1983 – somewhere in Wallonia, adjacent to Mons. Generals and officers gathered in a situation room to control the movements of tens of thousands of American soldiers advancing across Western Europe. Their goal: repel an invasion by an enemy code-named “Orange” before nuclear war became inevitable.
Among the many museums in Brussels, the Belgian Museum of Freemasonry, located at 73 Rue de Laeken in the city centre, is arguably one of the most fascinating ones. Freemasonry is an ancient order of brotherhood, surrounded by myths of secrecy, but here we have a museum that declares, at…
Are European officials in it for the money? We can expect to hear this charge repeated again and again in these days of continuing government austerity drives and pay cuts for national civil servants in the EU member states. In fact, it's a question that's almost as old as the EU…
Derek Blyth is the former editor of The Bulletin and author of the bestselling The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels. He picks out ten of his favourite hidden secrets in every issue for The Brussels Times Magazine. These are the picks in the latest summer issue.FORET DE SOIGNESA simple tram…

The Art of Property Hunting

Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:16
They say that moving to a new home is (after marriage) the second most stressful thing we'll ever do and trying to navigate the minefield that is property hunting can be a thankless task, at the best of times.
Liège is Wallonia's most brilliant place to be, not as a tourist, but as a visitor to its many treasures and eyewitness to its unique identity.
A new and potentially exciting chapter could be about to be written in the history of Belgian football. Mark the date: the European championships in France from June 10-July 10.

Derek Blyth's hidden secrets of Brussels

Friday, 08 April 2016 14:20
Derek Blyth is the former editor of The Bulletin and author of the bestselling The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels. He picks out ten of his favourite hidden secrets in every issue for The Brussels Times Magazine. These are the picks in the latest April issue.LES PASSIONS HUMAINESThis little Greek…
The year is 1969. Rock music hits its golden age and yet it is still very much of an Anglo-only phenomenon. The British invasion only happened in the States. Elsewhere, that weird music is seen, at best, as an Anglophone oddity and, at worst, as a symbol of its imperialistic…
Godfrey of Bouillon (ca 1060–1100) was duke of Lower Lorraine and had his name linked to a castle in the Belgian Ardennes. He was one of the leaders in the first Crusade in 1096–1099, answering to the call of pope Urban II to liberate the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…