Hidden Belgium: The witches gathering

Hidden Belgium: The witches gathering

Ellezelles looks like an ordinary Belgian village. Nothing to see here, you might think. But Ellezelles turns out to have some mysterious traditions.

It is the scene of a gathering of witches every year and offers visitors a walking route known as the Strange Trail. But strangest of all is its claim to be the birthplace of Hercule Poirot, the fictional Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie.

A statue attached to a house wall seems to confirm the story. There is even a birth certificate in the town hall. And of course a local beer called Hercule Stout. The story is obviously a cheeky lie. Or maybe not.

Perhaps Poirot should be called on to solve the mystery with the help of his little grey cells.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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