Somber Visit to the Western Front at Ieper, Belgium

May 30 We took our guest Dennis Duffy to Ieper and to the portion of the Western Front near Ieper on May 29. Every day is Memorial Day in Ieper, site of intense battles and barbaric destruction of life and property during the “Great War” of 1914-1918. Ieper was totally destroyed by many months of […]

Three Nights in Beautiful Bruges

May 30 There are few better ways to begin a European Adventure than three nights in one of the prettiest small cities in Europe. Bruges, or Brugge, or Brugges, or however you want to spell it (there are several variations, all correct) is a fairyland of gorgeous squares, little lanes, canals, carriages led by clopping […]

The Last Brewery In Bruges, Belgium

May 30 We took the interesting tour of the Henri Maes “Halve Mann” brewery in Bruges the other day and found it a fascinating look into how one of the more than 35 breweries that used to exist in this small Flemish town operated. Our guide, Ian, was the highlight of the day as he […]

Tour Opportunities for October

March 5, 2012 European Focus founder and guide James Derheim is available during the beautiful month of October, a perfect time to explore most of central and southern Europe. October is prime season and is usually booked far in advance. The days are mild and the kids are all back in school with no major […]

Bruges, Brugge or just plain Lovely

However you choose to spell it, and the Germans and the French and the Belgians all have their own spin on it, Bruges is one of Europe’s loveliest cities. We always enjoy taking our guests here, because it’s one “wow” moment after another in a city seemingly frozen in time. The historic city centre is […]

Private Tour Opportunity for August

We have an opening on our calendar for a private tour of at least seven days minimum for the month of August, 2011. This month is historically for us the last month to fill, and we’ve taken bookings as late as July for the very next month. Still, if it’s your dream to travel in […]

Another Postcard from Brugge

This is such a gorgeous city, it’s difficult not to just fill up our entire blog with shots. Here’s one of the most photographed corners in the city, with the belfry in the background.

A Moving Visit to Ieper, Belgium

We spent half a day touring around the region of Ieper, Belgium the other day and it was quite and experience. WWI battlefields nearby still bear the scars of the turbulent months near the end of the war when thousands of men died in the Flanders Fields. Especially poignant is the fact that many thousands […]