BenThere.com in Europe:

Belgium and The Netherlands


Prologue... I've only known of three Belgians. King Leopold II, Joseph Conrad, and Hercule Poiroit. The first was an unlikely king who colonized a good chunck of Africa through terror and political intrigue. The second was a shipping clerk, self-taught in English, who wrote about the terror of the king (amongst other things). The third a fictional character of Christy's mysteries. The portrayel by David Suchet formed my impression of the Belgians before I arrived: A people togged in formal clothed, prim and particular, and a bit portly from the good life. I forgot to bring a tie. This wasn't a problem...

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May 1, 1999: On the way to Belgium. I wanted a mission, and for my sins they gave me one.
To navigate the site start with the links on this page, or use the navigation bar on the left. As you explore the site, use the same navigation bar to jump from one page to another. The site is organized by date.

Throughout the site there are many pictures from the trip. I've made them high quality, so be patient as it may take some time for your machine to download. Click on a picture to see a higher resolution version of the thumbnail.

May 2, 1999: Arriving in Brussels - Paris without the attitude, Brits with scalpels and concert tickets.
May 3, 1999: 36 hours, three miles of cable, and NATO's basement.
May 4, 1999: The final touches, the press arrives, the fun begins!
May 5, 1999: POUTS comes, POTUS goes, when we'll stop nobody knows...
May 6, 1999: On to another country and another time
May 7, 1999: Making new friends, finding new things about events past
May 8, 1999: The adventure into the past continues
May 9, 1999: Back to the States. A postlogue on the trip and the past.