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Biesonder Boeiend Bilzen

The Province of Limburg is one of our favourite regions in Belgium to spend a short holiday. It's closeby, very green and the people are always super friendly! So naturally, I was very pleased when Toerisme Bilzen asked me to come down together with my family for a fun weekend! We stayed at the very comfortable Biezonder Holiday Home in Eigenbilzen. De provincie Limburg is één van onze favoriete bestemming voor een kortbij-vakantie. Het is er altijd heerlijk rustig, erg groen en de mensen zijn er super-vriendelijk! Natuurlijk zei ik meteen 'ja' toen Toerisme Bilzen ons vroeg om een weekendje daar door te brengen. We verbleven in het uiterst comfortable Vakantiehuis Biesonder in Eigenbilzen....

Wine days @sofitel

From September 21st until October 31st, Sofitel (Accor Group) organises the next edition of its famous 'Wine Days'. Also the Sofitel Hotels in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg are participating and during this time Sofitel guests get the chance to learn more about different wines during lots of events, special wine dinners and wine tasting sessions. Also Sofitel Brussels Europe has lots of things on their 'wine agenda'....

La vie est belle

Lucky me. For my birthday last April,  I received a voucher from my two best friends and my wife for a day trip through the Flemish countryside driving a true classic: the Citroen DS. I have always loved this car and she - yes, it's a she - has featured on my Instagram account numerous times before....

London baby!

My wife and I try to head to London at least once a year. Two weeks ago, we took our girls along again for a short weekend. They had visited London, before, so luckily we could skip all the touristy sights. They are both huge Harry Poter fans and were eager to see some of the movies' locations. We didn't want to spend an entire day outside London, so we decided not to go for the Warner Bros. studio tour just outside the city . We'll keep that for another time, cause it certainly looks great....

4 sunny days in Whitstable

When the misses and I were young... hm, I mean, younger... we used to travel to the UK a lot, especially the South of England and the West Country, we even honeymooned in Cornwall. But somehow we lost sight of this beautiful country the last 15 years (busy travellling the world and so on... ;-)), except for our yearly trips to London, of course. Last year, we picked up on our tradition again and went on two trips, one to Rye and one to Canterbury. For this year's family trip, we decided to visit the lovely seaside town of Whitstable, which is only a 45 minute drive from Dover. We drove the car on the ferry at Calais and enjoyed a wonderful sunny crossing on board of one of the P&O ferries, called 'The Spirit of France'. An hour and a half later, we were already were admiring the famous White Cliffs of Dover. I completely forget how much fun it is to arrive in England by boat!...

4 days on Rhodes

Every summer there is one week that all three of our kids are out of the house all together (scouts camp) and usually the misses and I take that chance to get away just the two of us. It is sometimes good to get away together... I think the fancy term for that is 'to re-connect' once in a while. ;-) ...

B is for Bread. And Bokrijk.

The open-air museum Bokrijk has been one of my favourite places to visit in Flanders since... well, for ever (as the ones who follow me on Instagram have probably noticed already). It is just a great place to go for a walk with the family in beautiful green surroundings and meanwhile learn a bit more about farm and village life in days gone by. ...

A few days on Crete

Crete is a wonderful island to visit. The landscape, the beaches, the laid-back style, the food… Last summer we flew from Eindhoven to Chania where we rented a car and drove to our rental apartment in the quiet seaside town of Kissamos. The apartment (called Kallimento) was quite new, beautifully decorated and had three bedrooms and a nice terrace. The young lady in charge of it, is really friendly and helpfull! It doesn’t come with a pool, but is within easy reach of a number of stunning beaches. There is a local supermarket within walking distance which makes it easy to prepare a nice lunch at the apartment, should you want to do so....

Bali with kids

My wife and I have always enjoyed travelling together with our kids. In fact, we only really started to explore the world after we had all three of them. Our general advice to families out there would be without any doubt: the younger your children are, the easier it is. It...