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Open fermentation

The area south of Brussels is well known among beer lovers, for its open fermentation process. The first product called Lambic is absolutely not fit for human taste buds, or any other. It’s as if somebody’s done something unspeakably bad to your taste buds, the mixture of hurt, shame and disappointment makes you think that you will never be able to savour anything again! The next step, Geuze, is a slightly drinkable improvement, thereafter it gets somewhat better with the addition of cherries or strawberries or some kind of blend producing my favourite, the Bourgogne des Flandres!

We visited three breweries and a distillery, beautifully called a ‘stekerij’ in Dutch, all of varying sizes and productivity. Some want to stay under the export tax radar so keep it small and quaint. Others, like Boon, go for the big time, it’s a massive industrialized brewery.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Overgrown temples and friendly people

Ever wished you could have been the very first modern-day traveller to discover overgrown temples, hacking through dense forest to suddenly come across amazing sites, abandoned for centuries…Somewhere on this earth perhaps, but for now we can be content with just being able to explore these rediscovered places and marvel at what motivated people to do the things they did. The remnants of our society may marvel at how Notre Dame was rebuilt and wonder why our efforts weren’t vested in climate change and cleaning up the place we live….

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Porto, a writer’s inspiration

Porto, long walks, much talking, several glasses of wine and good food, exquisite views and the city that inspired JK Rowling complete with amazing bookstore, students wafting around in togas. A heady experience up and down side streets, bridges, sunsets, sea and tiny buildings.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
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China, heady stuff at the Great Wall, Hua Shan and Xian, Ping Yao and Beijing

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Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking between tiny villages, a giddy experience walking up the tower of Pisa and a quick look at Milan’s Cathedral.

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Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Bluebell fever

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The bluebells are still looking good, you have time, the address to use is: Chemin de bois de halle in Braine l’Alleud.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Charleroi Safari Fallout

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Interesting effects with HDR – you need to take exactly the same photograph (use a tripod) a couple of times over using different exposures. Use a new-ish version of photoshop to do it or download a programme at http://www.hdrsoft.com, and enhance (or not) using tools on offer. If you have a fancy (read: expensive) camera, apparently the camera can do it!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Uncategorized