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I was sitting here thinking about what to call the day that we have just had and sometimes you can't neatly sum things up! It was a long day, a hectic day and a lot of walking, but we managed to see a lot of the downtown sights in Brussels. Not a bad start for my first proper European railway journey.
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... from the Brussels train station, (very handy, and quite comfortable, but the smell of cigarettes were everywhere) and then headed off in the general direction of the city centre in search of a meal and drinks. We found a quaint little pub that did meals and had two lovely bowls of leak soup and a glass of red wine and a pint. At around 1.30am in the morning Miss Alana arrived after her 2 hr flight from Santander, Spain where she'd been visiting her previous au pair ...
... and indeed a lot of restaurants.
Worried that Bruxelles might be a sleepy city, closing early on Sundays, we were soon to be assured it wasn't so. A stone's throw* away from the national monument of Belgium lies Delirium village, a bar complex of some six to eight bars and clubs under the Delirium flag of the pink elephant, all sporting slightly different themes: Vodka and beer, tequila and beer, absinthe and beer and so forth and so on. But mostly ...
... looking for some food and internet.
Maccas has internet and along the way we find a cool english bookshop (most stores are actually closed cause it is sunday) get myself 'Catching Fire' and 3 city guides and a french phrase book. Spend a couple of hours catching up the blogs, emails, banking or whatever is needed. Go back to the hostel before thinking about what to have for dinner. We have some time and daylight to go exploring up the street to this huge church we ...
... where 80% of the tomb stones read 'A soilder of the Great War - Known unto God', and also a War Cemetery in Passchendaele; We drove through the Polygon Wood with its cemetries and memorials; this was a place that saw a lot of action in WW1 where there was brutal close-quater fighting during all the Battles of Ypers. The final stop on the tour was a visit toa battle dressing station where the famous Canadian Doctor John McCrae worked duirng the war and where he ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed