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From the belfry

View of the terracotta-tiled roofs of the city from the belfort, or medieval belfry, Bruges.
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Shades of the Beguine

Bruges is a strangely sinister little town, with deep houses and twitching net curtains. As the sun sets, shadows lengthen and night begins to fall, a strong sense of the gothic creeps across the town.
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My Kingdom for a Horse

For those of you who watch Heroes, Ventimiglia will be an Italo-American, all-flying, all-teleporting, multi-purpose dreamboat called Milo, who sports a razor-sharp jaw and flawless skin. For the rest of you, it's a one-horse town on the Franco-Italian…
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Fun-paqued cooking from the Middle Ages

The Échaudé takes its name from the French and means, literally, "scalded". Hurled briefly into boiling water before being thrown into a hot oven, this Easter speciality (hence the awful pun) hails from the Middle Ages, in whose times…
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Tardivo magnifico: worth the wait

Radicchio tardivo is a subspecies of chicory, and owes its striking colour to Francesco van den Borr, Belgian agronomist and inventor of the imbianchiamento technique, which uses scalding spring water to transform the colour of the leaves.…
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Death is Certain:
  notes from an Indian road trip

  Only Death is Certain Paradoxically, although nearly everyone gets sick in Delhi (myself excluded - I got sick a week after I left) it's easy to eat healthily. Fruit is fairly cheap, and at the juice bars on the Main Bazaar it's…