Travel to Belgium to see a tiny country where people speak Valonese or Flemish (which are cousins of French and Dutch) depending on the region. Fortunately, most also speak fluent English so communication was not a problem. It's a good many years since I was there and I can't remember the capital Brussels really impressing me that much. Antwerp was better, with it's small-town, Flemish touch. They make some pretty good chocolate there and I couldn't resist eating it by the kilo (unfortunately, it was cheap enough for me to afford it). The locals in turn eat Mussels by the kilo but sorry, that isn't quite something I really care for. Rubens used to live in Antwerp and you can visit his house. The harbour of Antwerp can be toured by car and is quite impressive.