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Belgium: Flanders Battlefields

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Wanting to explore Flanders’ WW1 poppy fields and old battlegrounds? I tapped in the GPS coordinates for Dover – just a stone throw from London only 82 miles away. In Dover I took a ferry which deposited me across the English Channel in France’s Calais 90 minutes later. I planned
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5 Chocolate Lover’s Destinations

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Posted in Activities, Belgium, California, Culinary, Europe, Food Tours, France, Holiday Travel, Nevada, North America, Scotland, Shopping, United Kingdom

Nothing says love more than chocolate – well, at least for most people. Why not plan a getaway to a destination known for chocolate? Go to a far flung part of the world where the heavenly creation of sweetened food made from cocoa beans excites your taste buds. What could
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Dinant, Belgium

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In a tranquil Belgian town, some 75km south-east of Brussels, set in a landscape of quilted willow green and sage and threaded with a broad aquamarine coloured river, lies historic Dinant, famed for being the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Dinant is a pretty little town
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Have a Fall Festival Fling in Ghent

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If you want to explore an old city European town with a youthful vibe without bumping into one too many collegiate themed party scenarios, consider booking a fall trip to Ghent. Become infused with the energy of 32,000 students returning to the Ghent University, as the city gears up to
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Celebrity Dreams: A Perfect Day in Brussels

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After spending some time with three Belgian celebrities, I got insider points of where to go, where to shop and what to eat if all you have is 24 hours in the EU capital. Elric Petit, Belgium’s acclaimed interior designer, draws much of his inspiration from the original Art Deco interiors of
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The Insider’s Guide to Belgian Chocolate

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I arrived in Brussels with a half empty suitcase, a few dozen Euros and a mission: to scour the Belgian capital for the best chocolate money could buy and to fill my suitcase with the rich, creamy fruits of my labor. Haagen-Dazs at the Galeries Royales With dozens of shops,
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Seven utterly underwhelming tourist attractions

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Posted in Activities, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Belgium, Florida, New Zealand, North America

Travel is full of enthralling encounters, of moments that stick with you forever — a glimpse of a wild gorilla, an African sunrise, your first sight of the pyramids. But those moving moments wouldn’t seem so spectacular if they weren’t peppered with less exciting experiences. For every lion kill there’s
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Antwerp shopping zones

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Posted in Belgium, Europe, Holiday Travel

Zone 1 — Did you now that seven out of ten diamonds come from Antwerp, the world’s largest diamond centre for more than 700 years? Diamonds from numerous mines all over the world are skilfully cut and polished, praised and appraised, bought and sold in Antwerp. Antwerp and diamond are
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Belgium – Europe’s Best Kept Travel Secret

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The secret of Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, is to go with the flow and allow yourself to become part of its charming everyday life. Having previously been ruled by Spain, the Netherlands and France, Belgium is one of those countries that finds it easier to describe itself by what it
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Embracing the “B” List

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Posted in Belgium, Culinary, Historical travel, Holiday Travel

Basel, Brussels, Bologna: these three European cities may appear near the top of the list alphabetically. Yet they seldom top travel itineraries. That’s good news for vacationers who prefer lower-profile, less crowded — but no less charming — destinations. So go ahead. Dare to “B” different. BASEL, Switzerland: photo by Susan
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In Southern Flanders

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Posted in Belgium, Culinary, Europe, Historical travel, Honeymoon and Destination Weddings, Luxury

Poperinge, a quiet little town a short drive from the Channel Ports, 175km from Brussels, is Belgium’s hops capital, and famously linked to WW1’s British war effort – it was well known to Allied soldiers who fought in the Ypres Salient. Other than its war memorials, the town also draws tourists
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Brussels City Guide

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Practicality and innovation are the key words associated with design in Brussels. The city’s style engineers sculpted its individuality with absolute respect for quality – then they dry brushed it with a good dose of humour. Whatever Belgian designers turn their artistic hands to, be it an ornament or a piece
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Keukenhof Gardens in Holland – it’s blooming marvellous!

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Posted in Belgium, Culinary, Europe, Garden Tours, Holland, Holland/Flanders

There is no better time to visit Holland than in the spring when symphonies of tulips bathe the landscape in a carpet of rich, vibrant colour. Holland dazzles the senses with Flower Power. The Dutch celebrate their blooms at every opportunity with a procession of flower parades, flower fairs, flower
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