DISCOVER BELGIUM

DISCOVER BELGIUM.

A world-class destination, loaded with historic sites, more castles than Italy or France,with 650 varities of beer and more beer producers than Germany, with a diverse cultural heritage. 2012 is The Year of Gastronomy. For chocolate lovers-Begium is the #1 country in Europe. Last year over 170,000 tons of chocolate were produced, over 2000 chocolate shops, over 5000 friteries where Belgian fries are sold, more than 300 types of cheese, and more museums per square meter than most any country in Europe. Hundreds of festivals in each of the 3 regions and 11 districts.

Belgium is know for its hospitality.
And Belgians love to party. The country is known for its music festivals and film premiers. It
night life caters to straights, gays,
and everyone in between.

Belgium is also the diamond capital of Europe. Think Antwerp, and Flanders, home to legendary artists from the Flemish and Baroque schools,i.e.,
Van Eyck, Van Dyck, Bruegle, and Rubens.

And if your under 26 get yourself a European Youth Card. Cost is only E12.Use it for travel, attractions, and
discounts. If you’re lodging there’s a B&B association:
info@bnb-brussels.be.

From N.A. there are 11 departures by the major carriers. Once there you can
travel by rail to Paris in 77 minutes from Brussels, 111 minutes to London, and 113 minutes to Amsterdam. The country in fact is the most rail populated city in Europe. It’s also the home of NATO and the E.U.

There’s more but…

For more info go to:www.visitbelgium.com

-Michael Zufolo reporting for
Let’s Travel! Radio.

For “live” on Belgium go to:
www.letstravelradio.com, to 9/29
broadcast,12-1 p.m./EST.
BELGIUM is a discovery.

Belgium, located in the center of Europe is central to the leading countries of Europe by rail, 77 minutes to Paris from Brussels, 111 minutes to London and 113 minutes to Amsterdam. Eleven flight arrivals from the US daily.

About The Author

Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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