If Belgium's spotlight on the European stage is a little dim, it's only because its people are rarely boastful. This slow-burning country has more history, art, food and architecture packed into its tiny self than many of its bigger, louder neighbours. Well, that's how a guidebook may describe this 'artificial state' roughly made up of two parts Germanic Flemings in the North to one part Celtic-Latin Walloons in the South.

I think it is more accurate to describe Belgium as bubbling mixture of vats of beer, chocolate, oil paint and European Union bureaucrats. After all, what else has Belgium done other than let the Germans march through in 1914 and 1939?


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