of the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle, both on
Its emblem may be the snail, but the capital of Wallonia is slowly ditching its reputation as a genteel city with an equally sedate nightlife.
De Gordel started in 1981 as a cycling event staged in the Flemish municipalities dotted around Brussels.