Exploring the Benelux Countries

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

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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Utrecht’s fabulous trees

One of the unintended benefits of staying closer to home since March of this year (2020) has been a better acquaintance with Utrecht’s many trees. In all frankness, we didn’t recognize many different species, until having read Peter Wohlleben’s “The hidden life of trees”, and afterwards Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Overstory”. We became curious

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B&B Manifesto

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