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"Visit Mechelen.Probably not..." Belgium Favorite Tip by steventilly

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Favorite thing: Visit Mechelen.

Probably not on most people's itinerary, Mechelen really is worth a day trip. It is the one time capital of Belgium (though only for a brief period) and contains a few little treasures, the most obvious of which is St. Rombout's Cathedral.

Other than the Cathedral, there are some other truly beautiful things to be found in Mechelen, if you only know where to look for them.

Fondest memory: Mechelen used to be the home of the Lamot brewery. This was the beer I used to drink as a lad, when we first ventured into the world of alcohol. The reason was mainly because it was 'different', a little pretentious - well you know how it is when you're young. Sadly the brewery is closed now, and the brand no longer produced (thanks ITW).

The day we went to Mechelen it was just soooo hot, we spent half of the day in the shade of some trees in the park, drinking Kriek out of bottles and eating some delightful cakes we bought in one of the bakeries. That is my overriding memory of our day in Mechelen. Oh, that and the fact that I left our lunch in the Tourist office, and we had to walk all the way back to retrieve it! ;-/

Pic: Izjerenleen, looking towards the Schepenhuis.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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