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Nov 24, 2019 - European Parliament

Day 16 - Sunday 24th November Bit of road noise late in the night probably boy racers roaring round the roundabout under the Atomium. A dull start to the day but dry so after breakfast it was off to the nearby Metro station at the Heysel stadium for a thirty minute ride into central Brussels. From the nearest Metro station it was a ten minute walk to the European Parliament area. It’s quite a complex area but plenty of free access to various parts. Unfortunately the main building where the members all sit, the Hemicycle, is closed on the...

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Nov 23, 2019 - Brussels - The Atomium

Day 14 - Saturday 23rd November Heading back to Belgium today having experienced the Xmas Market, which is what Viv wanted to see. Managed to get back out of the restricted emissions zone without being ticketed, we hope. The car park beside the Stellplatz was also full of motorhomes so we were definitely pleased with ourselves for having arrived early on Thursday. Filled up with diesel again as the price in Germany worked out about 7p/ltr cheaper than back home. The diesel prices in Belgium have varied between €1.34 & €1.52/ltr which is a...

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Aug 24, 2019 - August 24 Saturday. Brussels

Saturday, August 24 Pam and I rose before the others, so we crossed the street to Exki, a restaurant that serves “healthy” food and uses eco-friendly wooden utensils rather than plastic. We enjoyed our meal at an outside table, then returned to the hotel, only to find that both our roommates were still asleep. When everyone was ready, we set out for the city’s botanical garden, the Botanique/Kruidtuin, which took us down streets that were more “modern city” than the old town. The botanical garden had trails that wended past water features,...

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Belgium 2019

Aug 23, 2019 - Wednesday, August 21 to Thursday, August 22: Canada to Belgium

WE’RE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES UPLOADING MANY PHOTOS (DUE TO SLOW WIFI CONNECTION?) SO THERE AREN’T MANY PHOTOS. WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO CORRECT THE SITUATION. IN THE MEANTIME, YOU CAN SEE PHOTOS ON PAM AND MARILYNN’S FACEBOOK. Wednesday, August 21 to Thursday, August 22 Maureen picked Marilynn, Pam and me up in her van and drove to her sister Darlene’s in Richmond. Darlene acted as chauffeur, dropping us off at the airport and taking the van back to her house. We had four hours before our delayed flight departed, so we spend a...

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Belgium 2019

Aug 23, 2019 - Friday, August 23: Brussels

Friday, August 23. We all slept intermittently through the night, the effect of jet lag. By 9:00 Maureen and I were up and dressed, but we hesitated to wake the others if they were sleeping. I knocked very softly on their door and getting no answer, we went out in search of morning coffee. We wandered down the Rue Des Marche aux Herbes, looking through the shop windows and admiring the building. We ordered a coffee and a tea to go at a small coffee shop, then returned to the hotel. After another two knocking sessions, Pam and Marilynn...

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Belgium 2019

Jun 11, 2018 - Brussels

Day 24. Brussels 11/6/18. Monday. Cloudy but warm. 13-24 degrees Ian just couldn’t get moving today, so it was nearly 10am before we had breakfast. All I needed was cereal on a menu, ordinary mueseli, but no-where to be found. Finally we went to a supermarket - mueseli bars as we know them are non-existent but I did manage to buy a soft ‘breakfast’ bar. Off to.............wait for it..McDonalds, where Ian chose his breakfast and I chose o.j. and coffee. What a hassle, but we’ve got tomorrow sorted. This problem exists because I can’t eat...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Bruges to Brussels

Day 23. Brussels 10/6/18. Sunday. Hot, sunny, cloudy?, hot! 14-26 Breakfast at 9, taxi at 9.45, train at 10.10, Brussels at 12.15. Hmmmm, where’s the hotel. Ian wants to head one way and me the other. Yah! for once I’m right, and a few more paces then.........well spotted Ian. 200m from the station, 150m from Grand Place. The Hotel Agora is Eco Friendly, located in a UNESCO World Heritage district, completely renovated and decorated with respect to original architecture dating back to 1696, has 22 rooms and opened in 2016. This is way...

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Jun 6, 2018 - I am a foreigner

We got up today and discovered that no one serves coffee till 8am. At the approved time we were able to get breakfast and walk over to the tours starting point . By following a man with a sign held high over his head,in a crowd of 100, several blocks we boarded a double decker bus. He told us he only had to give tour information in 2 langueses, English & Spanish. As the day progressed I learned there were people on the bus from no less than 22 countries, who all spoke English with the exception of 5 from Uruguay. .....and we were the...

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Sep 29, 2017 - On to Brussels

Thursday September 28 – Delft and on to Brussels Today is Market Day in Delft. I hauled my main bag down on the way to breakfast. Did I mention there is chocolate for breakfast? This hotel has meusli with chocolate shavings, mini-eclairs, chocolate croissants, and little boxes of both milk and dark chocolate sprinkles for your toast. Fortunately they also had scrambled eggs and crisp bacon, and a really good fresh fruit mixture. There was evidence of some early morning rain, but it had stopped by the time I headed out. The stalls filled the...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Walking for heritage

Just the bedding trim and no a/c was fine for last night. Just one sleep to go now before the best part of the trip: home. Some computer time and a shower before the very light pastries (3) from Elisabeth for brekkie along with one java. Nespresso Machine III was won by the machine as somehow the little container did not fall into place. NM IV was won by me. Off at 0705 for a pretty direct route toward the Stoclet Palace, the site itself actually off limits so just a chance to appreciate the architecture from beyond the gates. It was cool...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Coal country and back to the capital

The a/c unit decided by 0330 to rattle away. Not sure even the bonus airline points for staying here are that worthwhile as I start the day a bit tired. Double checked the two critical walks before/after brekkie re to the Bois du Luc museum and from Brussels Central train station to The Dominican. I think I've got routes down pat. We shall see! The easiest thing about this morning's walk in the rain or drizzle is it duplicates what should have been yesterday's walk to Canal du Centre lock #2. I just keep going, make one deft chance of...

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Sep 30, 2016 - Crossing the big pond

It was a quick turn around, barely finished our burgers and we were on our longest flight, about 7 ½ hours. We may have had a little anxiety, flying Brussels Airlines, into Brussels, Belgium, but everything was smooth sailing, thankfully! They certainly pack you in like sardines, next time it would probably be worth it to pay for the upgrade. For some reason we couldn’t prepick our seats, so we ended up in the middle of four seats. At least we were together! Then dinner came out, to our surprise. Mike hadn’t found any reference to food, so...

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