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Sep 17, 2014 - Arriving in Belgium

Immigration was speedy and we arrived at the baggage claim long before our luggage. Anne had purchased train tickets on the internet and we were a bit confused since we did not seem to have a ticket to get from the Airport to the Brussels station. The ticket agent sold us those tickets and we were on our way to Bruges. BUT while the short ride to the Brussels station was comfortable and smooth with few fellow passengers, the train to Bruges was so crowded that we had to stand the entire way (1 hour) and believed if we began to fall, the...

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Our France Adventure

Aug 23, 2014 - Quick trip to Brussels

You may have read in an earlier entry that we had elected to stay in Bruges because the queue for the Belfort was too long and we would not have been able to check out of our hotel in time, so we stayed an extra day. We put off going up the Belfort yesterday as it was too rainy and cloudy to see far. So, we resolved to get up early and be first in line today. Which we were. We got to the Belfort at 8:45am, ready for our 9am start. The surprise for us was that the Belfort doesn't open until 9:30am. However, we weren't going to move and come...

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Jul 9, 2014 - On to Brussels

July 9 After our sad goodbyes to Susann and Dylan in the rain, James dropped us at the Biel Bahnhof on his way to work to catch our 11:49 a.m. train to Brussels for Thursday’s flight home. We had booked first class seating all the way (“if you don’t go first class, your kids will”) and found it very comfortable for our 8-hour trip. Brenda picked up some wine and sandwiches before our departure, which came in very handy, as it turned out. We changed trains in Basel and had to walk through the station to the French frontier where, instead of...

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Jun 25, 2014 - C'est finiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

Bon matin. De Tel Aviv j'ai volé sur Berlin ou j'y ai demeurai pour 1 semaine. Ensuite j'ai volé sur Bruxelles pour mes 3 derniers jours sur ce continent. Eh oui encore une fois c'est fini...ou presque. Demain je vole sur Toronto pour rejoindre amis et famille (partie). Le 1 juillet je serai de retour à Montréal et je dormirai à nouveau dans mon petit lit de bébé. Ce fut un voyage extraordinaire rempli de belles et bonnes rencontres. Dans peu de temps après avoir travaillé (j'espère), il me faudra commencer à planifier le prochain...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Brussels

Actually arrived via London Heathrow. Took a whirlwind taxi ride to train station to Brussels Midi. Eurostars train was great!! Very quiet and actually slept a few hours. Interesting, when we got to France via the Chun new, there was French military with machine guns patroling on the other side. Country side dotted with small villages. Each village has a huge church. Arrived Brussels. Meet Roland at Brussels Midi. GREAT guide. Clean city. DID GET TO SAMPLE Brussels chocolate, very good. Line too long for a Belgium waffle. Guess that means...

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Europe Trip 2014

May 8, 2014 - Brussles airport and flight home

We had until 2:00pm when driver would pick us up. Walked to square where it was market day. Kathy was impressed by cheap prices of plants/flowers. I was wowed by bakery, meat, and chocolate. It began to rain so we took a bus tour for one hour and got to the outskirts where the neighborhoods were quite nice but still old, and there were two windmills on the surrounding canal. In a park there was a large carnival being set up that made a "Smokey's Greater Show" look like Kingfield days parade compared to Macy's Thanksgiving parade! We had a...

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May 6, 2014 - Brussles and back by train

We went to Brussles by train, great timing, to and from, only minutes to wait. Lots of walking there, but got to where we wanted to go. In town from 10:50 - 4:22 . Dinner, beers, gelattos after wine and bread and cheese in room back in Bruges. See pics.

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Apr 22, 2014 - Roubaix to Brussels - last day

Day 20 It rained overnight in Roubaix but by morning the roads were starting to dry out. We set off from Roubaix following a canal track. The surface varied from crushed granite to packed earth to concrete and finally asphalt. The riding was fast and easy and we quickly covered more than 20km without seeing any traffic. In fact we were to follow canals for quite a few sections of this trip. Ian was not feeling well, something he may have eaten, coupled with a headache so he was riding a bit slowly. Lois and Paul decided that they wanted...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Brel...Biere....Belgique...Bruxelles...Brugge..etc...

Belgique! Un premier arrêt à Tielt! 1 nuit seulement. Ne me demander pas pourquoi, Tielt, et pourquoi, qu’une nuit. Bruxelles, déjà vue quelque fois; la dernière remonte en aout passé (2013). Encore cette année : les frites, le chocolat, la bière, les gaufres, les moules, les bd, les gens et moi dans tout ça! De Brel on ait passé à Stromae. Ceux qui connaissent pas aller au lien suivant et vous direz : ‘’ah oui je connais!’’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pKrVB5f2W0 Ici, ce qui me surprend à chaque passage, c’est le mixte de plusieurs...

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Apr 2, 2014 - Arriving in Brussels

Well hello dear readers. After a flight of 24 hours, including a three hour stop in Dubai my plane landed in Amsterdam. I had actually managed about 6 to 7 hours of sleep on the first leg to Dubai and then proceeded to watch a few movies to pass the rest of the flight. These Airbus 380s really are a nice aircraft. I had booked a Hi Speed train from Amsterdam to Brussels but it didn't leave until 4:30 so I had more than two hours to kill. There was only so much walking about the combined airport/train terminal and eventually I just sat and...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Brussels, Belgium

We caught the train to Brussels along with Rob, Betsy and Colin. Rooms at the Ibis Hotel are comfortable and the location is great! This is a wonderful city for beer and chocolate lovers, so both Brian and I are enjoying it. We had some lunch and did a bit of sight seeing. The Grand Place has some beautiful buildings, including the City Hall, The King's House and the Residence of the Dukes of Brabant. The old Stock Exchange building is now used to house temporary exhibits. The Manneken Pis is just what it's name suggests, except it should...

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Aug 16, 2013 - Après la Belgique...je rentre...à la maison

Alors de retour à un monde civilisé et développé (selon nos critères occidentaux), j’ai fait quelques sauts mais surtout en Belgique. Je n’avais aucun plan de prévus depuis Anvers, i.e. depuis le 12 aout. Alors pourquoi pas rester en Belgique, j’hésitais entre Amsterdam et Paris. Un bon compromis. Cologne 1 million d'habitants et son agglomération plus de 2 millions. Elle est la quatrième plus grande ville de l’Allemagne après Berlin, Hambourg et Munich. J’ai adoré! J'avais déjà visité mais les souvenirs étaient très loin en mémoire. Une...

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