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OffshoreAlert – the Nemesis of Fraudsters – Comes to London next Month for its 3rd Annual European Financial Intelligence & Investigations Conference

head_bgLONDON — In October, 2012, OffshoreAlert exposed a £117 m fraud committed by Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund. Two weeks later, Axiom was suspended and went into liquidation. Its principal was struck off as a solicitor in England.

In February, 2014, OffshoreAlert exposed a £100 m fraud by a group that included Jersey-domiciled Argentum Capital Ltd., whose chairman was an ex-London High Court judge. Six days later, the Fund was de-listed by the Channel Islands Securities Exchange and three Cayman affiliates went into liquidation.

The point is this: Since 1997, OffshoreAlert has an unblemished track record of exposing countless investment frauds, money laundering schemes, and tax evasion scams – while they were in progress.

In London next month, we will pass on our proven expertise in international financial intelligence and investigations to high-level attendees from around the world at OffshoreAlert’s 3rd Annual European Conference.

The event will steer clear of clichés and stereotypes and educate attendees about what’s really going on in offshore jurisdictions such as Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, BVI, Cayman, Bahamas, and Bermuda.

“Offshore jurisdictions play a major role in global finance,” says OffshoreAlert’s owner and editor, David Marchant. “Virtually every high net worth individual or big corporation in the world’s major countries uses them to structure financial transactions or has considered using them.

“The OffshoreAlert Conference is an impartial forum to disseminate up-to-date and accurate information about all material aspects of conducting business in offshore jurisdictions and help attendees to understand how it can benefit them.”

There will be 18 sessions for providers, buyers and investigators of financial products and services that are targeted at the wealthy.

Speakers include senior representatives of the Financial Intelligence Units of Cayman, Guernsey, & Liechtenstein; the retired IRS Agent who headed the tax evasion investigation into foreign banks; the FBI Agent who investigated ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort, asset recovery attorneys from the BVI, Canada, London, Ukraine, and USA, and OffshoreAlert’s editor.

The OffshoreAlert Conference Europe will take place at The Bloomsbury Hotel, in London, on November 10-11, 2014. Details can be found at http://www.offshorealert.com/conference/london/.

OffshoreAlert specializes in reporting about Offshore Financial Centers, with an emphasis on fraud investigations, and also holds conferences about OFCs. (www.offshorealert.com, @OffshoreAlert)

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HBO Latin America And Weststar announce licensing agreement

HBO-LatinAmericaMiami, FL – October 27, 2014 – HBO Latin America and WestStar in the Cayman Islands have officially formed a commercial agreement for the distribution of the HBO/MAX family of channels, allowing customers to enjoy quality, premium programming. This agreement comes in light of the recent acquisition of WestStar by Logic Communications Ltd.

Now, subscribers of the HBO/MAX premium package can enjoy over 300 new titles per month – including exclusive and award-winning series, films and documentaries, all with no commercial breaks – through the variety of channels offered in both their standard and high definition feeds: HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Plus Panregional, HBO2, HBO Family, HBO Signature, MAX Prime, MAX Prime Panregional and MAX UP, plus two channels created exclusively for the market, HBO Caribbean and MAX Caribbean.

“HBO is very pleased to have reached a mutual agreement that will bring our programming to all WestStar subscribers in the Cayman Islands, with both companies committed to providing customers with a premium viewing experience,” said Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of Affiliate Sales for HBO Latin America. “We appreciate that the new leadership took charge to ensure proper delivery of the best content, in the highest technology, and we look forward to having a long-standing, successful partnership.”

Next month, HBO subscribers can tune in to original productions premiering day-and-date with the United States, such as the new original mini-series “Olive Kitteridge,” the third and final season of the acclaimed drama “The Newsroom,” and season two of the comedy “Getting On.” Viewers will also enjoy exclusive premieres of blockbuster films every Saturday on HBO, like the Marvel hit “Thor: The Dark World” and the family favorite “Frozen.”

On MAX, subscribers gain access to award-winning international films, documentaries and series. The channel features exclusive, weekly film premieres from the most respected directors and internationally recognized actors, with independent titles each Saturday such as next month’s debut of “The Congress,” and blockbuster hits on Sundays like “Before Midnight” and “The Angel’s Share.”

For more information on the HBO/MAX family of channels, visit www.hbomax.tv.

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America Group is composed of affiliates of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. and Ole Communications Group. HBO Latin America Group owns, operates and distributes the leading cable and satellite programming services in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, including HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, Cinemax, MAX, MAX Prime, MAX HD, MAX Caribbean, A&E, AXN, E! Entertainment Television, Sony Entertainment Television, Lifetime, History, H2, Warner Channel and Telemundo Internacional.

EDITOR: Although WestStar TV have announced there will be some programming changes and to go to their website where the changes will be shown, there is a notice saying: “Updates to the TV GUIDE are in progress”.

 

HSM Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Lambert as a Partner.

Ian cropped 2Ian specialises in insolvency, corporate and commercial litigation, cross-border asset-tracing and recovery and, in addition, has extensive experience in the area of professional negligence, with a focus on medical negligence and personal injury litigation.

Educated in Canada, Ian was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003 and subsequently practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor with the Toronto law firm of Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP. He was called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands in 2009, joining the litigation team at Bodden & Bodden where he provided comprehensive legal advice to clients on complex litigation and insolvency matters.

He joined HSM Chambers in March 2013, as a Senior Associate and has since then continued to advise and act for local and international clients in complex civil, commercial and corporate matters as a member of HSM Chambers’ litigation team including legal advice to the Joint Official Liquidators of eight Cayman Islands companies on their winding up and their defense of a US$9.2 Billion corporate fraud claim. Ian is married with four children and is a Board Member and coach of the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club and the Vice President of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, the recognized Governing Body of aquatic sports in the Cayman Islands.

The HSM Group is located at Buckingham Square, 720 West Bay Road, Grand Cayman. It presently comprises two law firms, a general law partnership (HSM Chambers) offering advice on Cayman Islands corporate & commercial law, trusts, litigation & insolvency, immigration & employment and debt recovery and a specialist intellectual property boutique law firm (HSM IP Ltd). HSM has over 35 staff including 5 partners and 5 lawyers. For further information please visit our website at www.hsmoffice.com or contact Huw Moses at hmoses@hsmoffice.com or by telephone (+1 345 815 7400).

 

Chancery Bar Placement scheme announcement – Invitation for applications from Cayman Islands

Quentin_Massys_-_Portrait_of_a_Man_-_National_Gallery_of_ScotlandThe Caymanian Bar Association, Cayman Islands Law Society and the Chancery Bar Association in England and Wales are pleased to announce the launch of the Cayman Trainee Placement Scheme for 2014.

The Scheme is available to Caymanian articled clerks seeking a 12 week placement in a participating Chancery Chambers in England and Wales. The placement will commence before 31st December 2015.

Applications should be submitted to the Chancery Chambers by email at admin@chba.org.uk. The application deadline is 5pm (GMT) on Monday, 17 November 2014.

See following for more details:

Cayman Trainee Placement Scheme: 2014

Student applications for places commencing before 31 December 2015

The Chancery Bar Association, the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association are pleased to announce that applications by Caymanian articled clerks for placements in Chancery Chambers in England and Wales commencing before 31 December 2015, will open to students on Monday 27 October 2014.

The Chambers who are members of the Scheme are set out below:

11 Stone Buildings

20 Essex Street

3 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings

5 Stone Buildings

Erskine Chambers

Four New Square

Maitland Chambers

New Square Chambers

No 5 Chambers

Quadrant Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers

Selborne Chambers

Serle Court

Ten Old Square

Thirteen Old Square

XXIV Old Buildings

The placements are governed by the terms of the Framework Agreement entered into by the above Associations and Society in May 2014.   Student’s attention is particularly drawn to paragraphs to 10 to 23 (inclusive).

Cayman articled clerks may apply to up to 3 sets of chambers for a 12 week placement. Each application should be completed on a separate form and all forms returned, completed and scanned, by e-mail to admin@chba.org.uk. Forms must be received by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 17 November. The Form that is used should be that to be found on the website (www.chba.org.uk) and can be found by clicking here.

Applicants are also asked to complete and send in with their application(s) a Diversity Monitoring Form though this is not compulsory.

Offers by Chambers will be made by 5pm (GMT) on 1 December 2014 and must remain open for acceptance until 5pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014.

Acceptances must be notified to Chambers and the ChBA by 5pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014.

If necessary, a clearing process will then operate to try to match any unsuccessful applicants with Chambers.

Any acceptances under the Scheme will be subject to the agreement of the ChBA and the Legal Advisory Council of the Cayman Islands.

Anticipated Timetable (subject to change)

27 October 2014                              Applications (maximum 3) open

17 November 2014 5pm (GMT)    Applications close

01 December 2014  5pm (GMT)    Last date for offers from Chambers (which must remain open for acceptance until 5pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014).

08 December 2014  5pm (GMT)    Last time for acceptance of offers (to be notified to Chambers and the ChBA).

Please note that the application process is subject to the oversight of the Legal Advisory Council of the Cayman Islands.

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Cayman Islands celebrates Seventh Annual Cayman Cookout with host Chef Eric Ripert and Friends

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 9.33.57 AMTickets now on sale for the Caribbean’s premier culinary event in January 2015

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 22, 2014 – Tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated Cayman Cookout hosted by Chef Eric Ripert from January 15-18, 2015 in the Cayman Islands. The seventh annual event, hosted by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food & Wine Magazine, will celebrate the Cayman Islands’ dynamic food scene with some of the world’s most talented chefs. To purchase tickets or select packages, please visit the event website.

This year, Cookout veterans Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés and Daniel Boulud will be joined by newcomers Michael White, Marcus Samuelsson, Norman Love, Sven Elverfeld and Sean Brock, as well as international talent Lynn Crawford (Canada), and Adam Handling (United Kingdom). Food & Wine executive editor Ray Isle will share his finest wine pairings beachside, while renowned mixologist Charles Joly will entertain guests with his exceptional handcrafted cocktails.

Those in attendance can expect four days of matchless culinary demonstrations, talks and teachings from global experts, all set in the intimate Caribbean atmosphere of the Cayman Islands. Celebrate the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” with Chef José Andrés from his roaring paella fire; delight in what is sure to be an unforgettable presentation of local flavours and culinary influences at “The Rundown” with Chef Anthony Bourdain; learn from Chef Lynn Crawford how to elevate the brunch experience; or attend an elegant lunch prepared by Chef Adam Handling with Her Excellency The Governor Ms. Helen Kirkpatrick. Other memorable events include a tell-all session with Chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain, a lively “Beach Bash” held at Rum Point and the famous “Barefoot Barbecue” party, where chefs and guests mingle and dine under the stars at Tiki Beach.

“Cookout is one of our favourite events of the year,” said Deputy Premier, and Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Moses Kirkconnell. “This incredible food festival highlights our rich tradition of food with all manner of vibrant celebrations and gives guests a truly extraordinary experience. We are thrilled that the guests, sponsors and chefs continue to bring this spectacular event to Cayman year after year.”

“There couldn’t be a better setting than the Cayman Islands for this memorable celebration of culinary arts,” adds Director of Tourism, Rosa Harris. “The entire Caymanian community comes together to welcome these renowned chefs and guests to our shores and we are excited to do so once again this January.”

To purchase tickets or book a trip, visit www.caymancookout.com, or to plan your trip before Cayman Cookout, visit us at www.caymanislands.ky. Join the Cayman Cookout conversation on Twitter at @CaymanCookout and @Cayman_Islands and use #CaymanEats.

Frequently referred to as “the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean,” the three Cayman Islands offer world-class hotels and elegant resorts, luxury condominiums and secluded villas, all with unsurpassed service, and an eclectic array of fine food options. With more than 150 restaurants, unwinding with a good meal in the Cayman Islands can include chic five-star dining as well as a more casual venue under the stars. From traditional Caymanian seafood, to Caribbean and Thai, Italian or New World, discerning diners are sure to find something to fit their taste.

Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquillity of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travellers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its idyllic beaches and diving spots, and recognized as a sophisticated, diverse financial centre, the Cayman Islands offer spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.

The Cayman Culinary Society’s 24th Annual Salon Culinare is on its way – Eat, Drink and Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 2.02.23 PMThe Cayman Culinary Society (CCS) will hold its most anticipated food event, the annual Salon Culinare on October21st, 22nd and 23rd. The competition will be a two-day event hosted by the Ritz Carlton on the 21st and 22nd showcasing remarkable talent in the local culinary industry. The spectacular event will end with a grand celebration on the 23rd, the Out of the Kitchen Gala Dinner. The gala dinner, known for the award winning chefs from all over the island coming out of the kitchen and to each table to cook – as the name suggests – treats each guest to a unique experience.

On the 22nd of October, attendees enjoy an industry specific Trade Show open to the public at no charge. There will also be a bartending competition, ice carving competition and the Chef of the Year cook off. “It’s a non-stop day, full of activities and competitions. It is a great day for the chefs in Cayman to show their talents regardless of where they come from or how long they have been in the business,” explains Chef Vidyadhara Shetty, President of the Cayman Culinary Society. The following evening will feature Out of the Kitchen’s Annual Cayman Culinary Society Awards Gala. The Gala includes tableside cooking featuring exquisite dishes for “foodies” and an awards ceremony on the 23rd of October with tickets available for purchase from the Ritz Carlton for only $145 per person.

In its 24th year of the Cayman’s Culinary Showcase, The Cayman Culinary Society has been organising these competitions so that all the chefs on island can put forth their international culinary talents, thereby helping the tourism industry on the island. International guest judges from the American Culinary Federation and Johnson and Wales will be overseeing the event along with local experts.

This is an event that has grown in popularity from year to year and is always well supported by the local community. With so much on show, it is a great way for the public to see all those who usually work behind the scenes and are such a big part of the Cayman Culinary scene.

“Cayman’s Culinary Showcase is a great opportunity for guests to see the true art of food. The Culinary Showcase is not just about eating — it’s about the complete taste experience. We want our guests to feel and enjoy that,” said Chef Shetty.

To purchase tickets for Out of the Kitchen’s Annual Cayman Culinary Society Awards Gala, contact the Ritz Carlton at (345)943-9000.Tables are selling out fast, however, while seats last you can select your seat of preference.

About the Cayman Culinary Society

Formed in 1989, the Cayman Culinary Society (CCS) is an organisation of professional Chefs and Food & Beverage personnel whose aim is to promote the Cayman Islands Food & Beverage Industry. The Cayman Culinary Society hosts several fund raising dinners each year as well as organising training seminars for local chefs and sending member chefs overseas to perform at trade shows and media events.

The society is also active in the field of education, through lectures and demonstrations at local schools and at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

For more information on the Cayman Culinary Society or on how to become a member of the Cayman Culinary Society, visit the Cayman Culinary Society website at www.caymanculinarysociety.com

 

 

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Sunrisers-Hyderabad-batsman-Chris-Gayle-during-46th-match-of-IPL-2014-between-Sunrisers-Hyderabad-and-RoyalBy Sandipan Banerjee From The County Cricket

The sudden cancellation of the ongoing India tour by the West Indian players has triggered a lot of controversies. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is thinking about withdrawing all relations with The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Some reports even suggested that Indian board might ban the Caribbean cricketers in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). Sandipan Banerjee digs deep and finds out the possibility of this ban before the IPL Governing council meeting on October 21.

“Love it. Hate it. But you cannot ignore it.” -This much-used adage is tailor-made for the lucrative IPL. Since its commencement in 2008 IPL has managed to court success, controversy and cynicism in equal measure. But what it has always managed is to stay top-of-the-mind. IPL is not just a cricket tournament now; it has become a brand — a brand that has put Indian cricket at the top of cricketing world.

To build this brand, the West Indian cricketers had contributed a lot. Whenever people think of IPL, it reminds them of the gigantic sixes of ‘CG’ (Chris Gayle), the mystique of Sunil Narine, the calypso jigs of Dwayne Bravo, the acrobatic fielding of Kieron Pollard, the controlled aggression of Dwayne Smith, or the ubiquitous resilience of Darren Sammy. IPL, as they call, is, “Cricketainment”, and Caribbean cricketers provide tremendous value for almost every franchise as well as the tournament as a whole.

Additionally, West Indian cricketers have often been faces of different franchises when it comes to promotion. Gayle, for example, is the undisputed face of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at this moment despite the presence of giants like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Will Vijay Maliya accept a sudden ban on his most influential and most productive cricketer? And while we talk of Gayle, what about other champions like Pollard, Narine, and Bravo, who have carved out respective niches in IPL when it comes to representing teams? Their ‘Brand Values’ are undeniably high; sponsors invest on these stars, which, in turn, bring revenue for the franchises and the tournament as a whole.

It will not be easy for BCCI to proceed on this sensitive issue without consulting the franchises. Having said that, , keeping the rigid nature of BCCI in mind, there is a possibility that they will still go ahead with the decision, in which case there may be a showdown between them and franchises.

According to some sources the IPL career of the Caribbean cricketers are already secured. West Indies were firm when it came to not take field in the fourth One-day International (ODI) at Dharamsala, but a few top WICB members convinced the players to play the match which in turn will secure their IPL future.

The fate of the players will be decided in the IPL governing council meeting in Hyderabad on October 21, but looking from outside it can be said risking the IPL brand value by banning the Calypso charmers will be a big gamble by BCCI. Will they take this gamble? Highly unlikely.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)

IMAGE: Chris Gayle’s power-hitting in the IPL has been appreciated by fans © IANS

For more on this story go to: http://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/banning-west-indian-players-in-ipl-can-affect-the-brand-value-of-the-event-will-bcci-take-this-gamble-200799

See iNews Cayman related story published October 19 2014 “West Indies cricket tour India discontinued! / India sends $74M damages bill” at: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/west-indies-cricket-tour-india-discontinued-india-sends-74m-damages-bill/

 

Nepal: Annapurna Circuit snow and avalanche deaths reach 28

_78291345_dad2c902-1749-4358-ade4-ae91466f42e1From BBC

Many survivors are suffering from hyperthermia and frostbite

At least 28 people have died on a key Nepali hiking route, officials say, after blizzards struck at the height of the Himalayan climbing season.

There are fears the final toll will be higher. Nine bodies were found on Thursday and about 220 people have been rescued, but many are still missing.

Nepalese, Israeli, Canadian, Indian, Slovak and Polish trekkers are among those killed.

Severe rain and snow in Nepal appear linked to a recent cyclone in India.

Tuesday’s exceptional weather was said to be part of the remnants of Cyclone Hudhud.

Most of the deaths happened when a blizzard hit a point on the Annapurna Circuit, a well-known trekking route in central Nepal.

_78291343_c93965c6-06f2-4c96-bfe7-7c0e0328d3c7Rescue team members carry a victim of an avalanche before they airlift the body from Thorong La pass area in Nepal, 16 October 2014 Rescuers will resume their search on Friday, with many trekkers still unaccounted for

The bad weather hit a resting place 4,500m (14,800ft) above sea level, not far below the circuit’s highest point, the Thorung La pass.

October is a popular trekking season and there were likely to have been many climbers on the passes.

Home Ministry officials said more people could have been saved and rescued if there had been an early warning against the snow storm, the BBC’s Navin Singh Khadka in Kathmandu reports.

Two military helicopters were sent from the capital Kathmandu to assist the rescue operation on Wednesday and nine people were rescued overnight.

Rescue team members carry a victim of an avalanche before they airlift the body from Thorong La pass area in Nepal, 16 October 2014 The blizzards and avalanches struck the area during the hiking season

Many more were rescued in Thursday’s search, with both private and military helicopters deployed.

Rescue operations were called off for the day when darkness fell on Thursday evening, but will resume again on Friday.

One survivor told BBC Nepali of the horror of seeing corpses on the journey back after the blizzard struck. He said he saw people falling into deep crevasses, unable to get out.

Another survivor, Linor Kajan, described her fear as she was caught in an avalanche.

Israeli trekker Linor Kajan explains how she lost her group and was dragged to safety

“Personally I was sure I was going to die… I was stuck in snow.”

_78229730_nepalmustang4641014She said she was unable to move until a Nepalese guide saw her and dragged her through the snow to safety.

High season

This has been a deadly year for Nepal’s trekking and mountaineering industry, which brings in huge revenues to Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries.

An avalanche on Mount Everest in April killed 16 Sherpa guides and resulted in a massive reduction of expeditions to the world’s highest peak.

The latest disaster comes during the peak trekking period. Thousands of tourists head to Nepal in October, many to enjoy its high altitude mountain passes and pristine beauty. But this freak heavy snowfall caught the trekkers off guard.

Nepal’s high peaks attract some of the world’s best climbers – but trekking is generally safe and appeals to masses of ordinary outdoor enthusiasts.

For more on this story and video go to: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29640241

 

 

Fatal Collision Savannah UPDATE:

Fatal Collision update

From RCIPS Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Approximately 6:30am Thursday 16th October 2014, RCIPS received a report of a serious motor vehicle collision along the Shamrock Road, west of the Savannah Primary School.

The collision involved a motor cycle, ridden by 23 year old Seion Brown of Windsor Park, George Town, the rider travelling, west on Shamrock Road lost control of the motor cycle in a left hand bend in the vicinity of Buddy’s Way, fell and collided with a sign post. He was later pronounced dead at the George Town Hospital.

The circumstances surrounding this fatality is being investigated by officers from the Bodden Town Police Station and anyone who may have witnessed the collision are asked to contact constable Eunel Gilzean of the BTPS at 947 2220.

RCIPS expresses condolences to the family.

Related story:

Road now open – Serious motor vehicular accident in Savannah. Motorist to avoid area

From RCIPS Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Police have now reopened the Shamrock Rd., Savannah where the accident occurred this morning. There may still be some delays as traffic clears. A further update will follow.

Original PR

From RCIPS Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Police and other Emergency Services are on the scene of a serious MVA in Savannah.

Motorists are asked to travel through East-West Arterial until the scene has been released.

All the world’s an island: Correspondent Carol-Ann covers the Globe with only a back pack Part 7

ANTWERP TRAIN STATION

ANTWERP TRAIN STATION

By Carol-Ann Rudy

The Treasures and Pleasures of Antwerp and Bruges

On the train from Switzerland through Germany overnight, I woke up to find myself traveling briefly through The Netherlands. Couldn’t see much from the train of the fabled windmills and nothing of the charming towns, villages, and canals—will save that for another trip, another time. I finally arrived mid-morning in Antwerp and a happy reunion with Patricia, my sister’s best friend in high school. I would have recognized her anywhere in spite of the years and events between. Welcoming me into her large, well-decorated flat, I thoroughly enjoyed a trip through time looking through photo albums with her. She had a wonderful career as a ballet dancer both in Canada and Belgium, traveling throughout the world, had a family, and continues to this day to teach.

C at Rubens House in Antwerp

C at Rubens House in Antwerp

The next morning we were up early and on our way to the home of Peter Paul Rubens, the Rubens House Museum or Rubenshuis in Flemish. Seeing how an upper middle class successful artist lived in his time was enlightening. He was an avid art collector as well as a favored European artist, and his home and garden reflected his status.

Bruges cathedral

Bruges cathedral

The following day we left for Bruges and its art treasures, first by bus then train. I was impressed with the speed and cleanliness of the trains and the friendliness of the Flemish people. Once in Bruges, we took a bus to the vicinity of one of the great cathedrals. From there, we walked—and walked—and walked. We sampled Belgian chocolate, looked over samples of hand-made lace, and enjoyed the cool atmosphere of several cathedrals. In my entire trip I took over a thousand photos and took plenty here.

Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelango Student photo

Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelango Student photo

We sampled local food at a lovely outdoor restaurant. On our way to a museum, we came across an organ-grinder playing for a crowd. I thoroughly enjoyed singing for him and the kiss he planted on my cheek!

Painting circa 1945 Bridge in Bruges by C Leegenhoek

Painting circa 1945 Bridge in Bruges by C Leegenhoek

However, the highlight of my trip to Bruges was a very personal one: my father was in Bruges in World War II. While there, he bought a lovely painting of a particular bridge. It was my quest to find that bridge, and photograph myself in front of it. Remarkably, we found it—and so did a number of other tourists! But I have my photo. The day was growing long; we returned to Antwerp and sleep.

C at the bridge from family painting

C at the bridge from family painting

The next day was the day to focus again on Antwerp. Brilliant blue sky. Many more cobblestone streets. Great architecture, art, and museums. Beautiful outdoor markets. In retrospect, it was like stepping off the edge of the world and into another. It was with much regret that I left the next day for Frankfurt.

The Organ Grinders Kiss

The Organ Grinders Kiss

In the 17th, 18th, and 19th century, it was “de rigeur” for those of the upper class in Britain to take what came to be called The Grand Tour. This was my Grand Tour throughout Europe, following in the footsteps of those hardy souls. For them, it was ostensibly to study the antiquities and the arts, not unlike myself. Unlike some

Busy Canal in Bruges

Busy Canal in Bruges

of them, it wasn’t an excuse or an opportunity to get soused—just the joy of sipping the occasional glass of wine,with strangers and friends.

Antwerp plaza from 2nd floor of museum

Antwerp plaza from 2nd floor of museum

Now, the last leg of my journey was beckoning.

Antwerp flower market

Antwerp flower market

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT: Frankfurt, Friedberg, and Flying Home!

IMAGES: (Carol-Ann Rudy)

The Treasures and Pleasures of Antwerp and Bruges

PHOTO 1 ANTWERP TRAIN STATION entrance

PHOTO 2 C at Rubens House in Antwerp

PHOTO 3 Bruges cathdral 3

PHOTO 4 Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelangelo student photo

PHOTO 5 Painting circa 1944 Bridge in Bruges

PHOTO 6 The Bridge in Bruges from our family painting 2

PHOTO 7 C at the bridge from family painting 3

PHOTO 8 The Organ Grinders Kiss

PHOTO 9 Busy Canal in Bruges 2

PHOTO 10 Antwerp plaza from 2nd floor of museum 5

PHOTO 11 Antwerp Flower Market

PHOTO 12 View from Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp

To read the first part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on August 11 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack/

To read the second part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on August 18 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-two/

To read the third part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on August 26 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-three/

To read the fourth part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on September 8 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-four/

To read the fifth part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman September 22 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-five/

To read the sixth part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman October 5 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-6/