Carnevale di Venezia – Venice Carnival 2015

Carnevale di Venezia

CARNEVALE IS THE MOST POPULAR EVENT IN VENICE:Carnevale di Venezia 2015 (Venice Carnival) runs from January 31st to February 17th and visitors to this pre-Lent Carnevale can expect a hive of activities in Venice, including pageants, entertainment, street performances, food, balls, theatre and … [Read more...]

A Greater Appreciation of Dutch Cheeses at Jacobs Hoeve

Jacobs Hoeve Cheese Farm

AT THE JACOBS HOEVE CHEESE FARM WE GOT TO TASTE SOME OF THEIR DELICIOUS CHEESES:On our trip from Amsterdam to Volendam we stopped by the Jacobs Hoeve Cheese Farm in Katwoude, a village in the province of North Holland, about 2 km north of Monnickendam. The cheese farm enjoys an idyllic setting … [Read more...]

Delft Nieuwe Kerk – The Final Resting Place for the House of Orange Royals

Delft Nieuwe Kerk

DELFT IS THE FINAL RESTING PLACE OF WILLIAM OF ORANGE AND OTHER ROYALS:At the heart of Delft market square is a landmark that links directly to the country's royal past. The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) on the Markt is where William of Orange (or William the Silent) was entombed in 1584 and since … [Read more...]

A Royal Delft Experience

Royal Delft Pottery

A STOP IN THE TOWN OF DELFT TO VISIT ITS FAMOUS ROYAL DELFT FACTORY:Mention Delft and the iconic Delft Blue pottery immediately springs to mind. Delft was a stop on our tour of Belgium and the Netherlands and I was particularly pleased that we were finally visiting this town that is famous the … [Read more...]

Starkbierfest 2015 at Paulaner am Nockherberg

Paulaner am Nockherberg

STARKBIERFEST 2015: THE STRONG BEER FESTIVAL AT NOCKHERBERG:Lent 2015 begins on Wednesday, February 18 and ends on Thursday, April 2nd and the Nockherberg Starkbierfest 2015 will take place from February 27 to March 15, 2015.Starkbierfest is the Strong Beer Festival and drinkers who like … [Read more...]

German Wine and Beer Festivals 2015

Munich Oktoberfest

2015 FAMOUS WINE AND BEER FESTIVALS IN GERMANY:For connoisseurs of wine and beer, spring and summer are  fantastic times to be in Germany. From Berlin to the Rhineland, there is a great choice of festivals to attend, depending on whether you prefer to conduct your wine-tasting in one of the … [Read more...]

Getting Your VAT Refund Stamp on Road Travel

Stuhlingen Customs Office

GETTING YOUR VAT REFUND STAMP IS NOT SO EASY WHEN YOU'RE TRAVELLING BY ROAD:As most keen shoppers from non-EU countries would know, to be eligible for VAT refund on your purchases in the EU, you must firstly obtain Customs verification of your VAT refund forms. As the Tax Refund agencies will … [Read more...]

Schloss Hohenschwangau – Home to the Fairy-tale King

Schloss Hohenschwangau

SCHLOSS HOHENSCHWANGAU WAS THE CHILDHOOD RESIDENCE OF KING LUDWIG II:Most visitors come to Hohenschwangau to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II. However, set on top of a rugged hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau is another royal castle … [Read more...]