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onsitereview S E P T E M B E R 2 013 ANTWERP sparkles like a diamond sergio ortiz This photo: Antwerp's Central Rail Station is considered one of the great architectural wonders of northern Europe. Opposite page: A typical sidewalk cafe in Antwerp. 46-47 FlandersOnsite.indd 46 It's no secret that Flanders, Belgium's incomparable northern region, long ago forfeited its label as "Europe's best kept secret." Line Vreven, director, North America, Tourist Office for Flanders-Brussels, agrees that Flanders now ranks among Europe's premier destinations due to its distinctive culture, unparalleled cities and the lightinfused brilliance that inspired Rubens and Van Dyck. How does Vreven describe Flanders to prospective visitors or to travel agents booking clients to the small nation wedged between Germany, France and the Netherlands? "If I were speaking to them I'd say Flanders is state-of-theart," she confides. "Flanders is where you find a combination of cutting-edge craftsmanship with cutting-edge destinations, all done on a human scale. You'll be delighted, as Flanders is over-performing and underpromising." Flanders' troika of sparkling cities-Mechelen, Bruges and Ghent-would rank as "overperforming" in any traveler's book and a short visit will prove that they are indeed among the most appealing European urban centers, while Brussels-with its efficiency, cleanliness and order-can boast of being the European Union's de facto capital without blushing. But it's Antwerp, about one hour from Brussels by train, that's sure to capture a traveler's imagination with its singular attractions. A visitor to the home of Rubens, the thriving port that sparkles with its worldclass diamond industry, will find Antwerp a delight accented by thoroughly Flemish touches. 7/24/14 10:56 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2014

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Chic & New
Tour Talk FAMs to Latin America & Beyond
Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine
The Dish on Las Vegas
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Lanai, Hawaii
Double the Charm in Cancun
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
Tour Operators Do the Talking
The Beat Goes on for Thai Tourism
A Love Affair with Puerto Rico & Four Grand Personalities
Punta Cana’s Melia Caribe Tropical—The Level
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada
On the Tracks in France
Antwerp Sparkles Like a Diamond
Southern Africa

Recommend August 2014