Patrick West 27 June 2015 9:00 am
Usually, one of the first indications that you’ve entered a bilingual country is that the road signs are in two…
Bruce Anderson 13 September 2014 9:00 am
The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles has been mentioned in this column before. I can report that the membership is…
Laura Gascoigne 27 November 2010 12:00 am
The historic centre of Bruges has 16 museums, enough to cater for every touristic taste. There’s a Diamond Museum, a Lace Centre, a Choco-Story (the narrative element distinguishes it from the 50 chocolate shops) and a Friet Museum — or ‘Belgian Fries Museum’, for English-speakers under the misapprehension that fries are French. But the main focus of the city’s five-yearly festival, now in full swing, is on a local product the French cannot lay claim to: the Flemish painting tradition founded by Jan van Eyck, who died in Bruges in 1441.