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About Daisy

Green, green grass of home

Twenty years ago Daisy decided to follow the career path of her husband and together with their two sons they left the familiar Flemish soil. The “Green, green grass of home” became that of Thames Valley England. Having given up a busy entrepreneurial career in banking and insurance in the homeland, she decided to enroll  in American History studies in Oxford. That decision emerged to be a visionary one because 4 years later the family crossed an even bigger ocean, “Sailing to Philadelphia”.

Philly, Here we come

It was the icing on the academic cake because Philadelphia rocked the cradle of the American Republic and is one of the most historic cities in the country. The City of Brotherly Love founded by the Quaker and often forgotten Founding Father William Penn, was the first operating Capitol of the US, is the first and only World Heritage city in the US with Independence Hall, is home to the oldest Opera building in the US, oldest public library and of course, the iconic Liberty Bell. 

Integration after immigration

The Van den Hooff-Mertens family settled close to the city in the green Penn Valley. The two kids, enrolling in the public school system, became strongly woven into the fabric of their local community,   the American way of life and inevitably, like so many of the six million people living in the Greater Philadelphia region, learned to identify with the sports teams that define their beloved city.


Streets of Philadelphia

Representative for the Flemish in the World Organization in Pennsylvania, board member with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Associate Member of the oldest Consular Corps in the country, Daisy is well poised to tell you all about what Philadelphia has to offer.

Be it historically, culturally and even culinary, Daisy knows all of the must see spots that will leave you walking away feeling like a true Philadelphian.

Brimming with enthusiasm, passion and a whole lot of love for her city she is looking forward to taking you through the “Streets of Philadelphia”.


Maak Kennis Met Daisy

Sailing to Philadelphia

Twintig jaar geleden volgde Daisy het carrièrepad van haar echtgenoot en samen met hun twee zonen verlieten ze de vertrouwde Vlaamse bodem. De “Green, green grass of home” werd geruild voor dat van Thames Valley, Engeland. Bekommerd om niet in het spreekwoordelijke zwarte gat te vallen na het opgeven van een zelfstandig ondernemersbestaan als bankier en verzekeraar begon ze meteen te studeren in Oxford. Amerikaanse geschiedenis bleek een keuze met een blik op de toekomst te zijn want vier jaar later stak het gezin beroepshalve een nog grotere plas over, “Sailing to Philadelphia”.

Leven, vrijheid en het streven naar geluk.

Het was meteen de kers op de studietaart, want in deze stad stond immers de wieg van de Amerikaanse Republiek. The City of Brotherly Love,  gesticht door de Quaker en soms wel vergeten “Founding Father” William Penn,  was de eerste functionerende hoofdstad van de VS, is de eerste en met haar Independence Hall de enige Werelderfgoedstad in de VS.  Verder staan hier het oudste operagebouw, de eerste openbare bibiliotheek en natuurlijk de iconische  Liberty Bell.

Stad van Broeder liefde

Het gezin Van den Hooff-Mertens streek neer in de groene Penn Valley en weefde zich, met beide zonen in de plaatselijke  school, een stevige band met hun Amerikaanse buurt, vrienden en - niet te onderschatten - de sportploegen van hun stad die de greater Philadelphia region met zijn 6 miljoen inwoners definiëren. 


Reis door de Tijd

Als vertegenwoordiger voor Vlamingen in de Wereld, bestuurslid bij the Chamber Orchestra van Philadelphia en geassocieerd lid van het oudste Amerikaans Consulair Corps kent Daisy de stad als geen andere Belg. 

Ze neemt je graag vol enthousiasme, kennis, passie en vooral heel veel liefde voor mee door haar “Streets of Philadelphia”.


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