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Invitation: Visit historic old city Breda

Hoi, Kruikenzeikers (Tilburgers)! You know how when you live somewhere you never bother to check out the local attractions?  

How many of you have been to Breda for something besides visiting IKEA? A great way to get to know your way around any new city is to simply get out and walk. Breda is certainly no exception, and its picturesque Old Town center is a wonderful place to explore on foot, day or night.

Tilburg International Club Breda Walking TourDate: Saturday, 21 May 2022
Time: Meet at 12:30, Tour starts at 14:00
Meeting Point: Lunch @ The Botanist, Tolbrugstraat 19, 4811 WN Breda, Tour starts at the Breda Central Train Station, Stationsplein 16, 4811 BB, Breda
Register by: 19 May 2022
Member Cost: €7,00 pp (includes lunch and the tour! Normal price is €25 pp)
Guests: €12,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

Breda is an active town with a beautiful old city center crowned by the Grote Kerk,  A little smaller than Tilburg, Breda boasts the historical seat of the House of Oranje-Nassau (ancestors of the present royal family). The Netherlands’ military academy is located in their old palace, and their old palace gardens have been converted into a huge park, Park Valkenberg.  The city is surrounded by a river/canal “moat” that makes for a pleasant boat trip. 

Get the details and register now! (more…)

A fun evening visiting GLOW in Eindhoven

Tilburg International Club Expat Trip to GLOW Eindhoven06 Nov 2021. GLOW Eindhoven is a light art festival in the public space of Eindhoven and takes place every November. The light art festival GLOW in Eindhoven breaks the visitor record every year. The twelfth edition of GLOW Eindhoven took place from 6 to 13 November 2021.

Both in the center of Eindhoven and on part of the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, dozens of special light projects were shown during the eight days, made by artists from The Netherlands and abroad. The special event always attracts visitors from all over Europe. The six-kilometer-long City Route included illuminated buildings, churches and tunnels, while the Science Route was largely located on the University grounds.  (more…)

#FBF: GLOW International Light Art Festival

This weekend, tíc is taking a trip to the GLOW light art festival in Eindhoven. In honour of #FlashbackFriday, let’s take a look at our last trip from 2018!

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review and pictures by Mélanie Magnier

17 November 2018. tíc members met at the Tilburg station to take the train together to go to Eindhoven and discover GLOW, the International Light Art festival.

Right out of the station, the Student Hotel was animated on a facade by a projected video. (more…)

#TBT: Trip to La Trappe Brewery

Tomorrow, we will be doing an at-home beer tasting workshop presented by Hetbiermoment. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at our tour from 2018 to Koningshoeven monastery to visit the Trappist Brewery, famous for La Trappe beer!

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22 September 2018. by Elaine Ferguson. A group of enthusiastic beer tasters assembled outside the La Trappe Monastery in Berkel Enschot. Coincidently, the majority of our group consisted of Australians although some were from Sydney.

Antonio our guide met us at the gates and we preceded to the brew room where he explained the process (see link below), but the most important part for us to remember was the 2nd fermentation!! As once the beer is bottled, it continues to ferment. So, the longer you store it, the better the taste. (more…)

Tour of LocHal and WWII Expo review

by Mala Raman

07 Mar 2020. Right behind the Tilburg Central Station in the Spoorzone, is an old industrial locomotive hall that has been transformed into a cutting edge library, The LocHal. The repair center from the 1930s has been converted into a modernist design filled with glass, stunning wooden staircases and light-filled, open-plan spaces all housed within the steel beams of the original locomotive center.

Our group of tíc members met here to explore this innovative building. The World Architecture Festival named the LocHal “2019 World Building of the Year”.
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Review Day trip to Dickens Festival in Deventer

by Gleb Gertsman

16 December 2018. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name of Charles Dickens? The story of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, The Pickwick Papers and, of course, A Christmas Carol novella. So, when a lot of characters from his work coming to life in a two-day festival, you just have to be there.

“There” is a town called Deventer, which is situated in the Overijssel province. The Dickens festival is always held in the winter, close to Christmas, and this year it fell on the weekend of 15-16 December.

We, tíc members, decided to go there, to check the atmosphere, try to name all the characters and to soak in the Christmas spirit of an English Victorian village.

The morning welcomed us with a white sheet of snow all over the Netherlands. It was cold, dark and mysterious, but we were ready for adventures, which began almost immediately.

Our train stopped midway and could not continue to the final destination, so we stopped in the small town of Oss to wait for another one to come for rescue. Foggy Oss welcomed us with hot drinks (thanks to Kiosk and NS) and we happily chatted with each other. The waiting time flew by and 30 minutes later we were sitting in the train on our way to a fairytale.

We knew, that there might be a waiting line of up to 60 minutes at the entrance to the old town of Deventer, but the hope was still within us. Therefore, it wasn’t surprising when we saw a bunch of people going in the same direction. The hope for a short waiting time evaporated. Thankfully, the clever people of Deventer helped us to overcome this small obstacle by dipping us gently in old days town mood.

Just as we got out of the central station, we found a photo booth in a shape of an old photo camera that was offering photography services. The fashion of the 19th century also came alive here. Women with puffed dresses, long sleeves, V-shaped bodices, and men with cutaway coats, straight trousers and high hats, we could see it all. The waiting time flew fast because we could drink Glühwein or hot chocolate, eat some hot waffles, and just enjoy the music of the orchestra playing next to us. But be aware, thieves are on a constant alert, and they will rob you shamelessly. If you don’t want to drink, then buy a newsletter from a paper boy, and read while you are waiting, because a guard with sharp spears will not let you in.

Finally, we made it to the entrance. A huge statue of Charles Dickens, made of lights, welcomed us into the wonderful and harsh world of his stories.

It seems that time just stopped here. The old city of Deventer was dressed in Christmas trees and festive lights, rich couples promenading next to us. Folk were doing their daily activities: cleaning, laundry and grazing sheep. Merchants were selling fruits, vegetables, warm chestnuts, waffles, cakes, artisan bread, smoked meat and fish from, oh so many, carts. Chimney sweepers were doing their dirty chores. The city was loud and alive.

We witnessed a fire, a robbery, a drunken brawl, a ghost predicting the future (or putting a curse on us, it was in Dutch). Oliver Twist was there too, telling us all about his adventures. The village police were trying to keep everything in order, but little children, begging for money, and drunk vagabonds, trying to pick up a fight with every passer-by, made our walk through the old town very realistic, fun and unexpected.

But not only were the streets full of tales, people opened their windows for us, and inside we saw tea parties, a real trial, and regular people just playing board games in Victorian living rooms.

It was cold outside, so the Dickens pub (pool salon during “regular” days) took us into its warm arms and gave us a hiatus to rest and eat before we continued the journey.

A lot of antique shops, different boutiques, Dickens museum, wood sawing, playground for little children and Scottish marching band made our day diverse.

Almost at the end of our day, we visited a church on the Bergkerkplein where we witnessed a children’s play, recreating scenes from A Christmas Carol novella.

We finished the day at the Christmas market of modern Deventer with some poffertjes.

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#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Deventer #DickensFestival #daytrip

#TBT: Day Trip to Muenster Christmas Market

This weekend, tíc is taking a trip to the Dickens Festival in Deventer. In honour of #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look back at last year’s trip to the Christmas Market in Muenster, Germany.

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by Andrew Kelly

10 December 2017. It has become a tradition that every year tíc takes a winter day trip and this year we chose to go to the wonderful German city of Muenster. Our meeting point was at Tilburg University where our bus was waiting to take us to Muenster. The bus was very comfortable and sharing Christmas cookies made the bus ride go a little more quickly.

Of course, once we arrived it started to snow and the city really started to get the Christmas spirt.

Let’s just say it was really cold and a lot of my time was spent drinking the hot Gluhwein in their traditional mugs and eating all the lovely food which I think added an extra 10kg to my weight.

Exploring the Classical city of Muenster in the snow was also an experience and I would recommend it to anyone if they enjoy taking a drive down to see the city.

Review of GLOW International Light Art Festival

review and pictures by Mélanie Magnier

17 November 2018. tíc members met at the Tilburg station to take the train together to go to Eindhoven and discover GLOW, the International Light Art festival.

Right out of the station, the Student Hotel was animated on a facade by a projected video.

Then, we began a tour in the city centre, where we could admire different video projections showcasing this year’s theme of “Shadows and Light” including the Catharina church, the Philips Tower of Light or the Immersive Decelerator on the buildings of the Markt place.

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There were also different journeys in shopping centres, such as the Heuvel, with bright objects inside or outside.

It was a nice discovery!

You can check out more about the event here: https://www.gloweindhoven.nl/en

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #lightfestival #GLOW #eindhoven

Review of the Tilburg Ghost Tour!

By Tanya Krupiy

31 October 2018. I enjoyed the Tilburg Ghost Tour. We had a nice start at the Wijnbar Cru. Jessica brought cool Halloween headbands and glasses so we began with a spooky start. She also brought candy. Some of us felt childhood memories return as we ate the candy.

The guide wore a historic costume and spoke in Dutch. For those of us who have not mastered Dutch, there were English language recordings of the tour.

The tour was very informative about the history of Tilburg. We learned about injustices, the abuse of power and why Tilburg has fewer historical buildings than many other cities.

The tour led me and others to reflect on serious matters. It was very interesting. So there was a mix of everything during this event.

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#expatlife #ghosttour #halloween #tilburginternationalclub

#TBT: Trappist Brewery Tour Review

Trappist Brewery TourThis coming Saturday, we will be heading back to Koningshoeven monastery to visit the Trappist Brewery, famous for La Trappe beer.  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at our tour from 2013!

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17 October 2013. by Patricia Gonzalez. “The most beautiful sound in the world is silence. When it is quiet you can listen to yourself and others. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Silence starts with attention and what you give attention grows. Silence is the white between the written lines. Things become more intense in silence. Taste the silence.” (more…)

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