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The Eiffel Tower, Paris
Creative Commons AttributionThe Eiffel Tower, Paris - Credit: Taxiarchos228

The city of Amsterdam is the Netherland’s largest and  is home to historic canals, as well as being the former home of Vincent van Gogh, to whom a museum is dedicated. Other famous attractions in Amsterdam include , the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum, along with the Anne Frank House.

Of course, the capital city, which is the Netherlands’ financial as well as cultural capital, is also renowned for its red-light district and cannabis coffee shops… 

Meanwhile, Belgium’s capital city has a history of drawing in those of a creative persuasion and was home to various Impressionist painters in the past.With more than 80 museums, Brussels boasts an impressive range of artwork and other historical memorabilia. The streets are also lined with beautiful medieval architecture, monuments and boulevards.

The Congress Column in Brussels
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Both Dutch and French are spoken in the city, with French having become increasingly popular during the 19th and 20th centuries. As the administrative centre of the EU, Brussels is therefore also referred to as the Capital of Europe.

London – home to LMS for a large part of his life, is saturated with history, culture and literature… Indeed, from Dickens to Shakespeare, Pepys to Woolf, many of the greats have lived and worked in the UK city – many more then and since.

Palace of Westminster. 


Palace of Westminster.
Creative Commons AttributionPalace of Westminster. - Credit: Tony Moorey


Brimming with beautiful buildings, London is home to the famous Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, to name but just a few of its sites.

As Samuel Johnson once said: “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”