Lier – Belgium Off the Beaten Path

The iconic Zimmer Tower in Lier

Visit-worthy destinations in Belgium aren’t limited to the major well-known cities, such as Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp. Rather to the contrary; those much-visited cities are only the tip of the iceberg—albeit quite a nice tip. The rest of the iceberg of Belgian cities consists of quaint stone towns hidden deep in the valleys of the Ardennes, college cities home to great breweries and a vibrant ... Read Full Article

Paris Insider tips: Make the Most of your Paris Trip

The Champs Elysees is the heart of Paris

I have traveled to Paris dozens of times and am always amazed at how much I learn about this wonderful city on each visit. It is always an exciting experience. Here are just a few Paris insider tips I have learned through the years. By sharing these Paris travel tips with our readers, I hope to positively contribute to our readers over all Paris travel experiences. Paris Insider ... Read Full Article

Seven of the Best Beaches in Europe

Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal, one of the best beaches in Europe

With spring finally here, and summer on the doorstep, beach season is ramping up again in the northern hemisphere. It’s a welcome turn for lovers of European surf, sun and sand-between-the-toes frivolity. After all, Europe is home to some of the most stunning and spectacular beaches on earth. Here’s a quick taste of some of the best beaches in Europe; you really ought to consider visiting at least ... Read Full Article

Six Great Places for Spring Travel in Europe

Paris a great spot for Spring Travel in Europe

It’s always a stunning time in Europe when the sleet and snow of winter makes way for the glowing renewal of spring. Parks and gardens blossom and bloom, cities return life again. Ahead of the summer throngs, it’s also a fabulous time to baulk the European crowds, while keeping the back pocket in tact with friendly shoulder-season rates. From the Italian Lakes to Vienna, Budapest to Seville, we ... Read Full Article

Top 5 Attractions in Ghent, Belgium

Graslei in Ghent, the most stunning medieval waterfront in Europe

Ghent is one of Europe’s most underrated, if not unknown, medieval cities. It’s nothing short of spectacular. While most people who visit Belgium limit their time to Brussels and Bruges, the country has so, so much more to offer. Exciting cities such as Antwerp and Leuven, but also Ghent, offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a centuries-old city dotted with truly magnificent ... Read Full Article

The Keukenhof Gardens: Europe’s Best Spring Destination

The Keukenhof Garden's windmill is a popular attraction

There’s nothing as encouraging as seeing the first spring flowers pop out of the ground after a long, cold winter, their colors a first hint that warmer times are on their way. But just imagine seeing millions—yes, millions—of them spread out over fields and lawns and in wooded parks. You can witness a natural spectacle like that in the Keukenhof Gardens in the western Netherlands. The ... Read Full Article

Antwerp: a City of History and Riches

entrance hall in the Antwerp Central Station

It’s hard not to fall in love with Antwerp. Belgium’s second largest city has so much more to offer than you would expect at first glance. I will kick off this article with a handful of things Antwerp is well-known for, and I will conclude with a list of places you should absolutely visit. Antwerp's Claims to Fame A Trading Mecca In the 16th century—I know, it’s a while ago—Antwerp was one ... Read Full Article

Hop on for a Benelux Culinary Tour

Market hall in Ghent, Belgium a Benelux country

Rail travel is often associated with the hateful commuter necessity that we experience daily or the iconic luxury experiences that we only read about; but is there anything in between? Those were my thoughts as I boarded the Eurostar for a nine day trip that would weave me across Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg – for a Benelux culinary journey. My Benelux Culinary Tour The ... Read Full Article

Six of Germany’s Fairy Tale Cities

Sleeping Beauty" castle of Sababurg one of Germany's fairy tale cities

Have you ever wondered who and what inspired the German brothers Grimm, who wrote the fairy tales we loved as children? Germany's fairy tale cities are varied in location and size, and they are all are worth a visit to rekindle the magic of our childhood. And while planning your travels, be sure to check out Travel Ticker when you book the best hotels for your journey. So, pack your bags and ... Read Full Article

The Kinderdijk Windmills, a Year-round Attraction

The Kinderdijk Windmills line the Overwaard canal

If you’re looking for the quintessential Dutch landscape, you can’t find a better one than Kinderdijk. Located a mere sixteen kilometers from Rotterdam , in the province of South Holland, this tiny village is home to the Kinderdijk Windmills. These nineteen old windmills, make up the most dense concentration of windmills in the entire Netherlands. It lies at the confluence of two meandering ... Read Full Article