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Beautiful Europe: Belgium by Joseph Ernest Morris is an enchanting and informative guide to the captivating country of Belgium. This book takes readers on a journey through the rich history, mesmerizing landscapes, and cultural gems that make Belgium a must-visit destination.

One of the notable strengths of this book is the author's extensive knowledge and passion for Belgium. Morris brings the country to life through vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, captivating readers from the very beginning. His deep understanding of the Belgian people and their traditions is evident, as he delves into various aspects of their culture, including art, architecture, cuisine, and folklore.

The book is tactfully divided into chapters, which allows readers to easily navigate through different regions of Belgium. Each chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the attractions and highlights of the featured area, making it an ideal resource for travelers planning their itinerary. From the picturesque canals of Bruges to the bustling streets of Brussels, Morris leaves no stone unturned in showcasing the diversity and beauty of Belgium.

Furthermore, the inclusion of stunning photographs throughout the book enhances the reading experience and transports readers to the heart of Belgium. The captivating images bring the landscapes, architecture, and local customs to life, making readers feel as if they have already embarked on a personal exploration of the country.

In addition to its visually appealing nature, Beautiful Europe: Belgium is brimming with valuable travel tips, recommendations, and practical advice. The author provides insights into the best times to visit specific regions, hidden gems that are off the beaten path, and suggestions for accommodations and dining options. This wealth of information is invaluable for anyone planning to visit Belgium and greatly enhances the overall usefulness of the book.

While this book predominantly focuses on the positive aspects of Belgium, it remains unbiased and provides a balanced perspective on the country's history and present-day realities. Morris does not shy away from discussing the impact of Belgium's colonial past or the challenges faced by the nation in a globalized world. This adds depth and nuance to the narrative, giving readers a well-rounded understanding of Belgium beyond its superficial beauty.

Overall, Beautiful Europe: Belgium by Joseph Ernest Morris is an engaging and comprehensive guide that captures the essence of this magnificent country. Whether you are an avid traveler who wants to explore Belgium or simply someone curious about its culture and history, this book is an excellent choice. Morris's passion for Belgium shines through, making this a compelling read that will leave readers yearning to embark on their own Belgian adventure.

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Beautiful Europe



Joseph E. Morris


It needs, indeed, an effort of the imagination at the moment of writing to think of Belgium as in any sense a component part of "Beautiful Europe." The unhappy "cockpit" of the Continent at the actual hour is again in process of accomplishing its frightful destiny no treaty, or "scrap of paper," is potent to preserve this last, and weakest, of all the nations of Western Europe from drinking to the dregs the cup of ruin and desolation. Tragic indeed in the profoundest sense in the sense of Aristotle more tragic than the long ruin of the predestined house of Oedipus is this accumulated tragedy of a small and helpless people, whose sole apparent crime is their stern determination to cling at any cost to their plighted word of honour. I have been lately glancing into a little book published about five years ago, in which a view is taken of the Belgian character that no one could term indulgent. "It is curious," says the writer in one place, "how few Belgians, old or young, rich or poor, consider the feelings or convenience of others. They are intensely selfish, and this is doubtless caused by the way in which they are brought up." And, again, in another chapter, he insinuates a doubt as to whether the Belgians, if ever called on, would even prove good soldiers... Continue reading book >>

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