Originally posted by tamandmik
While you are there, be sure to visit one of the 4 or 5 trappist monasteries that brew some of the best beer in the world. I plan someday on making a pilgrimage there just for that specific purpose.
By all means! Especially the abbey at Chimay in the Ardennes, not too far from Bruxelles. By the way, the Zman post above was made by me, on the wrong laptop. Oops.
You will love Bruges. It's called Venice of the west as there are many canals. It's really not too touristy. There are several cathedrals there. Be sure to visit Church of Our Lady where you will find the exquisite sculpture of Madonna and Child by Michaelangelo. His only work of art to leave Italy in his lifetime. Look at her face. She is beautiful. The church also contains a painting of The Crucifiction of Christ by van Dyck.
Other beautiful places to visit in the area are Mons, Dinant and Namur. But be careful! There are two languages, French and Flemish. In Flemish, Mons is called Bergen. The road signs are equally as misleading.
A trip to Antwerp is always lovely, it's the diamond capitol of Europe.
Enjoy your stay in Belgium, it's a beautiful country with beautiful people who enjoy "la belle vie", beer and good food!