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...]

An Encounter with Paradiso Perduto’s Charming Chef

Il Paradiso Perduto

PARADISO PERDUTO - A SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND HOTSPOT IN VENICE: On our brief visit to Venice, we went looking for Paradiso Perduto (Paradise Lost), a seafood restaurant on Fondamenta della Misericordia in the Cannaregio district. Jonathan Phang had dined at this restaurant when he was doing his … [Read more...]

2014 Tour de France – Ride Paris Before the Real Riders Do

TDF

Paris Bike Ride - Your Chance to Ride a Part of the 2014 Tour de France Paris Course: For the many cycling enthusiasts heading to France to follow the 2014 Tour de France, here's an interesting thing to do - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride along a part of the Official 2014 Tour de … [Read more...]

A Visit to Orval, Famous for its Trappist Beer

Orval Trappist Beer

THE ORVAL BREWERY IS ONE OF THE TEN TRAPPIST BREWERIES IN EXISTENCE: From Dinant, we travelled south, taking the pretty country roads of the Semois Valley to Orval. Orval is of course famous for its Trappist beer and this visit was going to be one of the highlights of Tony's Belgium visit. He'll … [Read more...]

Fête Nationale: What’s on in Paris on Bastille Day 2014

Happy Bastille Day

Bastille Day Concert, Fireworks and the Firefighters' Balls – Paris: During the past week we've seen the City of Paris in preparation mode for Bastille Day 2014 celebrations.  As we are in the south of France, we will not be here to join in the grand celebrations, but here is a taste of what's … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Waterloo Battlefield

Lion Mound

AT THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, NAPOLEON WAS FINALLY DEFEATED IN 1815: For anyone with a passion for history, a trip out to the Waterloo Battlefield is an opportunity to learn more about this famous battle almost 200 years ago. The Battle of Waterloo was fought at a site about 13 kms south of … [Read more...]