I had to visit the beautiful medieval castle village of Kronenburg twice. That was because the first time it was during the days of the Christmas market when the streets were filled up with people and I couldn’t see anything of the settlement but hardly passing each other people on the narrow, cobbled streets or drinking Glühwein around numerous tables.

The second time, it was a couple of weeks before the Christmas market, and the difference was Continue reading



Spa…. it sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Yes, this is the word used to indicate all balneological procedures, but it derives from the name of the Belgian town of Spa – known as early as the Roman times for its medicinal thermal springs. ‘Sparsa Fontana’/’Running Fountain’ is one of the Continue reading

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Ouren

On the track of the Knights Templar – part 2

Even though there is only one place that is officially linked to the Knights Templar, and it is on German territory, a great number of legends circulate in the surrounding area – South East Belgium – as well (and I believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire), referring to numerous Templar castles and monasteries vanished overnight into thin air after the dissolution of the Order; to buried church bells and treasures that no one could find to this very day; and also to extremely heavy chests that had been found, but then they had  Continue reading