Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.
Hear the voice of Downton Abbey star Jim Carter bring to life David Teniers’ monumental depiction of a 17th-century wine harvest. Immerse yourself in Teniers’ unrivalled talent for storytelling as we see grape harvesters unloading their bounty, coopers fixing up wine barrels, a wine merchant sealing a deal, and worse for wear villagers raising their glasses to the temple of Bacchus. Unseen in over a century, ‘The Wine Harvest’ is the finest work by Teniers to come to market in living memory.
David Teniers the Younger or David Teniers II was a Flemish Baroque painter, printmaker, draughtsman, miniaturist painter, staffage painter, copyist and art curator. He was an extremely versatile artist known for his prolific output.
Recorded this 4k ultra hd video during a trip to Ghent, Belgium on August 2020.
Video Timeline Links: 00:00 – Ghent, Belgium Walking Tour Intro 01:24 – Saint Bavo Square 02:04 – Saint Bavo Cathedral 07:28 – Cloth Hall and Belfry of Ghent 10:31 – Ghent City Hall 13:03 – Mageleinstraat 15:07 – Saint Nicholas’ Church 17:49 – Korenmarkt 22:20 – Saint Michael’s Bridge 23:35 – Saint Michael’s Church 28:23 – Graslei & Korenlei Streets 33:37 – Design Museum Ghent 37:40 – Great Butcher’s Hall 40:08 – Gravensteen Castle 50:13 – Patershol Quarter 52:22 – Huis van Alijn 56:32 – Dulle Griet 58:03 – Friday Market Square 59:33 – Toreken 1:01:09 – Saint James’s Church
Ghent is a port city in northwest Belgium, at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages it was a prominent city-state. Today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized center is known for medieval architecture such as 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbor.
We recorded this 4k ultra hd video during our trip to Bruges, Belgium on August 2020. Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) is located in the northwest corner of Belgium and is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders. It is a mere 44 km from Ghent to the southeast and 145 km from Brussels.
The medieval center of Bruges is remarkably well preserved and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Bruges had its golden age around 1300 when it became one of the most prosperous cities of Europe. Our guided walking tour is about 1.55 miles (2.5 km) long, starts at Burg Square and covers most attractions and historic sites of Bruges.
Video Timeline Links: 00:00 – Bruges, Belgium Walking Tour Intro 03:56 – Burg Square 05:27 – Basilica of the Holy Blood 10:29 – Market Square (Grôte Markt) 11:32 – Provincial Court 13:04 – Historium Bruges 15:50 – Belfry of Bruges 22:30 – Simon Stevin Statue 25:55 – St. Salvator’s Cathedral 36:39 – Church of Our Lady 42:40 – Memling Museum 50:05 – Bonifacius Bridge 54:33 – Groeninge Museum
After nearly 500 days of negotiations, Belgium finally has a national government. It consists of seven parties but excludes the two biggest – both Flemish nationalist parties. Is Belgium’s complex political system workable in the long term?
And can the country hold together? Andrew Mueller asks Régis Dandoy, Carl Devos and Barbara Moens.
Two years ago I shot a film about Brussels for visit.Brussels and I ended up editing a separate film from the Flower Carpet since I had quite a bit of footage and only a few shots made it into the film. The idea was to release this film in 2020 when the next Flower Carpet event in Brussels takes place. Well, you can guess how that is going. Of course the event has been cancelled, but until the next one takes place you can enjoy the awesomeness here.
London Review of Books’ John Lanchester talks to Thomas Jones about Georges Simenon, whose output was so prodigious that even he didn’t know how many books he wrote.
Thomas Jones: Hello, and welcome to the London Review of Books podcast. My name is Thomas Jones, and today I’m talking to John Lanchester, who’s written a piece in the current issue of the LRB about Georges Simenon and his 75 Maigret novels, which Penguin have just finished reissuing in new translations. Hello, John.
John Lanchester: Hi Tom. Thanks for having me.
TJ: Thank you for joining me. And I thought we could begin where you begin your piece with Simenon’s ‘colossal output’, as you put it, and that nobody knows how many books he actually wrote, though it was probably more than four hundred, which is fewer than Barbara Cartland, but still puts the rest of us to shame.
JL: He didn’t half crack on, that’s true. Yes, he started as a young man in Liège, his home town in Belgium. And he got a job as a reporter on the local paper. I think he was not quite 16, which is properly strange. It’s like something out of a high concept kid’s TV show, you know, Georges Simenon – Boy Reporter, and very early on latched onto the idea of making money through writing.He began writing when he was 18, his first book came out when he was 19. He started writing every sort of potboiler, thrillers, romances, sort of semi-porn westerns, things like that, at an absolutely astounding rate of productivity. And his target was eighty pages a day, typewritten, and even on the assumption that the pages … I mean, a short page would be 150 words and it could well have been more, but it was 10,000 words a day, and he did that every single day. And then he’d write eighty pages, and then he’d go and be sick. Just from the physical and mental exertion and the strain. That was in the morning. And then he’d recover and do a bit of light reading and pottering about. And then the next day he did the same again, over and over and over for about seven years. And in that period, as you’ve mentioned, we don’t know exactly how many, because he forgot, and he had multiple pseudonyms. The main one being Georges Sim, which was how he was known when he began writing the Simenon novels. People thought that Simenon was a pseudonym because George Sim was so well known, but he seems to have written about 150 or more books in this seven-year burst. It makes you feel peculiar even to think about what that must have been like.