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discover FlAnDERS europe Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent...Flanders’ magical cities are a treasure trove of delightful discoveries. F sergio ortiz 16 august 2010 Flanders in northern Belgium is everything travel brochures claim it is. It often seems that this Dutch-speaking part of Belgium was designed with adjectives in mind—and, for once, all the sparkling words used to describe a region seem fitting. Flanders is where “seductive,” “magical,” “historical,” “colorful,” “charming” and a ton of other worn-out words have found a nest. Its cities roll off the tongue invoking colorful images. Here’s Brussels, the seat of the European Union, a capital that hides a lively and effervescent lifestyle flavored by beer and chocolate behind the staid and gray facade of high-voltage international politics and major league finance. Bruges (locals spell it Brugge and pronounce it “Broo-gah), only 30 miles from Brussels, oozes medieval magic and lives up to its reputation as a synonym for perfection. You come here for its distinctive regional food (mussels and fish), local beer (Brugse Zot), cakes and chocolate (a multitude of shops perpetually lure passersby with distinct aromas), lace (a local strong suit) and for the chance to visit unparalleled museums while strolling along age-old streets crisscrossed by canals lined with ancient landmarks like Bruges’ lofty Belfry Tower and the superb Princely Beguinage of the Vineyard. But Bruges is so timeless and gorgeous that it never fails to leave visitors agog. There is Antwerp, a shopper’s wonderland. The city that gave humankind the genius of Rubens in days of yore is today the undisputed capital of the diamond trade. The city’s Het Suid (South District) is the nucleus of Flemish culture, a beehive of artists’ studios and art galleries. Elegant Ghent in East Flanders is full of canals and cobblestoned

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
All-American St. Louis
PH Towers by Westgate, Las Vegas

Recommend August 2010