Gaasbeek, Belgium

La sfarsit de septembrie, chiar la iesirea din Bruxelles, o oaza de liniste si relaxare intr-o padure frumoasa la castelul Gaasbeek. Piticul meu a fost foarte fericit ca a gasit multe baltoace in care a sarit (traiasca cizmele de cauciuc!)


At the end of September, set outside Brussels, an oasis of tranquillity and relaxation in a beautiful forest at Gaasbeek Castle. My toddler was very happy for all the puddles he found in the forest (luckily, he had rubber boots)

 

Floralia 2017, Brussels

  • when: One month each year (mid april till mid may)
  • where: Kasteel VAN GROOT-BIJGAARDEN Isidoor Van Beverenstraat 5, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden, België
  • price: Adults: 12 euros, kids 6-14years: 5 euros, under 6years: free.

Is pretty, oh so pretty.


De la mijlocul lunii aprilie pana la mijlocul lunii mai la castelul VAN GROOT-BIJGAARDEN, 12 euro adulti. E frumos, pe cuvant!

 

Winter at La Hulpe

romania_flag17 ian 2016 – zapada in Belgia, in una din locatiile mele favorite de langa Bruxelles – castelul La Hulpe!


united_kingdom17 Jan 2016 – Snow in Belgium, in one of my favorite locations near Brussels: La Hulpe castle.

snow portrait

la hulpe chateau

forest la hulpe castle

hulpe lake

beteween tree branches

snow branches

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la hulpe winter

portrait winter

children sleigh la hulpe

winter belgium 2016

la hulpe snow

at la hulpe

la hulpe ducks

castle

snow bush

stroller on snow

snow branch

winter portraits

dog on snow

snow in belgium

walking on snow

la hulpe castle

sun snow

walk on snow

snow forest

walk

chateau de la hulpe, hiver

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Andreea at La Hulpe

united_kingdomMemories of a September day at La Hulpe Castle in Belgium. You probably already know Andreea, my cousin, from previous shoots.


romania_flagPoze pentru amintirea unei zile de septembrie din 2014, intr-o vacanta binemeritata dupa examenul de capacitate. Andreea purta fesul lui V gasit in adancurile unui sertar.

Andreea, fesul se simte singur si te asteapta sa vii si sa il porti! 😀

 

andreea la hulpe castle

la hulpe windows

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la hulpe portrait

Château de Jehay, Belgium

The domain and its history

united_kingdomChâteau de Jehay is recognizable among all others thanks to its famous checker-board cladding, made up of thick white chalk stone bonders alternating with brown sandstone rubble stones.


romania_flagDomeniul si istoria sa: Castelul Jehay se diferentiaza de alte castele datorita aspectului exterior de “tabla de sah“, datorita amestecului de piatra alba cu piatra bej.

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Chateau Jehay Belgium castle

Jehay garden chateu castle belgium
 

In the footsteps of Guy van den Steen, sculptor

united_kingdomIn the park, the sculptures by the former proprietor of these premises are a real talking point…A journey through the arts of the land of imaginary characters: the Praying Mantis, Innocence, Venus bathing, Ophelia, and many others.


romania_flagPe urmele sculptorului Guy van den Steen: in parcul castelului se afla numeroase sculpturi ce pot starni diverse reactii…

statues women chateau jehay

 

Wherever the wind takes you

united_kingdomLinked to the château by a five-arched bridge, the Italian-style gardens extend as far as the eye can see. A stroll amongst the remarkable trees is a pure pleasure. Allow yourself to be guided by the murmur of the wind in the leaves.


romania_flagUn pod cu cinci arcade face legatura intre castel si gradinile in stil Italian care se intand cat vezi cu ochii. O plimbare printre copaci poate fi foarte placuta daca te lasi purtat de murmurul vantului printre frunze.

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chateau jehay garden bench

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on the bench couple

There are more castles in Belgium!

Here is a list of the castles in Belgium that I have seen so far. You will surely like them!

Seneffe Castle, Belgium

It became a habit that every weekend I go discover Belgium’s marvels: palaces, castles or ruins. Now, in autumn, it’s even more beautiful!

Seneffe castle was my choice for this beautiful late October and it was amazing! The garden was quiet at sunset and the warm weather made it perfect to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

The access to the park and gardens is free and for the Castle/Museum is 5 euros for adults.

After visiting the castle’s park, I went in the town of Seneffe and discovered a beautiful brick church and many children dressed for Halloween, running around and hiding, playing some sort of game and trowing balls at each other. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon!

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autumn

seneffe castle

park seneffe seneffe fountain

seneffe castle autumnThe castle behind yellow trees
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mushroom in front of the castle seneffe the park

autumn blue sky seneffe alley

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There were some coloured, little statues in the front courtyard, all of them carrying plastic bottles

The church in Seneffe townThe church in Seneffe town

Halloween is taken seriously in Belgium. Children dress scary and go out on the streetsHalloween is taken seriously in Belgium. Children dress scary and go out on the streets

Don’t miss:

The Lavaux-Sainte-Anne Castle, Belgium

The  Lavaux-Sainte-Anne Castle (Château de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne), located in Belgium, was erected around 1450 and it has a moat, a drawbridge and massive round towers. Later, around the year 1630, the Baron Jacques Reynard de Rouveroy adapted the castle to the fashion of that time by adding a beautiful roofs to the towers, remodeled the interior and the inner courtyard.

Today, the rooms of the castle are large and simple, with medieval furniture, large fireplaces and wooden floors that squeak under your steps.

The castle is like a museum of hunt and some rooms display mounted animals.

Practical information:

  • opened from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (5 pm from 1st of Nov till 1st of April)
  • Last ticket is sold 1h15min before the closing time
  • Adress: Rue du Chateau, 8, 5580 Lavaux-Sainte-Anne. It’s easy to get there by car from Brussels, but more difficult by public transport.

The blue sky that I was hoping for, was covered in clouds that shed a few tears, but I am used to Belgian weathers, so I will not complain any further 😉

View from the garden

A little stone bridge in the courtyard of the castleA little stone bridge in the courtyard of the castle

that's the closest I could get. One step more and off it went :)That’s the closest I could get. One step more and she ran away.

Garden view

Inside the castle

I loved this spiral wooden staircaseI loved this spiral wooden staircase

These chairs look very umcomfortable with those deer horns all over the place. One wrong move...and that's it for you :DThese chairs looked uncomfortable with deer horns all over the place. One wrong move and…

A nice window

the stable at Lavaux-Sainte-Anne CastleThe stable at Lavaux-Sainte-Anne Castle

view over the garden at Lavaux-Sainte-Anne CastleThe garden of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne Castle

roses and castle

another room with a large fireplace

cobbled alley

the inner garden of the CastleThe inner garden of the Castle

You can have wedding at this castle

The nice stone bridgeA little stone bridge

the same staircase from earlier, only that this is a frontal view

The inner courtyard wth nice columns

a very intrigued deer

the garden

the beautiful castle

columns

the pond around the Castle

water around

another window view

orange leaves and a nice castle

Don’t miss the other Castles in Belgium.

Modave Castle, Belgium

In Belgium there are many castles.

This post is about Modave Castle, located in Liege Province in Belgium.

The Modave Castle was built in middle ages, but was partly demolished and then restored in the 17th century, giving it the facade of today. The oldest part of the castle (the donjonthe keep), is built at 60 meters above the Hoyoux River valley. The terrace of the castle offers a magnificent view of the nature surrounding the valley.

Modave castle

The rooms of the castle are richly decorated, with remarkable ceilings, beautiful paintings and sculptures, furniture and tapestries dating from the 18th century.

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Practical info about the Modave Castle (“Chateau de Modave” in french):

  • Entry fee 7.5 euros for adults
  • Opened from April 1st till November 15th
    Every day from 10 am to 6 pm (last ticket sold at : 5 pm)
    Closed on Mondays (except holidays and july & august)
  • Address: Château de Modave, Rue du Parc 4, 4577 MODAVE
  • Official page: http://www.modave-castle.be/accueil

Chateau de Modave

We visited Modave Castle on a warm October day, with lovely autumn colors.

Enjoy the pictures and have a wonderful day!

hoyoux modave

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table modave stair modave room modave modave walls modave interior modave interior (2) modave carpet chairs kitchen modave interior modave

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La Hulpe Castle, Belgium

united_kingdomThe beautiful “La Hulpe Castle” is located in the south of Brussels, Belgium, at approximate 20 minutes drive from Brussels. The castle is situated on the Domaine Solvay: a huge park with lakes, ducks and green spaces that go deep into the Sonian Fores (Foret de Soignes).

The park around the castle is very big, therefore you can easily find a corner just for you to relax on a blanket or read a book.

A big parking lot is conveniently located next to the entrance.

The following photos were taken during all seasons, as I enjoy going to La Hulpe as often as I can. It’s one of the best places near Brussels, perfect to escape the city. 🙂


romania_flagCastelul La Hulpe se afla la Sud de Bruxelles, in Belgia. E situat pe Domeniul Solvay: un parc imens cu lacuri, cu ratuste si mult spatiu verde ce se continua cu Padurea Soniana. Parcul din jurul castelului fiind foarte mare, nu e aglomerat si poti gasi mereu o oaza de liniste si pace, te poti relaxa pe o patura sau citind o carte la umbra unui copac.

La intrare exista o parcare pentru masini, foarte convenabil!

Urmatoarele poze cu castelul La Hulpe sunt facute in toate anotimpurile, pentru ca ne place sa dam o fuga pana acolo cat de des putem, asa e de frumos!

 

Chateau de la hulpe, belgique, Bruxelles, solvay domaineView from the front / Vedere din fata castelului La Hulpe

horse riding la hulpe brussels

la hulpe castle near brussels

weekend festival la hulpe septemberA weekend festival on the La Hulpe Domain / Un festival intr-un weekend la castelul La Hulpe

children running on grass, La hulpe, Belgium

family on grass, summer, blue sky, belgium ,la hulpe

lake at la hulpe castle, autummn

biking la hulpe sonian forest brussels

white pony, la hulpe

deer running in forest

La Hulpe Castle, Brussels, Belgium

The reason I like Belgium so much is that there are many charming places to discover in weekends.

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Veves Castle and Celles Village, Belgium

Castle of Veves

united_kingdomWhat a lovely way to spend an warm autumn Sunday visiting this fairy tale castle: the Castle of Veves. Maybe Cinderella lived here? It surely looks like it 😉

Veves Castle (“Chateau de Veves” in French) dates back from the 15th century and it has 6 towers. The landscape around the castle is quiet and beautiful and it’s located near the village Celles.

You can visit the Castle of Veves from 1st of April till 4th of November, from 10:00 to 17:00 (closed on Monday and Friday, opened on Public Holidays)


romania_flagCe mod frumos de a petrece o Duminica de toamna! Am vizitat Castelul Veves, in Belgia. Castelul dateaza din sec 15, are 6 turnuri, iar peisajul inconjurator e minunat de frumos si de linistit. Pare un castel de poveste. Imi imaginez balul Cenuseresei cand si-a pierdut pantoful.

E deschis din 1 Aprilie pana pe 4 Noiembrie, de la 10:00-17:00. Inchis Luni si Vineri. Deschis de sarbatorile legale.

 

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winter castle of veves

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The Castle of Veves

Bell at Castle of Veves

The dinner table at Castle of Veves

Another castle can be seen through the windowAnother castle can be seen through the window

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Room in Castle of Veves

It feels like a sorcerer's BookLooks like a sorcerer’s Book

chapel veves castleA small chapel in the castle

Wooden staircase in Castle of Veves

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The inner courtyard at Castle of VevsThe inner courtyard at Castle of Veves

Inside the Castle of Veves

nature veves castleBeginning of autumn at Castle of Veves

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Cozy corner at Castle of Veves

Village of Celles

After visiting the Veves Castle, we went to the nearby village, Celles. What a fantastic idea that was!

The village of Celles has a few stone houses decorated with flowers and other ornaments, a lovely restaurant and many cows and sheep on the surrounding fields.

The fresh air and quietness make you feel an overwhelming happiness that only a place like this can offer, away from the crowds and pollution of big cities. I hardly left the place, with a promise that I will, one day, go back.

The church up on the hill in CellesThe church on the hill in Celles

Stone church and blue sky in CellesStone church and blue sky in Celles

A very pretty decoration on the wall of a houseA very pretty decoration on the wall of a house

Nice decorations in front of the housesAll houses in the small village of Celles have pretty decoration on the outside

Stone house in CellesA stone house in Celles

The Celles village, View from the hillThe Celles village, view from the hill

Impressive statue

Romantic, beautiful, cozy decoration on front of the houses

In Celles

Lovely stone house in CellesLovely stone house in Celles

Cathedral in CellesThe Cathedral in Celles

Many flowers

Interesting flowersInteresting flowers

The church on the hillThe church on the hill in Celles

Don’t miss:

Havré Castle, Belgium

After finishing the visit at Beloeil Castle, I drove for about 30 minutes to Havré Ruins. It’s such a great subject for beautiful photos!

Adress: Rue du Château  7021, Havre, Belgium

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Beloeil Castle, Belgium

Beloeil Castle (“Château de Belœil” in French) in Belgium, is located at 1 hour drive from Brussels. Château de Belœil is one of the most beautiful Castles in Belgium and dates back from the 14th century and is surrounded by a beautiful Baroque garden. Beloeil Castle and its gardens can be visited only during some months of the year (see below the practical info).

When I went to Belœil Castle in Belgium there weren’t many visitors, which was perfect: quiet and peaceful!

The alleys of the park surrounding the Château de Belœil were quite muddy to walk on. Luckily during weekends every 20 minutes there is a Choo Choo Train that drives around for the tour of the gardens.

Practical info about Chateau de Beloeil in Belgium:

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beloeil castle garden and lake

Château de Belœil interior

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Château de Belœil

chateau de beloeil garden

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