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Greek reggae band Locomondo rocks out at the Antilliaanse Feesten in Hoogstraten, Belgium

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Flanders is a Festival

Greek reggae band Locomondo rocks out at the Antilliaanse Feesten in Hoogstraten, Belgium

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.

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Martin's Patershof Hotel in a former Church

Martin’s Patershof Hotel in a former Church

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.

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