Monthly Archives: March 2015


WE LOVE IT: ALAIN DE CLERCK’S FLAME

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If you happen to be in Liège, head for Feronstrée to switch on Alain De Clerck’s flame, part of the SPACE (SCULPTURE PUBLIQUE D’AIDE CULTURELLE – PUBLIC SCULPTURE TO SUPPORT CULTURE) collection.

The flame will light up when you insert a euro into the specially made parking meter. Each pyromaniac who does this will receive a cultural voucher (cinema, concert, exhibition, etc.) or a short poem, as well as contributing to a cultural fund (the SPACE collection currently comprises 60 artworks).

Want to do it again somewhere else?
Its little sister is in Maastricht, in the hands of Minckelers’ statue, right in the city centre.


CULTURE : A LITTLE TOUR OF MONS

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Because Mons is rolling out the red carpet this year…

OK, so you cannot yet appreciate the beauty and cultural richness of Mons in the station (which is a building site), or in the museums (which are still works in progress) or in any of the street art (as the most spectacular artworks are in a state of disrepair…)
However, even if things aren’t quite how the residents would like them to be, some sights and places are still worth the detour. And if you want to visit the city, you may as well do it while it is European capital of culture.

For more information and the programme of events: click here.


WITH THE FAMILY : GEMOTIONS – MOBILE ADVENTURES

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The ideal concept for the ultra-connected, explorers, budding detectives, art lovers, lovers of architecture and other city treasures, and lovers in general!

It’s a kind of treasure hunt to help you discover or rediscover the capital, the area around the Château de la Hulpe and other parts of Belgium and Europe by means of little jokes (yes, we admit, some of these did make us laugh) and challenges sent to your mobile phone via SMS.

All of the available walking routes are here.


ADDRESS : RUE DE LA CASQUETTE, 4000 LIÈGE

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In Liège, following closely in the footsteps of Rue Souverain-Pont and Rue Neuvice, Rue de la Casquette is now also a “top pedestrian street” for:

  • shopping, with “La Pharmacie“: a vintage clothes shop with a decades-old reputation,
  • a tipple, with “Le Verre Bouteille” and its divine wines, imbibed in a soft light that flatters our pale faces as they emerge from winter,
  • eating, with “L’Enoteca“, a restaurant that was recently recognised by the Michelin Guide and that changes its unique menus every week,
  • an evening of culture, thanks to the new wine bar “La Halte“, a hive of artistic activity that opens its doors to theatregoers, concert fans and lovers of any of the activities offered by the network of artists that gravitate towards it.

Don’t forget to book!


GOOD IDEA: YOUR LOCAL REPAIR CAFÉ

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There are more than 100 Repair Cafés in Belgium!

Émilie and Sophie are part of the driving force behind this voluntary concept whose aim is to “repair together, free of charge, instead of throwing away”.
Amateur and professional repairers meet regularly to lend “a neighbourly hand” to anyone who brings along something that is worn, torn or broken.
It’s a great way to repair and learn how to repair worn clothes and broken hairdryers, computers and telephones, and solve other technology-related problems. Or you can just come along and enjoy a drink with your neighbours!

For more information, venues and dates, go to: www.repaircafe.be/fr 


RECIPE: BODDING, PUDDING OR BODDINCK

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A popular Belgian recipe for using up leftover bread.

The name of this dessert varies depending on the birthplace of the cook, as the recipe can come from anywhere brown sugar is revered!

All you need is some stale dry bread soaked in milk overnight and drained the next morning, an egg and an egg yolk, some raisins soaked in rum diluted with warm water and Graeffe brown sugar. Quantities are improvised based on how much bread is left over and your own personal taste. So you have to keep tasting the mixture, which you then pour into a greased oven dish and bake for “at least” 45 minutes in an oven preheated to 180°C.

Who would have thought stale bread could make your mouth water…