BELGIAN BROWSER Belgium’s cities have plenty of attractions for travellers to take in. Here’s our pick of hotels, restaurants and events TEXT GARY HILLS EATING OUT Brasserie de l’Alliance400 Rue Alphonse Allard, Braine l’Alleud L’Alliance has quickly built a reputation for its robust Belgian-French menu with healthy-sized portions of classic meat, […]

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Saving the seas Marine Protected Areas are designed to protect some of the world’s richest ocean environments. Kate Eshelby takes a look at their impact on the coastline of West Africa The early morning sun glints golden on the sea, which is alive with hundreds of turtles. On the sands […]

Saving the seas

Playing with food The latest contribution to Vienna’s rich musical heritage comes from the unlikeliest of sources, finds Nick Hodge When confronted by a pile of aubergines at a vegetable stall, most of us think along fairly mundane lines. “Perhaps I can chuck some of those into a pasta sauce,” […]

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FOOD ON THE FLY Sometimes it’s more than a question of a knife and fork! This African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is in mid-stoop with outstretched talons, about to catch its prey. With breathtaking precision and speed, the eagle will often snatch fish of comparable size to itself from the […]


Crossing Continents The dinner plate is now global, peppered with politics and liberally sauced with consumer demands. But what does this mean for the companies that form links in our international food chain? Sally Howard finds out… From fair trade to organic and ‘local living’, western consumers live in an […]

Crossing Continents

BELGIUM IN WINTER: WHAT TO DO When the temperatures drop and spring seems far off, there are plenty of fun places in Belgium to beat the winter blues BED DOWN The Dominican Hotel9 Rue Léopold, BrusselsIt’s not every day that a new hotel opens in Brussels, but the Dominican, part […]

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Claim to fame Martin Banks forecasts the future with a list of Belgium’s most probable emerging superstars The old joke “Name five famous Belgians” plays to the widely held perception that the country has produced few people of significance in its 177-year history. But look a little closer and you’ll […]

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Best Belgian Concept Stores With Belgium now boasting some of Europe’s coolest lifestyle stores and chicest cocktail bars, Carolijn Demensino discovers what the country has to offer the style-conscious visitor 1 Design & lifestyle shop: Donum131/33 Havermarkt, Hasselt, tel. (0)1 122 8336 and 47 Hopland, Antwerp This shop is a […]

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Notes from the front Paul Delafaille, Country Manager for Angola, worked in 18 different Africastations before heading up BA’ operations in Luanda, where hehas a first-hand view of a capital that’s booming What set you out on the road to becoming Brussels Airlines country manager in Angola?Even as a child, […]

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Christmas Markets, Rhinos & Cocktails: Our Pre-Xmas Guide Cocktail chic… In the Mistat the recently opened Kampala Serena Hotel, Kintu Road is the latest addition to the Ugandan capital’s bar scene. Already a popular haunt for Kampala’s glitterati, the bar has been named after Dian Fossey’s biography and film Gorillas […]

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