Go to the library and get a stack of books for a relaxing read by the pool. If you prefer to read with your eyes closed, you can find heaps of free podcasts or audiobooks on apps like Spotify. And you can listen in different languages.
1. Read or listen to a good book
2. Tourist in your own neighbourhood
Enough lazing about, hire a Vespa! Explore the area by bike or moped; you'll suddenly see your own neighbourhood in a whole new light. Of course, as befits a real tourist, you should take a picnic basket along filled with goodies. To make the experience complete, maybe learn a few words of Italian to call out while on the Vespa. Ciaooo Tutti!
3. Day tripping is the best
Head for Bruges or Ghent and cruise the canals like a real day tripper. You'll feel like you're really in Venice. Waving to the people along the shore is de rigueur, posing beside the skipper is an added bonus.
4. Have fun with water
Fill up water balloons, buckets and water pistols and transform your garden into a fun battlefield. Flip the garden table on its side, hide behind the wheelbarrow or use the lid of the bin as a shield. The last person to get wet is the winner. And the losers? They get to cook!
5. Go camping in the garden
Singing camping songs, telling horror stories and roasting marshmallows on a fire, can life get any better than that? Just pitch the tent in your own backyard, put jungle sounds on in the background and imagine being on safari. And watch out for lions on the prowl!
6. Summer evening fun and games
We all know that sultry summer evenings are never a sure thing in our small Belgian nation. So it's wise to keep some board games ready, like Twister, Monopoly or just a deck of cards, for an evening full of good old-fashioned fun. And remember, no cheating! ;-)