Belgium

Insider Guide to Antwerp

Antwerp is not chocolate box beautiful like Bruges, nor does it have that busy pick and mix’ selection combination of transient Eurocrats and tourists you taste in Brussels. Belgium’s second city is more ‘urban praline’ so in Isabel’s Insider Guide to Antwerp, you can look forward to savouring a luscious centre wrapped up in delicious outer coatings.

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Maastricht. The centre of Europe

This ancient city close to the Netherlands borders with Belgium and Germany was an important settlement and trading post even prior to Roman times. For two thousand years Maastricht has been a European melting pot where the major German and Latin cultures rubbed shoulders.

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Waterloo. Belgium’s battlefield can be a big break too.

Mid June and it’s the eve of the annual re-enactment of Wellington’s famous victory over Napoleon in 1815. I am looking out at the battlefield atop the Lion Mound, some 140 feet up offering up an impressive 360 degree view.

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