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Sep 7, 2015 - Brussels Day 2 and then flights home

We were awake early keen to take some uninterrupted photographs of the Grand Place but alas the clean up from the weekends activities were taking very much longer. But we did get to book our tickets at Brussels Centraal rail station and check whether the lift to Platform 1 was still out of order. Dash, it wasn't.

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Sep 6, 2015 - Brussels

With our last day at the Eeklo conference yesterday we transferred by tram 1 to Sint- Pieters Gent railway station and then the intercity train to Brussels Centraal where we anticipated a 2 minute walk to our accommodation at the Royal Windsor Hotel which was reported to be around the corner from the Grand Place. We booked into the hotel and then while heading for the wonderful spectacle of the Grand Place, we were drawn to the music from a brass band that was part of a procession of large size iconic blow up figures including Superman, a...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. Many consider it the capital of Europe. It is a bilingual city speaking both French and Dutch. Although it is the primary location for the European Union, it still retains a web of medieval streets centering upon the magnificent Grand Place. BRUSSELS MARRIOTT GRAND PLACE The Brussels Marriott Grand Place is perfectly located to explore most of Brussels on foot and is only a few yards away from the Grand Place. Photos 1-4 Jens Herklotz, General Manager; Delphine Keller, Front Office Manager; and Herve...

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Aug 24, 2015 - Our next adventrue

This is our last entry in our travel diary as we are moving on to our next Adventure. We have been given the opportunity to stay in the UK for a year as Marks Grandmother is from the UK. We have all just received our visas and it opens another chapter in our overseas experience. We have some amazing friends Phill and Kerry who have kindly offered up their house in Woolhope Hereford for us to live in for a year while they go on their own OE downunder. We are all so excited about the chance to try something different and also a little bit sad...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Day 4 - London

Woke up to good news today - the tube is open. So now we can about in central London - hopefully less walking today as my back is killing me not to mention the odd blister!! Yes Emz I can hear you from here - maybe I should of done some lunch time walks with you guys in preparation..........I hear ya! Anyway another light breaky as I am really struggling eating first thing in the morning. We decided to explore Greenwich and see what it has to offer. There appears to be quite a bit hear Cutty Sark, Maritime Museum, Royal Naval College, Royal...

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Trip Journal

Our European/UK Trip

Aug 4, 2015 - Beligum retreat

We are now resting up in our Fancy Beligum retreat. Thanks to Aunty Nat and her wonderful friend Paula - we have been given the opportunity to stay here for three weeks while Paula and her family head away for their Summer holidays. We are going to use this time to sort out our next step and hence wont be writing in the diary for awhile. Love to hear what you guys have been up to - drop us an email on angemark@ihug.co.nz.

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Jul 22, 2015 - London to Brussels

The train from London to Brussels was only 3 hours. We walked around the old part of the city, reading the signs in French and Dutch. I stopped at a Jazz bar to use their toilet and the bloke said it was 50c to relieve myself. I was desperate and my expression must have let him know it was urgent because he waived the fee for me. I peed for free! We later ate our salad lunches while taking in the beauty of the Grand Place, which in my opinion, although beautiful, has nothing on Staromestska, Prague's Old Town Square. Later we caught the...

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Jun 29, 2015 - French Fries

50°51'10" N 4°20'4" E Beussels, Belgium We did it. Today we tried the classic Belgian french fries with mayonnaise. Now bear with me--I know it sounds gross--but mayo here is completely different, it's more of an aioli. So it was quite tasty until an hour later when my brain was just kind of thinking "what the hell did you eat?! Why would you do that?! That's so gross!" But it's more of a thought thing than an actual body thing. From there we wandered the city picking up our fruit for the day and stopping by random shops just to have a...

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Jun 28, 2015 - We Walk

50°51'10" N 4°20'5" E Brussels, Belgium We started the morning off with a walk clear across the city to the Park of Brussels, the Parliament Building, the Royal Palace, and what we this was the UN Headquarters. We just kind of wandered around to get there and then eventually back to the city center, all we had to do was head west, and then easy to get back. The park was nice and shady, and the city was practiacally dead early on a Sunday morning. It was nice, we had the place to ourselves, even the Town Hall, which we had to cross to get...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Foreign Languages

50°51'10" N 4°20'4" E Brussels, Belgium Today was our first day in a country where English is not an official language. I think it made me miss people more. We found out hostel around 12:30. "Les Auberges de Jeunesse: Génération Europe." The hostel here is pretty nice, I like it better than last night's at least. Today we went and saw the Grand-Place (town hall), the Mannekenpis (a small statue of a peeing boy built into an outside corner of a building that is an inexplicably big deal, and it's always dressed up), as well at Sait...

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Jun 26, 2015 - Mini Europe

It has finally warmed up as we are expecting 27c here in Brussels. Here is Georgia's Diary for the day Yah I finally got to talk to Hannah for ages. I really miss her. Next we caught the metro to Mini Europe. They had some cool scale models of the Eiffel Tower and the Westiminster abbey and big ben. One of my favourites was the mini battle field where they were playing soccer. Another was an emergency boat that put out a real fire. Next we went up the Atomium. The elevator felt like the Hollywood tower of terror ride because the elevator...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Brussels

Its a little chilly here in Brussels only 13c when we arrived luckily it has got back into 20c - Its hard to know what to eat first here in Brussels. But chocolate seems to the favourite followed closely by Waffles although no one was able to finish it. Here is Tomos diary for the day Today we went to saw this boy peeing. His name was manneken pis. We went to buy some white chocolate. After that I got a waffle and it had strawberry. Then we saw the girl. After that we went home and had popcorn. Love Tomo Ps Aunty Nat gave us a list of all...

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