Dream of escaping to the countryside and a simpler home-grown style of life? Test-drive your dream on the Quinn’s smallholding in Geel, where you can learn a skill, meet some animals, and eat locally produced food.
A lowly warehouse in Antwerp may not seem like a life-changing sort of place. However, this was the start of a completely new life for over 2 million immigrants and a lifesaver for many of them. The brand new Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, tells the story of these immigrants, who bravely travelled from Eastern Europe to North America, leaving everything they knew behind.
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Where better to enjoy a classical music festival than a beautiful former monastery? And, being Belgium, of course the evening begins with a theme dinner to compliment the concert. It’s all part of Laus Polyphoniea in the stunning AMUZ concert hall, in the heart of Antwerp.
If I asked you where you’d find the World’s largest Caribbean festival, you’d probably name somewhere in the Caribbean, or possibly the United States or England. You likely wouldn’t guess a horse pasture in Flanders, but that’s exactly where you’ll find the Antilliaanse Feesten – in Hoogstraten, Belgium.
While most people know Brussels is famous for Art Nouveau architecture, fewer people are aware of the stunning examples in Antwerp. One neighbourhood stands out in particular and it is well worth a visit – Antwerp’s Zurenborg.
We love animals, be it the furred, the feathered or the scaly. Despite this, it took us six years to visit the Antwerp Zoo, (Zoo Antwerpen in Dutch). It was six years too many.
Years ago, when I first heard about the Plantin-Moretus printing museum, in Antwerp, it didn’t strike me as a place I had to visit. When I discovered recently it is the only museum on the UNESCO World Heritage list (and I’m slightly obsessed with visiting UNESCO sites) I figured it must be worth a look. I’m happy to report that I was right.
This year for Valentine’s Day, Andrew surprised me with a romantic getaway. It wasn’t to a spa. Nor was it to a cosy cottage in the countryside. For Valentine’s Day this year, we went to Mechelen and stayed overnight in a church.
You’re probably thinking, sleeping in a church doesn’t sound very romantic it all. That was my first thought when Andrew sprung his surprise on me. The church in question is, these days, known as the Martin’s Patershof Hotel. And I assure you, it was a very romantic getaway indeed.