Things to do during an afternoon in Brussels

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  • Alastair 12 Nov 2004 20:54:45 15,411 posts
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    Hi to those who remember me..

    Am off to Brussels (well, Waterloo) next week on business, but should have Thursday afternoon free for some sightseeing. What do people recommend?

    PS As you might guess, this is mainly aimed at everyone's favourite Eurocrat, currently resident in Canada, but I would value all input......

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • rodney5 12 Nov 2004 21:11:23 462 posts
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    Visit the Atomium and the hill of waterloo...
    Maybe you could see the Manekin Piss too
  • binky Moderator 12 Nov 2004 21:20:59 9,401 posts
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    if u wasnt in brussels u could come visit me and my geeky friends in Newbury :D

    i22 is so far rather winful \o/
  • WoodenSpoon 12 Nov 2004 22:04:13 12,275 posts
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    Hello Alastair!
  • Salaman 13 Nov 2004 02:11:19 18,838 posts
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    Follow ottos advice.
    If you're in Waterloo anyway, you can check that out.
    A trip downtown would be much more worth your time though.
    Start at Grand Place as suggested, then go check out the Sablon area.
    If you go in a roundabout way as otto described, that should keep you busy for an afternoon.

    Stop off in the occasional pub and try a decent beer.
    Duvel
    Kwak
    Westmalle/Triple Karmeliet
    Delirium Tremens

    If you find Westvleteren somewhere (only in specialised pubs) check it out and ask them about it. If they sell it they can prolly tell you what's so special about it.
  • Alastair 13 Nov 2004 09:54:44 15,411 posts
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    otto wrote:
    Shit I wish I was there to show you around mate!

    I recommend this book if you can get your hands on it. He's a top geezer and has some great little tips and walking suggestions. May seem like overkill for one afternoon but I'm sure you'll get plenty of use out of it, you should look on this as a scouting mission to take your missus over there for the weekend one of these days! Anyway, you'll have to come & visit us when we get back there. :)

    Morning!

    Thanks for the tips guys. It's 3 days of training, but I don't have to attend all sessions so will be free Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
    I reckon Brussels on Thursday afternoon evening and then Waterloo on Friday morning.

    It's a shame you're no longer in Brussels Otto. But I have a feeling this will be the first of several trips....

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  • Alastair 13 Nov 2004 09:55:18 15,411 posts
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    WoodenSpoon wrote:
    Hello Alastair!
    Hello WoodenSpoon!

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  • ed 13 Nov 2004 10:24:18 260 posts
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    cherry and bananna fruit beer. SERIOUSLY!


    I loved it while i was there. managed to find a pub in glasgow that has draught raspberry beer too now, it is soo good.
  • Zeitgeist 13 Nov 2004 10:27:07 811 posts
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    Find a gun club, talk to the owner, not sure about now anymore since they did tighten up a few years ago, but if you can still do it, go to a gun club and ask to fire a fully automatic weapon.

    Nothing quite like letting rip with an MP5 or a Thompson Machine Gun with a round barrel to make you laugh like a school girl.

    rat-a-tat-tat and all that.
  • kururin 13 Nov 2004 14:31:42 1,211 posts
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    I've been to the Atomium.. heh.. long long ago. Wasn't too exciting, nope.
  • Salaman 13 Nov 2004 15:16:40 18,838 posts
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    depends on your taste in Lambik and fruiit beers.
    Lambik is sort of sour-ish to start with.

    Mass produced brands like BellVue taste less nice than say, Liefmans or Mort Subite but Cantillon is almost artisanal.
    To the uninitiated taste buds it could be off putting.

    But yes, order a 37,5 cl bottle which will come with a cork.
    better than a small 25cl one with a cap (draught is great of course).

    The Banana beer is a joke .. I'd avoid it but the cherries, raspberries, others are quite yummy if you're into that.
  • Alastair 15 Nov 2004 20:53:50 15,411 posts
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    otto wrote:

    Alastair, see if you can string the courses out over five years, then by the time you're finished we'll be back. ;)

    In any case, are you around over the Christmas period? There is loose talk of a geekmeet on 18 December, but in any case we could do a rehash of our ultra-mini-geekmeet of last year if you like!

    It's bad enough that it's strung out over 3 days.
    Been a slight change of plan actually. Will probably only have a couple of hours on Thursday morning to wander round. But I'm now staying in a hotel that's between the Palace and the Grand Place so should still be able to see some of the bits you mention.

    I'll email you about the Christmas period. Maybe Binky and Nemesis will make it as well. Then again, they might 'forget' like last time.....

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • ghearoid 15 Nov 2004 23:22:09 2,295 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    Hi to those who remember me..

    'ello cheeky!

    g
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,298 posts
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    Do *not* visit the Atomium. It's closed at the moment, and even if it weren't, it's utterly crap.

    If your meeting is in Waterloo then you could take a look at the battleground and the museum next to it, also just walk up Waterloo High Street, it's rather nice. Take in a café, just hang out.

    On the other hand, if you do have time to kill and if you can get into town, then I suggest you head straight for the centre, start in the Grand Place. Get yourself a beer at the Roi d'Espagne in the corner, then take a look at the wonderful Town Hall. After that, walk to the Galeries St. Hubert, then down the Rue des Bouchers and see if you can find a fantastic little pub called Toone - it's not easy to spot as it's down an alleyway, but it's wonderful. It's an old puppet theatre and it does all the great Belgian beers. You could also try the Mort Subite at the other side of the Galeries, but it tends to be very crowded and noisy.

    Avoiding the touristy shite like the Manneken Pis and stuff like that - and above all avoiding the food down the Rue des Bouchers which is purely for Yank tourists - head up the hill towards the Galerie des Beaux Arts and the Olde England department store - a fantastic art nouveau building which now houses the Museum of Musical Instruments. At the Place Royale turn right, past the gallery, and walk down Rue Royale until you get to the Eglise de Notre Dame du Sablon. Look at the Petit Sablon park on the left, then turn right and wander around the Grand Sablon, a beautiful mediaeval square with lots of great pubs, restaurants, and chocolate shops. Afterwards you can walk down the Rue de Rollebeek and head back into the middle of town - alternatively walk up to the Palais de Justice, admire the massive building, and also take in the incredible view over Brussels. You could then walk up the Avenue Louise, the Mayfair of Brussels, maybe grab something to eat.

    Shit I wish I was there to show you around mate!

    I recommend this book if you can get your hands on it. He's a top geezer and has some great little tips and walking suggestions. May seem like overkill for one afternoon but I'm sure you'll get plenty of use out of it, you should look on this as a scouting mission to take your missus over there for the weekend one of these days! Anyway, you'll have to come & visit us when we get back there. :)

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  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,298 posts
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    ed wrote:
    cherry and bananna fruit beer. SERIOUSLY!


    I loved it while i was there. managed to find a pub in glasgow that has draught raspberry beer too now, it is soo good.
    You've got to be careful about the fruit beer you get, though. The mass-produced stuff by Bellevue for example is pretty rank. Try and go for bottles with corks, it should be authentic Lambic beer, flavoured with fruit, so brands like Cantillon are what you should be looking for. The genuine article is truly lovely. Mmmm.

    Alastair, see if you can string the courses out over five years, then by the time you're finished we'll be back. ;)

    In any case, are you around over the Christmas period? There is loose talk of a geekmeet on 18 December, but in any case we could do a rehash of our ultra-mini-geekmeet of last year if you like!

    say no to Eurogamer sigs

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