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Old Jan 3rd 2014, 03:21 AM
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That would depend entirely upon what you're interested in; nature, culture, old cities vs. modern cities, etc. etc.
Having said that, I live in Belgium so you can pretty much visit the whole thing in a fortnight
What makes Belgium worth visiting?
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Old Jan 3rd 2014, 07:51 AM
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What makes Belgium worth visiting?
Imho Bruges is the prettiest city in the world.
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Old Jan 3rd 2014, 08:00 AM
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Imho Bruges is the prettiest city in the world.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationP..._Province.html
Thank you, does indeed look nice
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Old Jan 3rd 2014, 11:39 AM
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Next time I'm driving down through the US, I do plan to make a point of visiting Cleveland - based on your recommendation.

I don't mind a bit of urban blight - I've been to Detroit and Buffalo, as well as good old Hamilton and east end Montreal. I've also been to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and east-end London just to keep perspective on the issue. Britain has some really nasty 'council estates'. Seems like every big city that's at least a hundred plus years old has some old industrial districts (and neighboring housing) that is ugly as shit. So far the worst place in the USA I've seen was North Philadelphia (Germantown) back in the late-1980's when the crack epidemic was rolling through. That was bad - looked like a war-zone. Detroit by comparison is creepy because it is so empty. The slums in Germantown 'war-zone' were filled with people.

Here in Toronto, we've bulldozed most of the old factories and gentrified our old working class neighborhoods, but that stuff used to be here too.
I vaguely remember going down to a waterfront with some very cool old brick buildings and some overpriced martinis.
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Doesn't appeal to me, I am afraid
What kind of stuff are you interested in?
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I vaguely remember going down to a waterfront with some very cool old brick buildings and some overpriced martinis.

What kind of stuff are you interested in?
Nature, people going about their daily lives, ruins
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Old Jan 3rd 2014, 12:27 PM
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Nature, people going about their daily lives, ruins
Well you're not going to have a whole lot of ruins luck in the United States, at least not ancient. We have some mounds in Southern Ohio, some ancient native civilization sites in the Southwest of the country. We have plenty of 19th century ruination though.

People going about their daily lives is everywhere.

Nature is also everywhere, but again it depends on your preference. We have thousands of acres of national park, which approximate the nature of their biosphere.
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What makes Belgium worth visiting?
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Nature, people going about their daily lives, ruins
In that case, everything south and east of the river Maas/Meuse, i.e. the Ardennes. All green, heaps of quaint little villages and little cities and ruins to boot. Here's one example : The Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville :

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Imho Bruges is the prettiest city in the world.
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Thank you, does indeed look nice
Bruges to me is a dead boring provincial town of no interest. It's a tourist trap though. The 'medieval' city center is fabricated, little of it is genuine.
If you're into such cities, Ghent is a much better option.
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In that case, everything south and east of the river Maas/Meuse, i.e. the Ardennes. All green, heaps of quaint little villages and little cities and ruins to boot. Here's one example : The Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville :

Seems a shame I have overlooked Belgium when it is so near to me. thank you
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Bruges to me is a dead boring provincial town of no interest. It's a tourist trap though. The 'medieval' city center is fabricated, little of it is genuine.
If you're into such cities, Ghent is a much better option.
Yes, Ghent has been high on my list for quite some time.
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