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A Little Louvre in Lens

With more than 10 million visitors a year, the Louvre is the world’s most visited museum. It’s also the world’s largest, so it’s not surprising that it can be a bit overwhelming. But if you want to see some of the world’s great treasures, you don’t have to venture into Paris. The Louvre has smaller museums in Abu Dhabi and Lens, Pas-de-Calais, a mining town located about 200 kilometres north of Paris.  In October, Expat Club journeyed to Lens. The Louvre-Lens is the baby brother of the Louvre and home to 200 masterpieces on loan from the Louvre Museum in Paris. From a Coal Mine to a Museum The Louvre-Lens opened in 2012, transforming a former coal mine into a regional jewel. The museum was built in Lens to re-energize the city and give it an economic boost.  It’s also part of France’...

It’s not about the drinking and all about the experience

Many of our trips revolve around certain famous alcoholic beverages, but our mission is very clear. We provide experiences and opportunities for discovery, not wild drinking parties. Here are some interesting facts about these particular themed trips and why you should consider them in your travel plans, even when you're not an alcohol drinker.

Bastogne Trip Review

You never know what surprises are in store when you travel on an Expat Club trip. Our day trip to Bastogne was no exception. Expat Club founder Edgar Hütte arranged for the “greatest living expert” on the Battle of the Bulge (as proclaimed by General Graham Hollands) to be our guide for the day. Martin King is a military historian, lecturer, author and TV personality. For more than two decades, the Emmy award-winning television personality has accompanied veterans on tours of the battlefields of World War II, bringing history to life with his insightful explanations of what transpired in the dark days of the War. His level of expertise on Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge is impressive and unmatched. We realised just how lucky we were to have him present this area to us! His unique stor...

Trip Review: Chateaus of the Loire Valley

Nowhere is the sheer opulence of French life in centuries past more apparent than in the chateaux of the Loire Valley. Each year, more than 3.3 million travelers visit the 42 chateaux that comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet, there are more than 300 chateaux scattered across the Valley. It’s no surprise that the region is  the nation’s second-biggest tourist attraction behind Paris. Most of the chateaux were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. They offered royalty and noblemen a welcome escape from Parisian politics. Over Bastille Day weekend, they offered 26 Expat Club members a romantic glimpse into the past. DAY ONE We were ready to start on a “chateaux sampler,” discovering the magic and mystery of these elegant edifices. Our luxury coach arrive...

The one activity you can’t miss in Tromsø

When you begin your arctic adventure in Tromsø there is so much to see and do, but there is one activity you cannot miss. The beauty of the Northern Lights is already enough to entice many to join this fantastic experience. But this one activity we’re talking about will make you feel warm and fuzzy. 

Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway

Why head north to colder climates when you could bask in the sun in Greece or Cyprus? The answer is simple. The Land of the Midnight Sun is magical, even when you just have a few hours of daylight each day. Here's a detailed account of my experience in Tromsø for NYE.

Everything you need to know about the Northern lights

This natural phenomenon always manages to capture the imagination. The lights can be unpredictable and ever-changing, but one thing is absolutely sure: they will always be a fascinating sight! Here's everything you need to know about the Northern lights (and how to increase your chances to see them!)

Remember the Fallen

War site trips are excellent opportunities to not only understand what took places on those sites but to also experience them and pay respects for the fallen. For us at Expat Club, these trips are very special. Every single one of the war site trips we host has proven to be an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience. Here are 6 war sites we believe are a must for every traveller. 

How to dress to impress at Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a party, after all; therefore people will dress for the occasion.  It may seem those traditional Alpine outfits are likely just a stereotype, but people do take their Oktoberfest garb very seriously.  Here’s our speedy guide to Oktoberfest fashion. Let’s begin with the basics The traditional outfits, in general, are called “Tracht,” the word used to describe all sorts of typical garments in German-speaking countries, but in particular of Bavarian, South Tyrolian, and Austrian ones. Depending on the region and social status, both accessories and garment quality will vary.  Hence, it’s not surprising to stumble upon shops in Germany and Austria carrying these pieces of clothing prices several hundred (and sometimes thousands) of euros! In the Okto...

The ultimate Oktoberfest Playlist

The “biggest folk fest in the world” is expected to have an equally impressive playlist, and trust us; it’s one that does not disappoint. The music of Oktoberfest is almost as important as enjoying some beers and delicious Bavarian food at their world-famous beer tents. It is what brings all those elements together into one incredible atmosphere. 1. The one you absolutely must know Since 1912 when it made its debut in Oktoberfest, bands in each tent will play this song every 15 to 20 minutes, and you must partake in the ritual that follows. We’re talking about, of course, Ein Prosit! When the song begins, you stand up, grab your “Maß” (that large beer mug), sing along and sway with your fellow tablemates, toast, and drink! Here are the lyrics: Ein Prosit...

5 things to consider before your trip to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the biggest folk fest in the world and a definitive expat bucket-list destination.  Expat Club has been traveling to Munich for Oktoberfest for 3 years, and so we have learned a few things along the way. Here are a few you have to consider when planning your trip to Oktoberfest. There will be crowds It doesn’t get to be the biggest folk fest in the world without huge crowds descending into town to enjoy the festivities. The Wiesn (as the locals refer to the fairgrounds) sees thousands of visitors every single day during the 16 to 18 days-long celebration. With such crowds, it can be a bit overwhelming to try to enjoy this remarkable event. Careful planning will be critical for you to enjoy the experience fully.  Famous beer tents will sell out fast They say Oktoberfest...

Châteaux de la Loire: 5 Exceptional Castles Worth a Visit

The Loire Valley is often called the Cradle of the French or the Garden of France. This comes from the many vineyards and orchards in the area. Located 200km South from Paris, it’s also well known for the incredibly high number of castles! Here are five  exceptional castles worth a visit

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