National Geographic : 1938 Apr
BELGIUM-EUROPE IN MINIATURE miserable period of downpour comes to an end?" inquired a Belgian diplomat at a luncheon at which I was guest. "By means of your incompara ble railroads," I replied in my nearest approach to a plenipoten tiary-extraordi nary manner. "What! You have no voiture? Impossible! You cannot see Bel gium without an automobile." I modestly averred that writ ers do not always command these luxuries. "But you have a car from this moment," said my enthusiastic table neighbor. "Mine is at your disposal for a fortnight while I make a trip to Paris." It was thus that my cruising radius and flexi bility of move ment became suddenly aug mented by the use of a powerful car of American make. ) Douglas Chandler STRAIGHT TO THE TARGET GOES THE BOLT FROM THE CROSSBOW Expert are the Brussels enthusiasts who perpetuate this age-old sport. Feather dart birds suspended from a rack atop a tower are the objectives. Forty francs is the prize for bringing down two "birds" with one shot. Archery is another popular pastime. The author was considerably surprised when he found he could not bend a longbow to its full limit. "It is all training," consolingly remarked one small, wiry master of the art (page 436). One is immediately struck with the pre dominance of U.S.-fabricated automobiles on Belgian streets. Big American con cerns like General Motors and Ford have assembling plants at Antwerp. THE ARDENNES-HOME OF WEREWOLF AND WILD BOAR Coincidentally with my acquisition of the car came a temporary cessation of the Bel gian cloud-curse. Triumphant, exulting in my freedom from schedule, I scoured the hidden ways of city, suburb, and province, observing the daily habits of this industri ous people from cockcrow to the putting out of the cat. There is glamour in the very name "Ardennes," although to the casual visitor in the lowlands it may connote merely that strip of very red, fine-grained ham-jambon d'Ardennes-which, while awaiting your order, the Brussels waiter lays at your place as an earnest of savory things to come.