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Belgium“Nuts!” was U.S. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s answer to the German commander’s demand that he give up the defense of Bastogne in December 1944. His reply brought back the memory of the city’s Foire aux Noix, the more than 100-year-old nut market during which lovers gave each other nuts. This World War II event has been incorporated into the traditional fair, which runs Friday through the weekend.
In addition to the market, Saturday highlights include: a Bastogne Historic Walk of eight, 12, 16 or 23 kilometers; parachuting demonstrations; official commemoration events; and the throwing of nuts from the Town Hall balcony.
On Sunday, highlights include fireworks and a military vehicle parade. See www.bastognehistoricwalk.com/indexenglish.html for more details.
EnglandBecause chocolate is made from cocoa beans and is full of anti-oxidants and nutrients, the organizers of this year’s Chocolate Festival at the Southbank Centre in London say it’s good for you — when it’s not processed with sugar and fat.
But this being the Christmas season, why not indulge in its sweeter versions at the dozens of stalls offering tempting varieties of the candy from the country’s top chocolatiers?
The program also includes chocolate tastings, baking demonstrations, talks and book signings. The festival is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. Admission is free. Get the details at www.festivalchocolate.co.uk.
NetherlandsWho goes to the Millionaire Fair Friday and through the weekend in Amsterdam’s RAI? According to the organizers, it’s the rich and famous, CEOs, entrepreneurs, networkers, bon vivants (“those who enjoy life” — that’s you!) and others who want to check out the top exclusive national and international luxury products and services.
Items range from expensive cars and yachts to high-end fashion, jewelry and watches. Find out where the wealthy take their vacations and where they go to buy real estate. The dress code is smart business attire.
The show is open noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost 35 euros for adults, free for children younger than 4.
To learn more, see www.miljonairfair.nl; there is an English version.