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As far as I can tell, Brussels and Leuven really aren’t what you could call tourist towns. And I don’t mean that they’re off-the-beaten-path gems, either. From my experience, you can miss them out pretty safely when planning your big tour.

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But any town, no matter how small, has interesting angles to photograph.

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It’s all about focus, after all. Amateur pictures of things that catch your unique interest are way more interesting that amateur photos of touristy edifices. I usually buy a postcard to get a proper shot of that picture everyone takes when they go there. It’s the other views that are fun to shoot.

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So, Leuven. College town.

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Coffee College: Take it or stay

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Louvain if you’re standing in a French-speaking part of the country. Leuven if you’re in it. If you think that doesn’t cause the hell of a lot of confusion standing at the airport train station… you’re probably Belgian. Trying to figure out which of the Brussels stations are different and which are different words for the same place was also exciting.

But I digress.

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Some entertaining small shops.

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Nice farmers market. I couldn’t quite bring myself to buy escargots from a deep-fry street truck, though.

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Next up: the town hall and cathedral, all dressed up for Christmas.

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