Month: November 2016

Which Dutch city is for you?

ROTTERDAM If you are into food halls like me then you should head to Rotterdam where you can find the mother of all food halls.  It is huge and features fresh, modern architecture – a recurring theme in Rotterdam (see the unique, cube houses near the Blaak station).  The modern architecture differentiates Rotterdam from the

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May Holiday at the Hoge Veluwe

In Netherlands, children get a week-long school break during the month of May.  This is apart from the Easter holidays and unique? to The Netherlands (at least there is no May holiday in Norway for instance).  This year, we decided to explore the central part of Holland in the Gelderland-Veluwe area.  We heard in the

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An Invite to Paradise

Its nearly December, and we are counting the days for our annual Christmas homecoming.  We are fortunate to go home every year to paradise.  I am not joking.  We are from Palawan.  Yup, that island that always features in among the world’s best beaches.  It is even more special for us because we get to

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A Pilgrimage of Sorts

Summer of 2015.  It wasn’t a pilgrimage in the strictest sense. After all, it was the white chalk cliff of Etretat that has brought us to Normandy, not a religious shrine.  The cliffs have inspired impressionists like Claude Monet to paint masterpieces out of this natural landscape.  True enough, you can sit all day at

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Prague & Vienna – A lesson in history and culture

Last summer, we took the kids to Prague and Vienna for the holidays.  We opted for an apartment a bit outside the city center of Prague as we could not find a reasonably priced hotel or even a B&B near the city center.  Prague was all booked out. I was a bit disappointed that we

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