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Tuesday, April 23, 2024


Nothing like a terrific Associated Press photo to bring worldwide attention to a small town in Belgium, a few miles south of Ghent. 

Here’s an example of a photo we could stare at for hours. Norway’s Vegard Stake Laengen of the UAE Team Emirates, third left, rides with the pack through the historical center of Oudenaarde, Belgium, during the Tour of Flanders bicycle race on Sunday, March 31, 2024. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert). 

An earlier image of the square in Oudenaarde with the iconic town hall and belfry in the distance. 

After the bikers sped by, many strolled over to Hoogstraat’s Jone Koffiebar, a stylish coffee house getting high marks these days. 

And you’ll see countless buildings like this one going back to 1702 as advertised. Oudenaard’s 1000 year history showcases its legacy of tapestries from medieval to present. 

And, of course, the omnipresent chocolate shops, bier halls and Old Masters paintings in museums and galleries throughout are not to be missed.

We'll leave you in a favorite sweetshop in Oudenaard: Miss Vanilla's on Nederstraat.  And, her food truck, too.

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