Time flies when you’re having fun. My three-week vacation is almost over. I had a great time. It was my best vacation in four years time, thanks to my family and best friends. Yesterday, I went to visit the Averbode Abbey.


Averbode Abbey is a Premonstratensian monastery situated near Diest (Flemish Brabant), in the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels in Belgium. It was founded about 1134-1135 by Count Arnold II of Loon. With land donations from the Abbey of Sint-Truiden, the lords of Aarschot and Diest, and some years later Godfrey III of Leuven, the abbey was situated right on the border of the County of Loon and the Duchy of Brabant. The first monks and abbot Andreas came from the Sint-Michielsabdij in Antwerp, founded in 1124. (Source: Wikipedia)


You can also discover probably the best ice cream in Belgium. Just ask my Dad.


53 responses

  1. That is beautiful; what a great historical place to visit And Dad, now there’s a contented man with his ice cream, saying Mmmm……..glad you had a good vacation!

  2. hey! That looks just like my house! Just joking! The ice cream looks delicious. No joke! πŸ™‚

  3. WOW, that’s a beautiful Church. As a Canadian, I was truly in wonder of how old buildings are when we traveled thru Europe and they are still used everyday. Amazing! Can I get an “amen” for ice-cream? I always order mine in a cookie cone and it’d be Tiger-Tiger (black liquorice & orange)…Hallelujah

  4. What a stunning piece of history an beautiful pictures to do it justice..how lovely that you spent this time with your dad who has a look of such love for that delicious ice-cream…yum..coffee flavoured would be devine πŸ™‚ Have a great day Fozziemum

  5. That’s some impressive gingerbread. I had to go look up the Dukes of Brabant after reading that (vague memory that the duchy and this Abbey were about the same vintage) and it took me on a magical mystery memory tour through my college minor in medieval history and culture — I sometimes feel I learned just enough to be only half clueless.

      • That’s one of the great things about following blogs, you learn stuff (including stuff you ought to know but let yourself forget). I’ll hold out for sorbet if there’s any around.

  6. The Abbey is beautiful, according to our mom, point please point us in the direction of the ice cream. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  7. Mom said we should tell you that the photography is stunning and the architecture is out of this world. She loves the old buildings that were built with love and care. Of course she also loves ice cream……almost as much as your Dad. You were definitely lucky to have such a fantastic vacation. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Love the pictures! Especially the angle and the clouds in the first one, very dramatic πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ellie. Today will be the hottest day of the year so far, forecasters say… It’s already 33Β° C. So I guess ice cream rocks!

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