Author Archives : Ingrid D.

Château d'Antoing

The Devil And The Castle – Part 2


The castle where La Plus Longue Nuit Du Diable was actually filmed is the Château d’Antoing, also known as the Château des Princes de Ligne. Antoing refers to the town where the castle is located and the Princes de Ligne to the present owner. Although the beginning of the movie suggests that the castle is located in the middle of nowhere, it…

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The Devil And The Castle – Part 1


I have always been a big movie fan – I even wrote articles for an online movie magazine for some years – and a genre that I can really appreciate is horror movies. Imagine my surprise when not so long ago I was introduced – by Vanessa Morgan – to a Belgian horror movie that has even reached cult status:…

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Planckendael

An Unexpected Visit To Planckendael – Part 2


Let’s continue our walk in Planckendael and meet some of the stars! “Kai-Mook Zwanger” means “Kai-Mook Pregnant”. Why is this big news in Belgium? Kai-Mook was the first Indian elephant born in a Belgian zoo, the one in Antwerp to be more precise. It was a huge event which we Belgians could follow via webcam; on 17 May 2009, she…

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Planckendael

An Unexpected Visit To Planckendael – Part 1


The visit was unexpected, because after Pairi Daiza Lars and I had not planned a visit to another Belgian zoo this year. But then a promotion came up with a discount of 50% for the entrance and parking fee and we decided to go to Planckendael anyway. This zoo is affiliated with the one in Antwerp – probably the best-known…

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Throwback Thursday – Back To The Brocken


To go back or not to go back to the Brocken, that was the question… The Brocken is the highest mountain in the region of the Harz and North-Germany. Lars and I had had discussions in the past about visiting this mountain: it is a very touristic destination (not the aim of this website) and going there by steam train…

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Botanic Garden Meise

In Awe At The Botanic Gardens Of Meise


When it comes to the Botanic Gardens of Meise, there are two important numbers: 92 hectares (that is 227 acres for our American readers) and 18.000 species of plants (which is about 6% of all known plants). Or in other words: this is one of the biggest botanic gardens in the world. Our first recommendation is thus very simple: take…

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