Exploring the Benelux Countries

Walking and Eating our way through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands

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A Touch of Class down on the farm

A touch of class down on the farm – Koppelsteede (Please note: as of January 2021, Koppelsteede is closed to the public. Check their website if you’re planning to go.)   On a previous walk this summer along the old Roman border, while about to cross the freeway on our way to get gin, we

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The monumental trees of Arnhem: A BIRCH TOO FAR

A BIRCH TOO FAR One of the pleasures of planning walks in the early Boots and Bowtie days using the old (read “paper”) topographic maps was spotting the symbol which according to the map legend indicated a “remarkable tree”. This would mean a tree that conspicuously differs from the ones around it, or is in

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Point to Point walking

Belgium has once again led the way in introducing a brilliant new idea: point-to-point walking. They’ve had bike “knooppunten” for years, and recently began to make routes for walkers, based on numbered signs, an online map, and the possibility of devising and printing your own walk. Here in the Netherlands we’re busy catching up, and

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About Us

Mrs. Boots and Mr. Bowtie are two ex-pat Americans passionate about walking and food. Having settled in the Netherlands over twenty years ago, they set out to explore and discover all the finest dining and hiking the region had to offer. They aim to guide their readers with thoughtful, detailed and accessible descriptions of a variety of rambles through the Benelux, informed by local history and culture.
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