A Virtual Vacation via Social Networking
Join us on our Worldwide Journey!
Social Networking sites help lead the way to discover and meet new friends from all over the world. In the many years that I've been on socially networking I've had the honor of meeting some wonderful people!
I have asked a few friends to contribute some relevant information about why their part of the world is more unique than other parts of the world. The results were astounding. I appreciate the contributions I received and I hope you do also.
I am a East Coast U.S.A. girl. I was born and bred on Long Island, New York. I moved to Orlando many years ago and I consider it home. One thing I appreciate about living in Florida is there is barely a change of seasons. In NY I experienced the four seasons for 21 years, that was enough for me. The temperatures in Florida are extremely warm most of the year, but that's how I like it.
Enough about me let's go read what the rest of the world considers unique about their part of the universe.
Join us on our journey around the world. We will visit different countries and coasts. Who knows you might plan a vacation after reading the stories I collected. You might decide to move to another country or maybe you won't make that move after all.
Welcome to my "Social Networking Melting Pot."
After you disembark from you virtual journey consider stopping by Daisy Mariposa HubPage's and take a geography quiz!
"Canada" by Suzie my Canadian BFF
Its COLD in Winter, and winters seem longer the older I get, however I don't live in an Igloo!!!
I'm counting down the days to Spring, our Summers are beautiful, full of days at the beach and cottage.
We have great Health Care, but our Government isn't the best.
Taxes are up to 13%.
I'd rather live in Florida, but for now I'm a content canuck.
"Australia" by Glynis my Aussie BFF
The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is our very own National Treasure.
The crystal clear waters....the whites sands...the exotic underwater world there, home to some of the most beautiful creatures, but also the most dangerous.
Where else in the world can you find:
The Tasmanian Devil.....Bilby's.....Emu's...Platypus'....Kangaroo's of all sizes....Dingo's, to name but a few of our unique animals.
The Great White Shark put's "Jaws" to shame! Venture into the Outback, and you enter yet another world. Uluru..."the big red rock" in the Nothern Territory, listed as a World Heritage Site, is a sacred site to our Aboriginal people.
Travel to the Island state of Tasmania, and discover other treasures.
The Huon Pine trees that grown in the south West of the state, can not be found anywhere else in the world.
A lost treasure from this island state is the Tasmaina Tiger....or Thylacine. More like a dog than a tiger, it is believed extinct since 1936.
Last but not least, Australia is home to human treasures, to name but a few...Simon Baker and Keith Urban, while Nicole Kidman and Peter Allen, "Still Call Australia Home" ....as do I.
"East Coast Time Zone U.S.A" by fpherj48
Although I have lived in numerous areas for periods of time in my life, they have all been located within a 400-mile radius of the rural area I was born and raised in. Settling back here permanently, at least 25 years ago, I would not consider living elsewhere.
Most members of my beloved family and life-long friends are nearby. It's my comfort zone, graced with familiarities and treasured memories of my own childhood and that of my children. I completely embrace our gift of four distinct seasons, our autumns, providing a piece of heaven on earth.
The small-town characteristics create the perfect buffer zone to urban-life availability. Gifts of nature abound in our vast farm lands, the Alleghany Mountains and a Great Lake Erie. I admit I feel blessed to be able to be where my soul feels most peace and freedom. Always has, always will.
God Bless The U.S.A. - Lee Greenwood
"West Coast Time Zone U.S.A." by Poetic Fool
"Contrary to the song, it does rain in southern California but only rarely.
The weather is beautiful with awesome summers and mild winters, but that isn't what makes SoCal unique.
Where else but SoCal can you literally be skiing or snowboarding in the morning, surfing in the afternoon and dine in the evening at a 5-star restaurant after attending an A-list concert or play?
There may be other places but I can't think of them!"
"Central Time Zone U.S.A." by ZZRon
The great state of Texas is known for its large size, everything in Texas is big including the hearts and generosity of the people.
The best southern hospitality as well as the hottest and most beautiful ladies in the world and the best southern rock music that is sure to make any visitor never want to leave.
"Mountain Time Zone USA" by Jennifer Essary
Idaho is known for its famous potatoes but there many more secrets few people have explored. The capital city of Boise located in the southwestern corner of the state boasts 206 days of sunshine a year. Average rainfall for the year is a mere 11 inches compared to a national average of 36.5. (source: http://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/idaho/boise_city ) Naturally the summer months are dry, humidity is very low, and the evenings are significantly cooler than the heat of the day.
The climate perfectly supports over 40 wineries found in the region. In 2007 the Snake River Valley Appellation was federally designated as a viticultural area.
Idaho isn’t a place most people think of when their yearly vacation rolls around.
However, if you're looking to get away from the rest of the world there are towns like Stanley. It is nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains with a population of 100 people. (Image: http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/idaho/images/s/idaho-sawtooth-mountains.jpg ) Outdoor enthusiasts will love this state because any outdoor activity you can imagine is found in Idaho. Fly fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and snow sports are some of the most popular. Sightseeing wildlife such as bison, elk, moose, and bear can be found most places.
However, for a wonderful wildlife experience Idaho shares the eastern portion of Yellowstone National Park with the state of Wyoming. Sun Valley is best known for its world class skiing and celebrity sightings. For those who prefer warmer weather there are streets filled with boutiques and restaurants to visit year round.
No matter where you travel in Idaho the people are friendly and many will strike up a conversation. It reminds me of days gone by when people weren’t in such a rush to get where they were going.
"Scotland" by Melovy
Scotland is famous for its mountains, castles and festivals.
As well as a huge number of inventors who are responsible for the steam engine, the telephone, the television, a cure for scurvy and apparently the Bank of England - oh and the computer game Lemmings.
We all know what lemmings do, and Scotland is also famous for having the most cigarette smoking, heart-disease riddled, drunks in Europe. And we can laugh at ourselves!
"We Are The World"
"Jamaica" by Rasta1
- Jamaica is the most popular country among the Caribbean islands.
- Jamaicans are very much aware of the global environment and different cultures around the world.
- The now extinct Native Indians from the Island named the land Xyamaica. This name means blessed land of resources (wood and water).
- Jamaicans are more interested in people from other countries than their own.
- Jamaica has a melting pot culture of its own.
- The food and language is influenced by African, Indian, European, Chinese, Spain and American cultures.
"South Africa" by Martie Coetser
I cannot picture myself living in any other country as South Africa. To explain will take me hours. So I am going to pin some words that may give others an idea what living in South Africa means to me.
Sunny – South Africa is a country of sunshine, beer and outdoor sports.
October is the most beautiful month in South Africa, when spring is in full swing. ‘O’ also stress South Africa’s fortunate position between the Atlantic Ocean (west) and the Indian ocean (east). The two oceans meet each other at the most southern point of Africa. There is a remarkable difference between the two oceans. The Atlantic is cold with a crystal texture, while the Indian is warm with a velvet texture.
Ubuntu is something one experience daily in South Africa. Ubuntu is a Zulu word which means 'I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am'. Also: ‘It is through others that one attains selfhood.’
Table Mountain is a distinct and prominent landmark of South Africa and a significant tourist attraction. Its vegetation consists of several different types of the unique Cape Fynbos (fine bush). This is only one of many singularities in South Africa, making me a proud citizen.
Heartiness is a typical quality of South-Africans.
Adjustments made to our constitution demolished Apartheid in 1994. The fact that this was done in a civilized and peaceful way under leadership of FW de Clerk and Nelson Mandela, will forever keep me proudly South African.
Friendliness is an undeniable quality of South African people.
Racism is after the demolishing of Apartheid more of a problem in other countries as it is in South Africa.
Implacability is not a word one can use to describe the different nations of South Africa. We are called the Rainbow Nation; we have eleven official languages. English, the mother language of the minority, is our medium of instruction.
Cape Town is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. In 2011 it was named in the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards as the Best Destination in the World.In the National Geographic 2011 as well as in the Lonely Planet Awards 2011, Cape Town is listed No. 2 of Top 10 Beach Cities in the World.
Affectionateness and hospitality are two descriptive words for the majority citizens of South Africa.
"Phillippines" by Raciniwa
- The Philippines has more than 7,000 islands
- We have beautiful tourist destinations
- We have around 175 local languages
- Filipinos are known for hospitality
- Our Underground River in Palawan Puerto Princesa was chosen as one of the modern wonders of the world
- The most popular meal is the lechon which means roasted pork
- We celebrate lots of fiestas
- The Phillippines is overpopulated. We have more than 94 million people
- Unemployment is high and our peso value decreases over time
- Children here still believe in Santa although they haven't received gifts being placed on a stocking, but we receive gifts at Christmas.
- When I was young there were no gifts for me
- Most of the children live below below poverty line. Some of them even lived on the sidewalks.
- Favorite household pets are the dog mostly, but some prefer the cat. We don't have the same animal protection in our country than the U.S.A.
"Spain" by MarieAlice
Five years ago, along with my husband and my four children I moved to a beautiful town located in the South on Andalucia, Spain. This unique place called Mijas forms part of the Costa Del Sol and could make anyone fall in love with it.
You can enjoy it`s mild weather almost all the year not to mention the hot summer that makes millions of tourist to come each year and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.
There is a beautiful and historic hillside village called Mijas Pueblo, well known for the white houses, narrow streets, donkey taxis and beautiful churches. You can always enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea.
The best part for me is Mijas Costa (where I live), this is the southern part of Mijas and the closest to the beach. Here you may find the best Golf Courses, Beach resorts and the “Chiringuitos” or restaurants located in the beaches al around the coast.
One of the things that really surprised me and make me fall in love with this place is the Feria spirit; they love to celebrate almost everything, from Saints Festivities (that start with traditional Romerias) to Historical and Cultural events.
During all these celebrations we enjoy the delicious food, wonderful music and share the party spirit that make Spanish people unique!!!
"Bulgaria" by m0rd0r
Regarding Bulgaria, we have only few things good here:
Best yogurt as far as I know. It is exported worldwide with Japan being largest customer.
Finest rose oils are made in the Rose valley (the city of Kazanlak) and are sold worldwide @ prices between $3k - $6k per kilogram (a bit more than 2 pounds), depending on purity.
In our lands (ancient Thrace) is born Spartacus, the Gladiator slave rebel that almost overthrown Roman empire.
Very good internet quality and as far as I can speak for myself, we have quite good IT and developers. Quite big companies such as HP, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft are outsourcing Developer teams here.
"Nepal" by Vinaya Ghimire
About 2600 years Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism was born in Nepal. Lumbini, the birth of Buddha, is 280 km west of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The site has been declared as world heritage site of historical importance by UNESCO.
Everest (8848 meters), Kanchenjunga (8568 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Manaslu (8163 meters) Annapurna I (8091 meters) are some of the world’s highest mountains stretched along Nepal-Tibet boarder. Since the Chinese government is too protective about Tibetan issue, it restricts the permit to Everest from Tibetan side. People find trekking to Everest Base Camp or Everest expedition easy from Nepali side. In fact, the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary was succeeded from Nepali side.
"India" by Rajan Singh Jolly
- India is a unique country in its own way.
- The 7th largest country by geographical area, the second most populous after China and the largest democracy in the world.
- A history extending back to about 30000 years in time.
- A country with the largest number of diverse cultures.
- A nation having 28 different languages and 6 different major religions.
- The geographical diversity encompasses deserts in the West, the Himalayan mountains in the North, beautiful beaches down South and the central plains it has all the ingredients needed to attract tourists.
- Boasting of the largest university in the world with IGNOU it is home to the world famous institutions like the IIT's.
- The Taj Mahal, the world famous Khajuraho temples famous for the oldest and the most erotic sculptures in the world, The Golden Temple, the Konark Sun Temple, the beaches in Goa and the Kashmir valley are amongst some of the famous tourist attractions.
- A country where sadly the disparity between the rich and poor is possibly the largest and most evident.
- A country having the minimal crimes against tourists and where English is spoken in most parts of the country.
- A country on the verge of becoming a super power but still has to work a lot to eradicate poverty, take more steps to educate the masses, stamp out corruption, deal with fundamentalism, control the ever increasing surge in population are some of the issues that need serious and concerted efforts by the powers that are.
"United Kingdom" by Nell Rose
- The UK is unique because we have such a long history.
- We still have the Castles and ancient buildings to show for it.
- Along with our legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood it makes the UK a magical place to visit.
- Of course Scotland has the lochness monster!
- Along with Wales and its amazing language.
- Ireland with its tales of little people.
"United Kingdom South Shields" by Jools99
My place in the UK is a town called South Shields which was once a Roman military town; we still have the remains of a Roman fort in the town. People here are well known for being a pretty friendly bunch, we are known in the UK as 'Geordies' and have very strong regional dialects (go on You Tube and type in 'Geordie accent' to hear an example and you'll see what I mean).
The UK, as you know, is an island and I live right by the seaside and we have one of the longest natural greenbelts in England and a gorgeous rocky, wild coastline. We are known locally as 'Sand Dancers' because we have lovely golden beaches, shame about the freezing cold waters of the North Sea and also because we have a big Asian community (so 'sand dancers' refers to our beaches and the 'desert's of their homelands).
What might be unique? We've been invaded by almost every external enemy, we were invaded by Brigantines, Romans and Vikings and the Celts so we're a real bunch of mongrels, part Roman, part Celt, part Viking with a bit of the middle East thrown in for good measure.
Famous people from my town -the author, Catherine Cookson (once the most read author in the UK), Eric Idle (Monty Python), Frank Williams (motor racing boss), Ridley Scott (Director) and most famously here but little known around the world...William Wouldhave, the inventor of the Lifeboat. So that's South Shields for you.
"France" by Princessa
France My Perfect country
After living in several countries for more than 20 years, a few years ago I decided to settle in France, my dream country.
For me France offers everything I want: fine gastronomy, excellent wines, a rich history –dating back to prehistoric times- haute couture fashion and some of the finest architecture in the world. France is also natural beauty in the form of volcanic parks, natural reserves, white sand beaches, snow-covered mountains, forests and much more.
Some other things less known about France that make it a perfect place to raise a family are the free high standard educational system and the national health system -listed by the World Health Organization as the best. That married to a national love for outdoor activities and a family orientated lifestyle made of France my perfect place to raise a young family.
For some people France might seem expensive, but then, quality has a price. We might pay very high taxes but we have a system that doesn't let you down and tries to assure high living standards for everyone regardless of their income.
I have only been 6 years in France and I don’t have any extended family in here, but it is in France that I feel at home.
"Sweden" by thoughtforce
Sweden is a fantastic country and I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else! The most unique thing with Sweden is the access to nature through ”Allemansrätten”, the right of Public Access! This fantastic right gives everyone in Sweden the freedom to roam the countryside and it is a freedom I take for granted.
I am used to the freedom to move around as a like in the woods, on the beaches and along the coastline. I can go to any forest I like and pick berries, mushrooms and so on. But the right of Public Access isn't just about our right, it also mean that we must respect the landowners. In practise this means that you have the freedom to access land that belongs to someone else, but you must do it with consideration and you have never the right to access someones garden or the land near the house.
To disturb landowners or destroy land, forest, trees and such is of course not included in this right. As a Swede I know where the limits goes and I always try to stay far off those limits. If you plan on visiting Sweden I recommend that you learn about what is accepted and what is not accepted according to The right of public access. It only works as long as everyone accept the rules.
Besides the freedom, I think it is the Swedes that make Sweden what it is! We are such great people!!
"Winnipeg, Canada" by Silvergenes
Listen. You can hear the heartbeat and feel the soft rise and fall as the continent breathes. Look around you. Images are cast in ice and snow and people laugh and dance in celebrations as they have done for 4,000 years. Heroes and villains, a phantom white horse, and madness are easy companions here.
Where on earth are we? We are in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. We are on the bottom of an ancient sea where 80 million years ago, predatory reptiles nearly 50 feet long lurked just beneath the surface. We are in the heart of North America.
Today, this thriving region boasts some of the best shopping to be found anywhere. We are a test market for new products so if you want to be fashion forward, shop in Winnipeg. Care to dance? One of the world’s finest ballet companies calls this city home.
You never know who or what is simmering in this city. Neil Young, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, Gabrielle Roy, Monty Hall, Anna Paquin, and Deanna Durbin, star of the Silver Screen are only a few who had their beginnings here.
There is an energy in the arts that is always incubating, just below the surface but it is not a city for the faint of heart. Winter means frigid arctic air that can take our wind chills to -40 and below.
One such winter evening, as I was making my way to my frozen car, there it was in the snow at my feet - a brilliant little work of art shining in the ice. On it was a tag that said “if you like this, keep it and enjoy it. If you don’t just leave it for someone else to find.” This is Winnipeg.
"London" by Lesley Sherwood
"London, the world in one city.
Camden Town, early morning on a sunny day, the neighbourhood still belonging to local people. People in small streets chatting with neighbours passing the time of day in a friendly manner.
Chalk Farm Road towards the canal. Shopkeepers washing down pavements of their premises, market traders setting up stools and a few spotted starlings waddling around picking up the remains of someone’s takeaway.
Food being prepared on market stalls in the Lock basin. The willow tree beside the humpbacked bridge greening up for spring and the water glimmering below.
Along the towpath quiet and peaceful; traffic noise way in the distance; people walking their dogs and jogging on their way to Regent’s Park and others cycling safely to work.
Camden people with a heavy burden to bear with market expansion and Disneyfication of streets, late-night opening of bars and clubs, crowds, music, drunkenness, shouting, fights and quiet side streets being used as facilities for urination and vomiting.
But, hey, this is London, the world in one city, we still love it."
"Greece" by Sannel
Greece is a famous for its rich history, gifted with breathtaking, natural beauty and for its crystal clear turquoise water. However, what could be more unique to Greece than its sun-drenched Greek islands, that scatters like sparkling jewels around the appealing blue waters of Aegean and Ionian Sea. The country have more than 6,000 islands and islets, yet only 227 of the islands are inhabited. Still, only close to 80 of them have more than 100 inhabitants.
These Greek islands outline, one by one, an incredible beauty of nature. Each island offer their own distinctive charm, and if you have ever visited the Greek islands, you can relate to what I mean by that. The Greek islands are a magical journey of tranquility, ancient exploration and sunny beaches.
It is very difficult to decide which one of these islands are more beautiful. Nevertheless, there are some islands that stands out, because of their exceptional beauty.
Santorini; The complete setting for romance and beauty. With its white washed houses and colorful shutters descending down the steep cliff side, and sun sets in a blaze of vibrant orange and reds over the glimmering Aegean sea hundreds of feet below.
Naxos; A spectacular jewel with colorful bougainvilleas trailing against the white washed walls, golden sandy beaches and alluring mountain beauty.
Crete; The largest island in Greece, with its combination of wild mountains, cliffs and gorges, citrus and olive groves growing in the fertile valleys and endless sandy beaches.
The Greek islands are simply magical and one of the most captivating places on Earth.
"Finland" by Made
The capital of Finland is Helsinki. There are 187,888 lakes in Finland, and Finland is known as ”The Land of the Thousand Lakes”. It is also known for the saunas.
There are 5 million people in Finland and between 1,5 and 2 million saunas. Some saunas are built by lakes, because many Finns have summer cottages by a lake or the sea.
Most families have saunas in their house, and even apartments in the cities have saunas. The most common saunas are wood saunas, electric saunas, smoke saunas and infrared saunas. Mostly you go to the sauna with your friends or family. We are not shy to take our clothes off when we go to saunas. Saunas are simply a part of the Finnish culture and a necessity.
In Rovaniemi at the arctic circle in northern Finland, the Santa Claus lives. You can visit him all year round. Tourist from all over the world come to Santa Claus village to meet the real Santa.
We have very long, cold and dark winters. In June it hardly gets dark in the night. Above the arctic circle the sun doesn't set in the summers. It's magical. Finns always have a long vacation in the summers. That's the time of the year when people actually go out and have fun. The four seasons are really nice as the colors are shifting very much, and so does the temperature.
The unemployment rate in Finland is pretty low. The people are known to be hard working. We don't give up very easy. Maybe it has something to do with ”the Finnish sisu”.”Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.
However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language.” (Wikipedia) We pay high taxes, but thanks to that we have a great social security and good infrastructure.
"Pakistan" by Hunbbel Meer
Pakistan is a truly blessed country – blessed in various ways – located in the South Asia. The neighboring countries include Indian, Afghanistan, Iran, China and the marvelous Arabian Sea. Probably the best thing, if you would ask me about Pakistan, is the blessing to witness all 4 different seasons in a year. A blend of different cultures and customs is truly mesmerizing to witness as well.
It has 4 major provinces, with each having a completely different set of cultures and customs. It looks like that you are interacting with a totally unique nation, every time you witness any of these 4 provinces.
The northern areas, which also include the beautiful landscapes of Kashmir, are probably one of the most beautiful and eye-catching places in the world. The climatic atmosphere is serene, calm, healthy and phenomenal. In the northern areas, there is also located the South Asia’s biggest mosque, Shah Faisal Masjid. ‘Masjid’ means mosque in Urdu (the national language of Pakistan) and it is named on the famous King of Saudi Arabia, Shah Faisal. This mosque is the 4th largest mosque in the world.
If you ever come to this part of the world, you will be able to see some ultra-beautiful landmarks. Tourists really enjoy this country, as it is full of such places, which attract them. The Red Fort of Lahore – built by the ancient Mughal Emperors – is a sight to watch and experience.
On the other hand, in the northern areas, we have the Lake Saif-ul-Muluk. This lake is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet Earth. It is a belief that there was a prince of Persia, who fell in love with a beautiful fairy of this lake, and that the fairies still come down on this lake in the evening. Want to know more? Come and pay a visit yourself. It is truly a beautiful sight to watch. ‘The Guardian’ ranked it as the 5th most beautiful place to visit in Pakistan.
"Belgium" by Rogers Bamps my favorite Belgium friend!
The Kingdom of Belgium, is a West European state on the North Sea, bordering the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France, the transition from Roman to Germanic Europe. The country is 30,528 km ² and has a population of just over 11 million inhabitants. The largest and most important city is Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the administrative center of the European Union.
Our King is:"Albert 2".
The country has three official languages: about sixty percent of the population speaks Dutch, especially in Flanders, forty per cent speak French, especially in Wallonia, and less than one percent speak German, in the eastern provinces.
Social security is a matter of honor in Belgium, where nobody is allowed to touch.
And the low class and disabled receive money as living allowance.
Belgium came after the Belgian Revolution in 1830 when it split from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Belgium became the world's 21st economy, was one of the wealthiest, most developed and most globalized countries in the world, and built on its free market economy with limited government interference with an extensive welfare state.
The area of Belgium consists of two parts: lowland, which belongs to the coastal plain of the North Sea in the north, and the plateau of the Ardennes in the south. This dichotomy has a geological origin. In the Ardennes are hard rocks of great age (Paleozoic) to the surface, where rivers have deeply incised.
Belgium borders France, Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands and the North Sea and has as a state border of 1445.5 km.
The highest point is Signal Botrange at 694 meters and the highest village is Rocherath (a borough of Büllingen) at 655 meters.
Belgium has a temperate maritime climate. The average temperature is 11.2 ° C in Belgium, but there are differences to be recorded per region. That temperature is because the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, the North Sea warms. This is the average in winter not colder than 5 ° C. The lowest temperature is reached late in the winter, because the water has cooled. Furthermore, the weather is highly variable character.
Dutch (60 percent of the population)
French (40 percent of the population)
74,000 German speakers in the extreme east of the country
The Flemish Region (Flanders) is divided into 5 provinces:
1.Antwerpen (capital city of Antwerp)
2.Limburg (capital Hasselt)
3.Oost Flanders (capital Ghent)
4.Vlaams Brabant (Leuven capital)
5.West Flanders (capital Bruges)
The five Walloon provinces with the top left-Komen WaastenOok the Walloon Region (Wallonia) has 5 provinces:
1.Waals Wales (capital Wavre)
2.Henegouwen (with its capital in Bergen)
3.Luik (capital Liege)
4.Luxemburg (capital Arlon)
5.Namen (capital Names)
The Brussels-Capital Region belongs to any province.
The provinces are again composed of several districts. At the head of each province is a governor. Each Belgian municipality and city council as a legislative power to the mayor.
The Dutch and French public broadcasters established in Brussels in the same complex on the Reyerslaan. For the Dutch is that the VRT: Vlaamse Radio and Television. For French speakers is that the Radio-Television Belge de la Communauté française (RTBF). (Note the reference to Belgium in the French name and its absence in the Flemish name.) There are commercial TV stations as VTM, VT4, 2BE Flemish side and RTL to French-speaking side.
Football is the most popular sport among young people. Already in the early 20th century grew football and cycling from the most popular sport with extensive coverage by the press. Exponent of this is Eddy Merckx, one of the best cyclists ever. In damestennis dominated Kim Clijsters from Bree Flemish and Walloon Justine Henin.
Food and Drink
In other countries, especially the fries misunderstood as a Belgian invention (also referred often french fries). Belgian cuisine is a civil variant of the French cuisine. In 2007 there were two restaurants with three Michelin stars, ten with two stars and 89 with a star.
Belgium has more than 365 different beers. With InBev is the largest brewing group in the world.
Belgium is famous for its chocolate, especially chocolate ("Belgian chocolate"). Jean Neuhaus in 1912 produced the first chocolate, Neuhaus and his brand still exists, besides including Leonidas and Godiva. In the early 20th century, from the Belgian Congo and quality supply of cocoa processing industry could technically refined. The majority (over 90% of the produced in Belgium chocolate consists of quality chocolate with cocoa butter without the addition of other (plant or animal) fats. Addition to the aforementioned chocolate irish, there are a lot of artisan chocolate irish very high quality products deliver some manufacture only chocolate products (dolls and chocolates), others have a limited production that they integrate into the rest of their offerings, as a baker-patissier, restaurateur and as such more.
In Belgium it is good to live, if you can pay with Euro.
One day you can move from one country to another by car or train.
If you want to visit, you can use your private jet land on the natioale Zaventem airport in Brussels(;o))
© 2012 Linda Bilyeu