48/50.- Near Brussels, Rouge Cloître


At the edge of the forest, very near Brussels, stand the remains of a former Abbey, the “Red Cloister”, now painted white. Over time, it has contained several cafés and restaurants, a riding-school, and most recently an art centre -- not inappropriately, since in the 15th century the Flemish painter Hugo Van Der Goes lived and worked there. The abbey is flanked by a string of lakes where fishermen like to practise their sport.

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