DUTCH-SPEAKING LOW COUNTRY
The Flemish northern region of Belgium, Flanders is the Dutch-speaking half of the country. Canals run through the towns and villages of these flat lowlands, similar to its neighbor to the North, the Netherlands, though the culture is distinctly Belgian. Ghent was once the capital of the old county of Flanders.
Bruges (Brugge), Kortrijk, Oostende, De Haag seaside resort, Ypres (Ieper), beaches, agriculture
Antwerp (Anvers), Mechelen cathedral, music festivals
Leuven—old university town, surrounds Brussels
Ghent (Gand), Sint-Niklaas, cycling
Hasselt, forests, mining history, Tongeren—dates to Roman times