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  • Vroom 24 Jan 2009 10:42:05 4,644 posts
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    Old Trafford ;)

    Vroom

  • BravoGolf Moderator 26 Jan 2009 21:36:12 12,753 posts
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    Wow, what a weekend. Finally back at home now, hungry and tired. I love Brussels.
  • Red-Moose 26 Jan 2009 22:28:40 5,345 posts
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    Glad you liked it. I despise the place as noone can drive in a straight line; almost got crashed into 3 times in 15 minutes once. If I hadn#t paid for a hotel already, I would have kept on going.
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  • Deleted user 18 July 2011 21:44:41
    As an ignorant Brit who got an E in French GCSE, can I manage around Brussels for a week by only speaking English in shops/bars/hotels/restaurants?
  • otto Moderator 18 Jul 2011 22:14:54 49,335 posts
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    Yes, sadly.

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    :D

    Thanks otto. I shall only infect the country for a few days.
  • otto Moderator 18 Jul 2011 23:35:31 49,335 posts
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    Your hard currency "pounds" will be most welcome!

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  • Salaman 19 Jul 2011 00:38:16 19,626 posts
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    Of course you can.
  • Salaman 19 Jul 2011 00:38:52 19,626 posts
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    Wait what's this? Has the Brussels geekmeet date been set and you're comnig?

    /feels uninvited
  • ricky_uk 12 Aug 2011 22:52:48 212 posts
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    Hey guys I'm going to Brussels on the 26th of sep for 3 nights with the girlfriend and I am wondering any good located but reasonable priced hotels? Plus things to do in Brussels seeing as sone of you live/work there!
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    I just got back from Brussels this afternoon. The progress hotel is perfectly nice and in a good location.
  • Razz 15 May 2012 20:53:15 61,663 posts
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    I'm going to Brussels for a few days, I'm a bit of a foodie. I've been recommended to eat at Resto Henri (http://www.restohenri.be) and drink at a place called Moeder Lambic, has anyone heard of these places? Also I'm looking for decent places to eat authentic Belgium cuisine and sample local beers. Obviously I'll need to do the Mussels in Brussels thing too.

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  • Deleted user 15 May 2012 21:15:28
    Not sure about specific restaurants as most places are pretty good, and as I live here I don't eat out a massive amount (not when in Bru anyway). Beer wise, try the trappist ones: Orval, Chimay, Westvleteren (hard to get hold of), Rochefort, Westmalle and Achel. I'd also add Triple Karmeleit, Grimbergen and Duvel to the list, plus a Kriek - Morte Subite preferably. (The Lambic bar will sell those). You can get these beers in most bars. Caution though - they're usually between 9-11%. Have to remember that when you're drinking one of these you're essentially supping half a pint of wine! It's caught me out a few times. :) There are also 'Abbey' beers to consider too. There are hundreds more though. Delerium sells around 2000 I think. Standard beers are Jupiler, Maes and Primus.

    If you get a chance go to Ghent and Bruges as well. They're an hour or less on the (same) train, from Brussels Central or Midi to Knokke.

    Edited by Greggywocky... at 21:18:30 15-05-2012
  • Razz 15 May 2012 21:34:36 61,663 posts
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    Thanks for the awesome list!!! Can't wait to try them! :)
    We're spending a day in each city! :) Got an itinerary planned for Bruges and Brussels but not Ghent yet, not sure what's to see there yet.

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  • mal 15 May 2012 22:47:23 22,843 posts
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    Duval, Orval and Chimay are pretty easy to get hold of in London already, but are definitely worth trying (especially Orval, which I love). Lambic beers, on the other hand, can piss off from my palate. Meh.

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  • SYS64738 15 May 2012 22:49:07 1,718 posts
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    Bruges>Brussels

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  • Razz 16 May 2012 10:21:05 61,663 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Duval, Orval and Chimay are pretty easy to get hold of in London already, but are definitely worth trying (especially Orval, which I love). Lambic beers, on the other hand, can piss off from my palate. Meh.
    Heh, I didn't know you liked Orval. It's my favorite beer.

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  • Razz 16 May 2012 10:24:18 61,663 posts
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    SYS64738 wrote:
    Bruges>Brussels
    Could you reccommend some touristy things to do in Bruges. So far we've only got "Canal Tour, leaning cathedral tower thing" down on the Itinerary. Is there anything else major we should do?

    For instance which city is best for chocolatiers? Bruges or Belguim, we were hoping to find perhaps a district/market with plently to see in one area. Is there such a place?

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  • Alastair 16 May 2012 10:59:39 16,408 posts
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    In Brussels you might consider doing the Comic Strip walk - there are loads of murals around the city featuring characters like Tintin, Lucky Luke, Asterix etc.

    For eating, seek out Restaurant Vincent - it's great. The Mort-Subite cafe is also nice, although not actually that brilliant for dinner. And T'Kelderke which is in a cellar on the SE side of the Grand Place was nice when I had moule frites there.
  • Alastair 16 May 2012 11:00:13 16,408 posts
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    Bruges has a Frite museum.
  • Salaman 16 May 2012 11:10:39 19,626 posts
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    For seafood you need to get yourself to Sint-Katelijne

    I've personally only eaten at "Bij den Boer" and I took steak as I don't like mussles and seafood much. But everyone else thought it was lovely. :-)

    The comic walk to go spot murals is a good shout. There's a big flea market in the weekends at the Vossenplein. Not sure if it's Saturday or Sunday or both.

    The Sablon area is alright. The Atomium is worth a visit although it's a bit away from the centre.

    Get yourself to Ghent and I'll show you around there though.
  • Armoured_Bear 16 May 2012 11:15:03 11,936 posts
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    Ghent is a great place, too many people miss it and go to Bruges which is a shame as it has a lot of the beauty of Bruges without the tourist crowds and atmosphere and has loads of great pubs and restaurants.
    Antwerp is also a cool place.

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  • Fake_Blood 16 May 2012 11:35:06 4,464 posts
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    Living in Brussels I'd say avoid it (I'm moving next year). Gent, Bruges and Antwerp are great places to visit. If you do end up in Brussels, stick to the city centre and EU-district, places like molenbeek schaerbeek and anderlecht are to avoid.
  • Razz 12 Jun 2012 15:49:26 61,663 posts
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    I'm just figuring out the last details of my trip on Friday, how to get to the hotel from the eurostar station in Brussels. I'm staying at the Thon Hotel EU. It seems our local metro statino is called "LOL Kunst wet" xD

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  • Deleted user 12 June 2012 19:11:37
    From the station get the metro heading for Simonis/Elisabeth - line 2. It's 6 stops to Loi/Kunst. Will cost you 2e. If you think you'll be using metro/trams a bit, you can get a 10 trip card for 13e.

    The 'event' this weekend is the reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo (10km south of Brussels), but forget that really, you should get to Gent and Brugge and have a walk round. In Gent, the old town is around a 20 min walk from the station, so head towards Korenmarkt/Castle Gravenstein, or you can just jump on a tram. On Korenmarkt go over the bridge past the McDonalds to get to the quayside, which is the best part of Gent. The big castle (Gravenstein) is just behind that. Also - worth having a look round the Cathederal, it's pretty impressive.

    I also like Mechelen, 20 mins North of Brussels on the train, but I guess you won't have time for that. If you do though, do the skywalk at the top of the Cathederal. Great view. On a good day you can see Brussels to the south and Antwerp to the north.

    Edited by Greggywocky... at 19:40:55 12-06-2012
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