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Europe

Spotlight on Ghent and the Ghent Altarpiece

Main photo: Ghent Spires and Gables. Photo ©Martin Corlazzoli, VisitGent

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France

Calais, Calais Vins, and The Grape Escape

Calais highlights Approximately 27 nautical miles, or 31 regular miles, from Dover is the port and city of Calais. It’s an historic city well worth a visit either for a day or better still longer, and it’s within easy reach of the port either by car or by public transport. Things to see and do… […]

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Europe

Tile painting and Royal Delft

We make no secret of the fact that we love visiting the Netherlands. And one of our most favourite cities is Delft – the city where Vermeer lived and painted and which also specialises in splendid blue and white tiles and pottery – Royal Delft. Delft is a charming city dating back to about 1075 […]

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Europe

It’s Limburg for Coffee, Wine, Honey and Cherry Vlaai

For years Anna Hyman had known that Maastricht and Limburg in the Netherlands were renowned for food and culinary flair – as well as being famous amongst other things for its eponymous 1992 treaty and the introduction of the Euro, along with several famous sons including Andre Rieu and van Eyck, but had she realised […]

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France

Cheers to Beer

In spite of all her protests friends of Anna Hyman still maintain that her visit to the Nord-Pas- de -Calais region of France to learn more about brewing was actually one glorified pub crawl! There used to be scores of small local breweries in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of Northern France but with the decline of […]

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Germany

Cruising to wine, chocolate and beer

A river cruise is the perfect way to relax as Anna Hyman discovered. What’s not to like -cruising along beautiful rivers at a gentle pace, mooring at quaint riverside wine towns and villages, and on board ship fabulous food and a great crew. We were standing in the Pfaiz Historical Museum in Speyer gazing somewhat […]