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Holland: Utrecht – by day and night

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A final post on our recent weekend break today… and it’s another one on Utrecht. Read more about Utrecht!

Holland: Palace Soestdijk

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A second post on our recent weekend break to Holland is about Palace Soestdijk, a former palace of the Dutch royal family. The palace is situated 20 minutes north of Utrecht, in the municipality of Baarn. Read more about this Palace!

Belgium: Maasmechelen outlet village

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Once or twice every year, my friend Katrien and I go to Maasmechelen Outlet Village… and those days are pure and utter bliss 🙂 Read more about this trip to Maasmechelen Outlet Village!

Holland: Kinderdijk (and a tiny bit of Dordrecht)

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Today’s tips ‘n trips post brings us to Holland… to Kinderdijk and Dordrecht to be more precise. Kinderdijk is known for the many windmills that are lined up next to several canals and Dordrecht is the oldest town in Holland. Read more about these two destinations!

Belgium: Antwerp – Bollekesfeest

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Cathedral from Antwerp, seen from the Groenplaats.

Antwerp has a lot of events, especially in summer. At the end of August you can enjoy the ‘Bollekesfeest‘ which is a series of activities throughout the town : music, dancing, markets, walks and cycle tours and of course eating and drinking (it wouldn’t be Belgium otherwise) !  Read about our trip to the Bollekesfeest in Antwerp!

Belgium : In Flanders Fields – part II

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View towards Diksmuide and the river Yser from the roof terrace of the Yser Tower.

Last week you could read part I of my In Flanders Fields trips. This week I tell you more about a short trip I did with my youngest daughter Elizabeth on a windy Saturday at the end of July. As my husband and son went to a football match, Elizabeth and I wanted to spend our time more wisely and we went to Diksmuide.  Read about our trip to Diksmuide!

Belgium: In Flanders Fields – part I

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Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke.

I made 2 trips with the Great War as a theme. One trip I made recently with my youngest daughter Elizabeth. The other trip I made in August 2014 with my husband and my 2 youngest children.

Today I will tell you about the trip we made last year in August. As 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, I wanted to do a trip to the Westhoek, the part of Belgium that suffered most during the Great War. I thought it was important for our 2 youngest children to join us, as I wanted to make them aware what happened 100 years ago and which part our country played in this war the whole world was affected by. Read more about our daytrip to Ypres and surroundings!

Holland: Utrecht

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Oude Gracht with a view of the Dom.

We like going to the Netherlands for day trips or weekend get aways. There are really beautiful little towns and villages and a trip to our neighbouring country never disappoints us !

This time we went to Utrecht. We parked at P&R Westraven and took the tram to the city centre. If you come by car, this is, in my opinion, the best way to get into town as the P&R is easy accessible and the car park plus tram tickets for up to 5 people only costs you 5 EUR !

The tram dropped us off at the station… now there we had some difficulties finding the fastest way to the old part of town as there are extensive road and construction works ! But after some time we found our way and soon we were strolling around the beautiful city centre. Read more about our daytrip to Utrecht!

France: Normandy – part II : D-day

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American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Last week’s Normandy post was all about gardens and nature. But Normandy is so much more than that. To many, Normandy equals D-day… so when in Normandy, make sure to find some time to spend on Word War II sites !

Mind, you can easily fill a week going from one museum to another monument, from one cemetery to  another landing beach… As we didn’t have much time, I just picked three D-day-things to do : Arromanches, the German battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.  Read more about our D-day trip in Normandy!