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...]

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...]

The Magic of Vienna’s Christmas Markets

Vienna-Christmas-Market

VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKETS TO GET VISITORS INTO THE YULETIDE SPIRIT: The first Christmas markets in Vienna were held more than seven centuries ago when in 1296 Emperor Albrecht I granted Viennese traders and shopkeepers the privilege of holding a December market for the city's population.  … [Read more...]

Christmas in Paris 2014 – What to Do in Paris at Christmas

Christmas in Paris

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND CONCERTS ARE SOME THINGS TO DO IN PARIS: When it comes to things to see and do in Paris, it would take a lifetime of visits to cover all the attractions that Paris has to offer. And if you are visiting at Christmas time, there are some additional festive … [Read more...]

Marchés de Noël – Christmas Markets in Paris 2014

Marchés Noël

PARIS CHRISTMAS MARKET DATES 2014: Christmas markets (Marchés de Noël) have caught on in many towns and cities in France and have become part and parcel of the pre-Christmas activities and attractions. Paris has a good spread of Christmas markets and some of the biggest and best in the centre … [Read more...]

Locations and Dates of Paris Christmas Markets 2014

La Defense

Marchés de Noël 2014 - Where to Find Paris Christmas Markets and Dates: Christmas is fast approaching, and for those who love Christmas markets, there are more Marchés de Noël in Paris than just those in the Champs-Elysées and central Paris. From the gigantic Christmas market at La Défense to … [Read more...]

Normandy Christmas Markets 2014

Normandie Marche Noel

Enjoy Normandy Christmas Markets and Events in Historical Locations: Like many of France's beautiful towns and villages, Normandy has many Christmas markets and events in historical locations. Below are some places where you can taste French Christmas treats, do some pre-Christmas shopping … [Read more...]