"La Belle Vie"

Flemish inspiration

Capture the flavour of Flanders at Cassel, a hilltop charmer with a cracker of a museum devoted to all things Flemish.

Dine on robust regional fare or play traditional bar games in a rustic estaminet.  Indulge in the comforts of a restored chateau hotel or watch the carnival antics of the town’s Eastertide giants in the splendidly ornate cobbled square.

Gain inspiration from the Flemish gardens at Cassel, or simply soak in the scenery from the highest point north of Paris. 


Follow the local giant for a wry look at the wily ways of smugglers at the Border Life Museum, Godewaersvelde.

Tuck into traditional fare at the oh–so-Flemish estaminet bristling with Flemish beers and bar room games and chatter. Then bag some goodies of your own at Mont des Cats where delicious brioche and deceptively smooth cheese with a bite are made by the abbey monks. Alternatively take a snack at the hillside bar for stunning views of the rolling borderland country with Belgium.

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