Yule love it: seasonal stalls at the Grote Markt in Bruges

A winter's tale in Bruges

This medieval Belgian city provides the perfect setting for Christmas markets and other festive activities, says Katy Guest

Postcard from... Brussels

The Flemish Masters are known for their sombre grey skies and damp-looking landscapes under an expanse of ominous cloud. But while the inclement weather of the low countries may have left an  unmistakable stamp on a whole body of work, it has also unfortunately closed down a Brussels exhibition showcasing one of the forefathers of the movement.

Brendan Gleeson, left, as Ken and Colin Farrell, right, as Ray in ‘In Bruges’

Not in Bruges: Mayor calls for crackdown on filming in city

Mayor Renaat Landuyt could well have had Colin Farrell’s inept assassin Ray in mind when he decided that the medieval city of Bruges should be a little more discerning about how it is portrayed on celluloid.

Postcard from... Brussels

Postcard from... Brussels

Calling in sick with a hangover or to enjoy unexpected good weather may soon be more difficult in Belgium, where the Government has proposed a law requiring that employees taking a sick day stay at home for a medical check-up.

Stephanie Flanders, BBC journalist

Page 3 Profile: Stephanie Flanders, BBC journalist

Ah, it’s Stephanie Flanders, the BBC’s trusted economics editor. Another banking crisis?

Postcard from... Brussels

King Albert II and Queen Paola in Liège yesterday

The Belgian King’s brief? Unite a divided nation

The new Belgian monarch is a former fighter pilot – and he will have a scrap on his hands trying to maintain the unity of this hybrid country

Delphine Boël claims she was born as the result of a royal affair

Artist claims she is Belgian king’s daughter, court hears

Delphine Boël, 45, wants a Brussels court to order Albert II and two of his three children to undergo blood tests to prove they are related

Riders become tangled up during the Tour of Flanders

Cycling: Cancellara triumphant on a grim day for Sky

Fabian Cancellara powered to victory as he claimed his second Tour of Flanders title ahead of main rival Peter Sagan on a disappointing day for Team Sky in Belgium.

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan was caught pinching the bottom of a podium girl today

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan criticised for pinching the bottom of podium girl after Tour de Flanders

He is an athlete more normally known for his dedication to his sport – and his talent on a bike. In fact, before today, perhaps the most notable thing about Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan was his reputation for wacky victory celebrations: doing the running man or impersonating the Incredible Hulk to mark a win.

Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita celebrates with teammates after scoring against Club Brugge

Vurnon Anita impresses Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping to see the best of summer signing Vurnon Anita after witnessing a significant breakthrough in Belgium.

Gabriel Obertan grins after giving Newcastle the lead last night

Rebecca Tyrrel: Stephanie and the two Labour Eds would not make for a happy ménage à trois

Who knew that the economics editor of the BBC is so well connected that if anything happened to Kevin Bacon, the dinner-party game could be remodelled as Six Degrees of Stephanie Flanders? Stephanie's stellar achievement in the sphere of unlikely inter-connection already dwarfs anything managed by Bacon.

Maison Zenasni's cosy sitting room

North African hospitality meets Flemish history

An 18th-century townhouse has been turned into a warm and elegant residence by its Algerian owner, says William Cook

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