Blogs from Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium, Europe - page 2


Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels July 18th 2018

I. LOVE. BRUSSELS. It’s pretty much just Paris but specifically for young people. The copious amounts of Belgian beer and chocolate is balanced by the numerous organic restaurants and the people are so friendly!! We left our horrendous Airbnb in Montmartre (not sure if I mentioned all the issues with it, it’s too late now but it was not a great stay) at 6:50am, and walked all the way to Gare du Nord. Once there we had an hour before the train arrived (we left early to avoid problems that we seem to keep having with trains!), so we decided to actually have breakfast. We got pain au chocolats (our last one for a long time) and I also grabbed a peach smoothie. The train was only an hour and a half long, and after attempting ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels June 8th 2018

After a great night's sleep in our cool, comfortable room, Alex and I got up at 0900 and went to breakfast at hotel's Cafe OO! (The exclamation point is part of the name.) We had eggs, bacon, pastries and fruit, but the real star of the show were real Belgian waffles served from the old VW van parked in the dining room! They were really great, and Bloom! certainly knows how to make breakfast fun! After breakfast, we came back to the room to relax a bit before starting our day. We ended up falling asleep til almost noon. Part of it was the cloudy, rainy morning, but the fatigue of travel and constantly going is really starting to hit us. The rain stopped although it stayed cloudy, muggy, and a little too warm. A 20 ... read more
Thank heavens for coffee
Waffle van
War memorial

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels June 7th 2018

Today was relatively quiet compared to the past few days. Alex and I slept in til 1000, packed, and made our way from Amsterdam to Brussels. We continued to expertly navigate the train system, going from Sloterdijk to Schippol Airport to Brussels Midi without a hitch. The trip gave us a great view of the countryside - lush trees, farms, cattle, sheep, and the occasional windmill flying by as we sped south. The major train stations in Europe are like shopping centers, with tons of stores and restaurants along with hundreds or thousands of travelers. We stopped at Midi for a salad and just watched people coming and going. The Belgian military had a strong presence - soldiers in full gear armed with automatic weapons monitored the entrance, and there were several military vehicles parked in ... read more
Waiting for the train
Waiting at Schippol
Brussels Midi

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region May 1st 2018

This is the year of Phil's 80th and Martha's 70th birthdays, so instead of our usual camping trips we decided to do something really special. We booked onto the "Classic European River Cruise" with the company Gate 1 Travel, taking 2 weeks to travel from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, the Main and the Danube Rivers and then we planned to wend our way back on land through Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. We hope you can travel with us on this great birthday adventure! A top priority was to visit our Belgian daughter-in-law Tine's family in Leuven. We had a wonderful 5 days with her parents Paula and Harry and our stay included special times with Tine's brother, sister, brother-in-law and little Sebastian, a tour of Leuven town and a tour of the ... read more
Martha Mollison
Leuven Town Hall
Church in Leuven

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region May 1st 2018

Paula and Harry took us for a tour around Brussels. Paula had made up an itinerary which allowed us to walk to a good variety of sites without collapsing, and she built in a stop at the quint historic pub connected to the TOON marionette theatre where she introduced us to the local red beer. Later we walked across to the other side of the river to have dinner at a restaurant in a Project sponsored by the government. Their son-in-law Simon had initiated and developed a huge garden in the unused space between two long buildings, and Harry had helped get things going by reassembling a secondhand greenhouse for it. The garden now supplies fresh vegetables to both the restaurant and the Food Hub shop within the Project.... read more
Giant clock with emerging statues
The English building
The King's Palace

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region December 22nd 2017

Poor Brussels. I'd never had much interest in it as a destination in its own right, just in using it to get to Bruges. But I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this city. Brussels was much bigger and more metropolitan than I had realised. Arriving at Charleroi Airport I travelled through the south of the city to get to the centre. The bus drove through many deprived areas and areas heavily influenced by immigration. The South train station was insanely huge and illogically laid out and I got hopelessly lost. It wasn't quite the shiny veneer I'd envisaged for the home of the EU, or the easy-peasy destination for my first solo trip that I'd thought it would be. Once I eventually found my hotel near Grand Place, I set out to see this most ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels November 1st 2017

AR London @ 2:08 pm LV London @ 5:50 pm (Brussels Airlines) AR Brussels @ 8:00 pm... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels August 28th 2017

Tag 341 – Im Bus nach Amsterdam Gegen halb sieben kamen wir nach London, und ich blinzelte immer wieder, um ein bisschen was von der Stadt zu sehen. Überall die hübschen alten weißgeputzten Hausfassaden entlang der Straße! Ja, das war England. Kurz nach sieben (anstatt von 8.15 Uhr) erreichten wir die Victoria Coach Station. Hier musste man erst mal die Straße überqueren, um von dem Arrival-Part in den Departure-Part zu gelangen. Auf der Anzeigetafel sah ich unter Amsterdam „8am“ und „Check-In“. Ob das ein anderer Bus war, oder die den Check-In hier noch früher machten? Naja, ich stellte mich zu den anderen vor das entsprechende Gate. Da sah ich, dass man irgendwie zum Check-in für Amsterdam zu einem anderen Gate musste. Wieso das denn jetzt? Ich erfuhr, dass man wohl sein ausgedrucktes E-Ticket gegen ein richtiges ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region June 27th 2017

Hello, this photograf was take in Brussel Belgium , exactly in front of bulding Brusell Ayuntamiento it was build in the siglos XIV and XV, (1402 to 1455), my experiencie in Belgium was terrific, that place is wonderfull.... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels June 12th 2017

Gus woke up and moaned about having a headache. We can only put it down to dehydration caused by the long flight and will refute any allegation that it was due to the 8 pints of local beer we guzzled after flying for 22 hours. We walked up the street and bought some ham at the butchers and a French stick for breakfast. The bread in Europe seems so much tastier than that in Melbourne. After breakfast we a walked in to the city centre for a bit of sight seeing. places of interest included: Place de Saint Catherine, built over the foundations of a 14th century church and consecrated in 1874. Grand Place. Magnificent square surrounded by old buildings. A UNESCO World Heritage area and for good reason. Obviously a hub for tourism. Gus and ... read more
Grand Place in Brussels
Grand Place in Brussels (2)
Grand Place

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