Grote Markt

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  • Day1


    July 18, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nach einer mehrstündigen Anfahrt beginnt unsere Reise in Leuven. Die Stadt ist bekannt durch sein Rathaus welches als eines der schönsten der Welt gilt. Es wurde im 15 Jahrhundert im spätgotischen Stil errichtet. Am ersten Abend mussten wir natürlich zudem die Biertradition von Belgien ausprobieren. 🍺Read more

  • Day171

    Day 172: Leuven

    August 5, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Day trip outside of Brussels today. Leuven is a small-ish university city about half an hour's train ride to the east. It's also home to two UNESCO sites, so after a quick breakfast of pastries and coffee we hopped on a train and headed out!

    Arrived around 12pm and walked into the city centre from the train station. It's quite an attractive city, with some lovely old buildings and interesting alleyways to explore. Lots of young people around as well, despite it being summer holidays.

    First stop was the first UNESCO site, another of the belfries. This was attached to a church, but was mostly in ruins these days. It was originally planned to be a colossal 180 metres tall, basically unthinkable in the 15th century, and would've comfortably been the world's tallest building until skyscrapers in New York and Chicago started breaking the 200m barrier in the early 20th century.

    But they never finished it, and after a few fires and wars it's now basically the same height as the church it's attached to. Still nice to look at though!

    Next stop was the beguinage, another multi-site WH list entry that's unique to the area. A beguinage is basically a community of religious single women who wanted to retreat from public life. They weren't nuns, they took no vows, they didn't collect alms and they were free to leave at any time to marry or return home. But otherwise it was just a simple, quiet community of religious women (usually landless nobles, widows, second daughters and so on).

    There's 12 beguinages on the list, but this was one of the largest so it was good to explore. And it was very peaceful, set off to the side of the city in a walled compound. Lots of small houses, narrow streets, canals running through of course, and a few parks plus the obligatory church. A very nice environment, and as with a lot of places in Belgium, well off the tourist radar so we had it mostly to ourselves (aside from the students who live there now, of course).

    Headed back into the main part of town where we ummed and ahhed about what to do next. We had a quick lunch in a chain health food place called Exki, then debated having a drink outside and doing some people watching. In the end, the weather decided for us, as an enormous downpour forced us to take cover in a small portico along with a lot of other people! It absolutely bucketed down for about 10 minutes before stopping.

    Since everything was now wet and we didn't feel like sitting inside, we just headed back to the train station and grabbed the next train back to Brussels.

    By the time we got back, it had fined up a bit again, so we walked from the station back to our hotel - about 30 minutes worth. Strolled through a nice park and past the royal palace as well, which was good to see, though we were too late to go inside (and I have a feeling dogs wouldn't be permitted!).

    Back to the hotel where we settled in for the evening to work and plan. I briefly ventured outside for some takeaway kebabs from the store across the road, but that was pretty much it! It's surprising how common kebabs are here in Belgium (and Netherlands and France too, for that matter). Though they're different from Australian-style kebabs with meat, salad and sauce - these tend to just have meat, sauce and cheese. No hummus or tabouli either!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Leuven town hall

    Joel Baldwin


    Joel Baldwin

    Inside the beguinage

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  • Day18


    June 21, 2015 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Why is it that so many Belgian places names have become synonymous with war? The Ardennes, Ypres, Flanders' fields and, of course, Waterloo, the purpose of this trip. There is also Dunkirk, just only a couple of miles across the border. Leuven is one of those such places, especially the library.

    At the start of the first world war (actually, before war was declared for the breaching of Belgian independence and neutrality) the books and manuscripts of Leuven's library were burnt and destroyed. Since then, Leuven's name has been associated with the Great War. As a strange connection, it was Manchester's John Rylands Library that replenished the destroyed books.
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    John Dunford

    Used to be the post office. Now a branch of a retail chain.

    John Dunford

    Oude Markt. Every building is a café, heaving with students on a Thursday night.

  • Day1

    Saisonstart 2018 - Belgien

    February 8, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Heute ist Leuven angesagt, eine Studentenstadt kurz vor Brüssel. Stellplätze gibt es keine, der Parkplatz am Rande eines Parks in Kessel-Lo tut es aber für eine Nacht. Von hier geht es mit dem Linienbus in 25 Minuten ins Zentrum von LeuvenRead more

  • May11

    Zündkerze geflogen. Hackklappe ärgert

    May 11, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Mann Mann Mann. Nach Frühstück 100m gefahren, dann fliegt eine Zündkerze. Orginale etwas verknautscht und geht nicht mehr rein. Ersatz ging dann ohne Probleme rein. Dann schließt dieGeckklappe nicht. Wir überlegen schon, ob wir mit offene. Heck zum Start fahren... im letzten Moment gehts dann doch.. Atomium wir kommen!!!Read more

  • Day24

    9th stop: Leuven

    September 23, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Spontaneously did 24 hours in Leuven to go and visit two friends I met in Goeteborg. It's a very nice student town and definitely worth a visit though once again not a city to stay in longer than a couple of days.... Off to Brussels now where I'll be meeting Dominic whose in Brussels as well!Read more

  • Day1

    30/7/16: Bierbeek - Trier via Echternach

    July 30, 2016 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Vandaag vertrekken we voor de eerste keer met onze nieuwe motorhome, de Fonzie. Bestemming de Moezel. Eerste etappe is Bierbeek - EchternachDan door naar Trier. Problemen met de GPS in Trier, omdat ik de kaart niet had geladen ...Maar we geraken op de camperparking Reisemobilpark Treviris. De Fonzie reidt lekker.Read more

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Grote Markt, 鲁汶大广场