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Milan Italy one day itinerary

Milan Italy one day itinerary

Milan Italy is one of the perfect places to explore when it comes to fashion, food, and arts. Located in the Northern part of Italy and close to the bordering country Switzerland, Milan Italy is a favorite place to visit by tourists. This city is the capital of the region of Lombardy and is considered the second most populous city in Italy, next to Rome. Going to Milan is a nice way to start a tour or to spend a…

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Strasbourg France one day itinerary

Strasbourg France one day itinerary

Strasbourg France is a perfect place to visit when you are in the Southwestern part of Germany or west of Switzerland, and want to cross the border. It takes around 17 minutes’ car drive to cross the border from the town of Kehl Germany. If coming from Switzerland, it takes one-and-a-half-hour drive from Basel Switzerland to reach Strasbourg. Strasbourg is also an ideal place to tour when you are visiting Alsace France. The region of Alsace exhibits a blend of…

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Belgian cities close to the Netherlands

Belgian cities close to the Netherlands

Many Belgian cities are close to the Netherlands. Therefore, crossing border to Belgium, next to Germany, from the Netherlands is very easy. Every year, I visit one or two of its cities because of short travel time and due to many beautiful places to experience. From our hometown in Wageningen, which is in the middle of the Netherlands, it only takes two hours by car to reach Antwerp Belgium. Imagine if you are even coming from the South of the…

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Mechelen Belgium one day itinerary

Mechelen Belgium one day itinerary

Mechelen Belgium is one of the underrated and yet to be discovered city in Belgium by tourists. Going to Mechelen is very convenient because it is located between Antwerp and Brussels. It takes 20 minutes by train to reach Mechelen from Antwerp and 35 minutes by train from Brussels. From the middle of the Netherlands such as in Utrecht, it takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes to travel going to Mechelen Belgium, by car or by train. Unlike the…

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Brussels Belgium one day itinerary

Brussels Belgium one day itinerary

Brussels Belgium is a city of both old and modern facades. This city is one of my favorite cities to visit in Europe. In fact I come to Brussels once in a year, for work, conference, or simply to enjoy a weekend break from the Netherlands. It is quite easy to go to Brussels either by train or by bus from the Netherlands. In less than 3 hours from Amsterdam, you are already in Brussels. I can say that Brussels…

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Ghent Belgium one day itinerary

Ghent Belgium one day itinerary

Ghent is one of the oldest cities in Belgium. During the medieval ages, it was considered as the largest and richest city in the Northern Europe. This richness can still be seen in its medieval structure, arts, culture and local’s way of living. Similar to other Belgian cities, Ghent is charming in its own way. This city is also popular for its beers, museums, and sustainable innovations (cars run by diesel are not allowed to enter the city). Similar to…

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Half-day city tour Newcastle England

Half-day city tour Newcastle England

Taking a DFDS Amsterdam-Newcastle MiniCruise allows you to do four to five hours stop over to Newcastle England. In my previous blog Traveling with a DFDS MiniCruise is Kids Play, I talked about our experience inside the ship during our MiniCruise. If you only have a limited time in Newcastle England, you need to be strategic on the goal of your trip, the places you want to see, and the things to do in a very short period. Reading and…

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Traveling with a DFDS MiniCruise is kids play

Traveling with a DFDS MiniCruise is kids play

After two years of corona restrictions, traveling to United Kingdom became easier like before the corona pandemic. The British government dropped corona related requirements such as the quarantine hotels, testing requirements like PCR and antigen tests, and passenger location forms, regardless of the vaccination status. For us, this makes travelling to UK very attractive compared to other European countries. When traveling to EU countries, a vaccination certificate (valid for 270 days after the last shots) or a booster shot without…

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Efteling versus Disneyland Paris: A comparative review

Efteling versus Disneyland Paris: A comparative review

Europe has many famous theme parks such as Disneyland in Paris, Efteling in the Netherlands, and Legoland in Denmark to name a few. You can find a list of famous European theme parks in this website. Aside from these big ones, there are also small theme parks such as Slagharen Theme Park in The Netherlands and Phantasia Land in Germany. The small theme parks offer relatively comparable experience with big theme parks, yet the small ones are cheaper and less…

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Lille France family friendly places

Lille France family friendly places

Lille France is the capital of the Hauts-de France region, which is located in the Northernmost part of France. Lille is very close to the Belgian border in the North, an hour drive to the coast of North sea (De Panne, Dunkirk, and Pas de Calais) in the West, and less than 3 hours drive to Paris in its South. Despite being considered the 4th most populous city in France next to Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, Lille is a unique…

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