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Open Breweries Day in Belgium!

Reader Contribution (BB) One day out of the year in April, Belgian brewers host an “open house“.  For some of them, it is the only day of the year when they are open to visitors.  If you like good beer, schedule a visit around this day!  Here’s the link: From the website:  “Visit one […]

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Thomas the Train – Coming Soon!

Reader Contribution (AS) “A Day Out With Thomas” Oct.22-24, 2010 Tickets on sale now for “A Day out with Thomas.” This is an annual even which takes place at the train station in Simpelveld, NL. These tickets sell out very quickly, so if you’re interested, book now! The little ones have so much fun- you […]

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TEFAF – Antique lovers paradise

A world-class museum where every piece is for sale.  You don’t have to buy it to enjoy the beauty.  Absolutely incredible.  Going on NOW through 21 March from 1100-1900.  Closes at 1800 on 21 March. The TEFAF is the “World’s Leading Art and Antiques Fair,” and since, it just so happens to occur in Maastricht […]

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Saint Joseph Market in Sittard

This annual market in Sittard traditionally takes place on March 19th in Sittard’s Saint Joseph’s market square – the same large market square that hosts most all of Sittard’s events. The Saint Joseph (Joep) market is quite well known in the greater tri-border region not only because it’s the first annual fair of the year, […]

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Spangdahlem’s Annual Eifel Spring Bazaar*

Reader Contribution… Not that you need an excuse to shop, especially when the vendors are all hand-picked by the semi-professional shoppers of the SSEMC, but just in case your significant other needs a bit of a nudge, consider this: Spangdahlem is only 90 minutes away through very picturesque countryside. It’s BX and Commissary have things […]

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Easter Market in Kloster Eberbach (Monastery on the Rhine River)

Reader Contribution (MC)… This is one of the largest Easter Markets in Germany. Located near Wiesbaden, this year’s market takes place Feb. 27-28. There will be lots of Easter eggs, chocolates, baskets, and springtime decorations. Saturday, Feb. 27 1100-1800 Sunday, Feb. 28 1000-1800 To Get There: Use the address for Kloster Eberbach in your navi:  […]

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Veteran’s Day at Margraten

If you haven’t been to the US Cemetery at Margraten, then the Veteran’s Day event will be a nice time to go. It’s such a beautiful and moving place. Dutch families take care of the graves leaving flowers on them regularly. This honor is passed down from generation to generation as they still remember and […]

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Local Cultural Emersion

Reader Recommendation… 20th Annual Cultura Nova comes 27 August – 5 September, 2010! Check out “Culturanova” at to learn about this annual festival. The website features a British flag icon that takes you to an English site with lots to explore. This festival features theater, visual arts, music, dance and more at 19 locations […]

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Daylight Savings Time

Europe not so conveniently changes their clocks a couple weeks later than the US and Canada, so mark your calendar for Sunday, 29 March for a leap ahead at 2am. Also, remember for the next couple weeks to subtract 1 hour from the usual time difference when calling home. A good resource:

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Time to Train! Kennedy March, Sittard

Here’s the challenge: Walk 50 miles in 20 hours.Why? To prove JFK wrong, initially. And now, because it might just be fun. :) “The Sittard Kennedy March came into existence in 1963 when the American president John F.Kennedy spoke the words “I think most American people are so weak, they can’t even walk fifty miles […]

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