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  • Belgium: Be ready for linguistic overload

    Belgium has three official languages—Flemish, French and German—and many citizens have strong allegiances to their region’s particular linguistic flavor (except Brussels, which is bilingual in Flemish and French). When in doubt, use English, which is widely understood and a less contentious choice; assuming incorrectly can be nearly as taboo here as bringing up politics.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on November 22, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EST in Travel Tips
  • Belgium: Eat french fries

    These are a Belgian invention. Stands (friterie in French or frituur in Flemish) serve them in large cones, with a selection of condiments that go far beyond banal ketchup. Another favorite snack is the famous Belgian waffle (gaufres in French, waffles in Flemish), which you can buy at stands and in some city bakeries. Waffles are considered an afternoon snack here, though.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 05, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Belgium: Plan ahead for beer

    Almost as requisite as riding a bicycle in Brussels or hiking the high moors of Wallonia on your Belgian adventure is sampling the local brews, the making of which is a tradition that dates back centuries. Westvleteren Trappist comes highly recommended. Some breweries offer tours only by appointment; call ahead—it's worth it.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on June 15, 2010 at 2:00:55 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Europe's Undiscovered Capital Cities

    London... Paris... Rome... A handful of European capitals hog the touristic limelight. Yet there are many others, each ideal for certain types of travelers, that deserve more than their current C-list status. Ready to re-think your bucket list? Take a peek at these underrated cities.

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on May 19, 2010 at 9:35:17 AM EDT in Trip Ideas Tagged: unitedarabemirates, abudhabi
  • 9 Picturesque Towns in Europe: What Would You Add?

    Our editors recently chose the most picturesque towns in Europe, and the result was published in Fodor's Essential Europe. You can find our choices below—but we're never happy to let the discussion end there. We wanted to know what the travelers in our Europe forums had to say as well, so we asked them: did their favorites appear on our list? What would they add?

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on August 12, 2009 at 2:49:31 PM EDT in Tagged: alaska, luxembourg, Indiana, United Arab Emirates, Beirut, Conservation, hamptons, aspen