Archive For The “Travel” Category

A Dog of Flanders in Antwerp

A Dog of Flanders in Antwerp

There are numerous reminders of this popular literary work, A Dog of Flanders ‘A Dog of Flanders’ is a novel by English-French author Marie Louise de la Ramée and was published under her pseudonym “Ouida” in 1872. It is about a Flemish boy named Nello and his dog Patrasche, and is set in Antwerp, where…

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In Nuenen with Vincent van Gogh

In Nuenen with Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s Nuenen is documented in charming fashion at the Vincentre Who is this ‘Vincent’ and where is Nuenen? We are exploring the life of THE Vincent. That’s Vincent van Gogh. Yes, he of the Potato Eaters and Starry, Starry Night fame. Nuenen, a beautiful small town in the region of Brabant in The…

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Loving Vincent …and Tim

Loving Vincent …and Tim

The ‘Loving Vincent’ Exhibition of the Animated Film The Loving Vincent Exhibition is now open at the Noord Brabant’s Museum in Den Bosch. This beautiful town is just one hour from Amsterdam by train, too. The exhibition runs until 28th January 2018 and displays 120 of the paintings from the film. The exhibition shows how…

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Portugal – A world of flavours

Portugal – A world of flavours

Tomatoes and potatoes arrived from the New World and have become staples It’s true that many British tourists are regulars on the beaches of the Algarve and they will say they love the country. Yes, they enjoy that little corner of this amazing land but far fewer visitors travel away from the resorts to discover…

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Porto – Harry Potter was born here

Porto – Harry Potter was born here

Lello bookshop would be a must-visit store even if Harry had never seen the light of day Yes, it’s true, dear reader! The boy with the lightning scar was conceived and born in Porto. This city is also known as Oporto and is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. In 2014 and 2017, Porto…

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Port, Porto and culinary culture

Port, Porto and culinary culture

You might have visited Porto in Portugal before but it’s worth another look, and perhaps with food and drink in mind this time. There has been more investment lately in this vibrant town, which exudes character and charm. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal was a leading European power, ranking with England, France and…

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Esterházy Torta – Floating Viennese Patisserie

Esterházy Torta – Floating Viennese Patisserie

It’s named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha The French tell us that they have the best food in the world. The Italians say the French learnt from them. The Germans have, in my opinion, some totally underestimated dishes; and we all remember the delights of paella in sunny Spain. But when it…

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AmaWaterways – floating luxury

AmaWaterways – floating luxury

Thoroughly contemporary hospitality with no need for stuffy dress etiquette Cruising! Now, there is a prospect that would likely divide the population in two. Each party would have very strongly-held views and would profess to know all about the subject. But perhaps they don’t! I have had the opportunity to ‘enjoy’ many a cruise so…

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Melodies of the Danube – Budapest and beyond

Melodies of the Danube – Budapest and beyond

AmaWaterways on the Danube is really first class and tempting! We have likely all heard of the Blue Danube, a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. But this majestic river isn’t actually blue, although it is beautiful and worthy of a nice tune. AmaWaterways offers a trip that will cover all the famous…

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Bratislava – sculpture and urban art

Bratislava – sculpture and urban art

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt worked or lived here. We have all heard of Bratislava but mostly with regard to iffy stag do’s. They are thankfully drifting into the mists of a former time, and there is so much more to this city than nightlife. The first known permanent settlement here was…

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Brick Lane – Flavours of India and Beyond

Brick Lane – Flavours of India and Beyond

The walk introduced me to experiences I would otherwise have missed We Londoners are a cosmopolitan bunch. That isn’t a recent phenomenon: our country has been built, over the centuries, on a diversity of cultures and that has also added to our cuisine. The British national dish is curry. There is a curry house on…

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Best of England Vineyard Tours

Best of England Vineyard Tours

Best of England make wine and vineyard education fun and accessible Many of us have become interested in wine. Yes, drinking it and pairing it. Remember the days when we in the UK drank just a few different wines? It wasn’t that they were so good that they became popular; truth to tell, it was…

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Three Chairs for The Netherlands

Three Chairs for The Netherlands

Design is, or should be, about form following function, with art contributing aesthetics I am an unashamed supporter of The Netherlands. It’s next door, but unknown to many British. (That might be perceived as an advantage, at least to us who have already discovered it!) It has history, beautiful architecture, surprisingly good food, art and…

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Mallorca for the Arts

Mallorca for the Arts

Valldemossa is a beautiful and unspoilt village and worth a visit even if Chopin isn’t your favourite composer We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This…

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Kröller-Müller Museum – gardens and galleries

Kröller-Müller Museum – gardens and galleries

One of the first people to appreciate the paintings of Vincent van Gogh This done of the first people to appreciate the paintings of Vincent van Goghelightful museum is a triumph. Yes, it will be a draw for lovers of art but it has such broad appeal for those who appreciate the open and wooded…

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hollywood actor Errol Flynn stayed at the Bon Sol This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away…

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The Textile Museum

The Textile Museum

Textile has played an important part in the history of Tilburg, and you can learn all about it at the museum ‘No, Mum, not a museum!’ Yes, many of us have heard that sad and somewhat panic-stricken refrain from youngsters who are dreading the prospect of another 3-hour amble around galleries hung with dark oil…

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Between Heaven and Earth – Atelier NL

Between Heaven and Earth – Atelier NL

The tile-wall is a collection of clay samples from each farm in the Noordoostpolder region It seemed unlikely. A pottery in a church in Eindhoven. But here it was and it is indeed a divine space in which to sympathetically develop well-designed products from natural clay. But not just any clay – this is Dutch…

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Mainz – arrive by River

Mainz – arrive by River

The picturesque old town is very much centred around the Romanesque St. Martin’s Cathedral This is a beautiful and cultured city and accessible from the river. One walks a few yards from the Rhine and the history of Mainz unfolds. There are 2000 years of human habitation here so plenty to discover. During World War…

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Het Noordbrabants Museum acquires van Gogh watercolour – until 19 March 2017

Het Noordbrabants Museum acquires van Gogh watercolour – until 19 March 2017

Het Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, Holland has recently acquired from a private collection The Garden of the Vicarage at Nuenen by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The work of October-November 1885 is the last known watercolour van Gogh produced in Nuenen and occupies a special place in his oeuvre. This acquisition – the most important purchase…

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