In a little over a week, I’ll be going to Paris and Brussels.
The round trip flights on American Airlines were only about $300 per person – and I paid using Citibank Thank You points, so it was a bargain.
We will be taking a train directly from CDG Airport to Brussels, Belgium and will stay there for only two nights before we take a train from Brussels directly to Paris.
This post deals with only Brussels; there will be another post focussed on Paris. I have some basics planned, but could use some help.
First, I learned a few things planning the train travel. Like Amtrak, it is better to purchase sooner rather than later as prices have a tendency to go up and up. A website by the name of The Man in Seat 61 is extremely helpful on European train travel (plus, I think it’s a cool name for a website!). I learned that it is better to book rail travel through the B SNCB website than through Rail Europe (even though I have an affiliate link for Rail Europe). Also, on some trains there is very little price difference between first and second class. Finally, a senior class ticket is available to passengers 60 years of age or older.
Hotel in Brussels: Radisson Blu Royal
I ALWAYS LIKED BRUSSELS
I know that many have mixed emotions about the city, but I always liked Brussels. I visited the city quite a few times when I studied law in Amsterdam. I went there whenever I wanted good food. Once upon a time, I even interviewed for jobs there. But that was a while ago.
We always like the free walking tours from Sandemans New Europe, so we will probably register for a tour. That will cover the main sights, such as Grand Place, Town Hall, the Comic art scene, Stock Exchange and Manneken Pis, to name a few.
If we have time, we may want to visit either the Comic Strip Center Museum or the Museum of Musical Instruments. I will also want to visit a Tin Tin store, as I’ve always liked the character. I’m fairly certain that we won’t have time to visit the Herge Museum.
FOOD, DRINK and (MORE) FUN
Which brings me to the important part: Chocolate, Beer and Mussels, and anything else! What practical suggestions do you have for getting around, what to do and where to go?
So, what restaurants do you recommend? (moules frites, s’il vous plait!).
Bars (I’ve heard the Delirium Cafe mentioned over and over again). I’m sure we’ll check it out.
Any other tips for getting around, and what to do or not do, including transportation (public transportation or Uber?), apps, practical info, etc.
I always like to go for runs when I travel. Are there nice parks or other places where I can run in Brussels?
Your recommendations are always so helpful – so thank you, thank you, thank you!!