OK, I know some people are really busy and won’t spend too much time searching the Net for info about a little country with seemingly nothing interesting apart from keiki and a few other things like chocolate and beer. So, to help you out, dear busy foreigner friends, I have been doing some random Streetview screenshots in the most renowned places of Belgium. I hope it will give you a clearer idea of “what Belgium is like”.
Here are the results (pictures are from Streetview, comments are taken from Wikipedia):
"Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. The second half of the 20th century was marked by the rise of non-violent conflicts between the Flemish and the Francophones fuelled by cultural differences on the one hand and an asymmetrical economic evolution of Flanders and Wallonia on the other hand."
|Flanders (somewhere between a potato field and a motorway)|
|Wallonia (somewhere between a motorway and a potato field)|
The five main belgian cities (by population size) are:
Brussels: the official founding of Brussels is usually situated around 979. On average (based on measurements the last 100 years), there are approximately 200 days of rain per year.
Antwerp: historical Antwerp had its origins in a Gallo-Roman vicus civilization.
Liège: the first references to Liège are from 558, when it was known as Vicus Leudicus.
Ghent: archaeological evidence shows human presence in the region of the confluence of Scheldt and Lys going back as far as the Stone Age and the Iron Age.
Charleroi: the history of the city of Charleroi starts in 1666, so named in honour of King Charles II.