Antwerp – A City of Diamonds, Rubens and Fashion

Antwerp Grote Markt

ANTWERP HAS MUCH TO OFFER VISITORS - IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE NOT TO ALLOW TIME HERE: Antwerp is a city that's famous for its brilliant diamonds, Rubens, medieval and maritime history. But as far as tourism is concerned, Belgium's second largest city seems to be overshadowed by Brussels and … [Read more...]

Beautiful Buildings and Holy Blood in Bruges’ Burg Square

The Burg

THE BURG SQUARE IN BRUGES WAS AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS CENTRE: The Burg, the other main square in Bruges is just off the east side of the Grote Markt. From the Markt, we took an easy stroll along Breidelstraat (next to the post office) to arrive at the Burg (fortress). Although there … [Read more...]

A Unique Visit to FloraHolland Aalsmeer

FloraHolland Auction Centre

AALSMEER IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS "THE FLOWER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD": On a recent trip to Amsterdam we visited the FloraHolland Auction Centre in Aalsmeer (Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer). FloraHolland is the largest flower auction centre in the world and they handle about 60% of the international … [Read more...]

Volendam – A Quaint Village in North Holland

Volendam

VOLENDAM - A CHARMING AND PICTURESQUE FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE: Volendam is a quaint village in North Holland that is well known for its old fishing boats, bustling waterfront and the traditional Dutch costumes that a handful of residents still wear. This charming and picturesque town was once an … [Read more...]