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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Brussels; Population - 11 million; Currency - Euro MORE BELGIUM

My tour of western Europe enclaves began in the Belgian town of Lier, close to Antwerp. It's an appealing place for a quick stop en route to my first enclave, Baarle - April 2014.


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belgium551The focus of Lier is the Grote Markt, lined by a row of bar-restaurants - Lier


belgium553In the centre of the Grote Markt is the Stadhuis (town hall) - Lier


belgium555The best place I found for a beer was at Zimmerplein, shown here with Zimmertoren at the end.
The tower is famous for its ancient and very fancy clock - Lier













belgium559 Across the water and on towards the Grote Markt - Lier














belgium565A picturesque section of the canal that meanders through the centre of Lier


belgium560All peaceful and quiet on the canal - Lier


belgium561St Gummaruskerk looms large from Aragonstraat - Lier


















belgium563St Gummaruskerk is a huge Gothic church - Lier















belgium564Construction of St Gummaruskerk began in the 14th century though the tower dates to the 18th century - Lier



belgium566Begijnhoven were refuges for Catholic women that sprung up from the 12th century across Belgium and the Netherlands - Lier


belgium567On my way back from the old quarter to the train station and on to Baarle via Turnhout - Lier
















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