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Oct 14th, 2017, 09:50 PM
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Thanks Pariswat and PalenQ.
Beer is no problem - always a welcome and relaxing drink.

Pariswat would you be able to recommend some good supermarkets names from where we can get Trappist beer? In restaurants do we ask for it or do we need to know the names of the 7 Trappist beers? Do the supermarkets also sell picnic food on the go like in Germany where you buy bread and burger patty or sausage and they warm for you and you are set for your meal. Lovely!
What is the weather likely to be around April end /beginning May?

Any restaurant recommendations for good carbonade flamande or any other meat dish? Do not want to go to the touristy places? We enjoy eating pork and also good size steaks as we do not get it in our country. Any recommendations on where to go?

Is Hans Sur Lesse a name of a town? Also, Bruges has two stations - which is closer to the town center for which we need to buy tickets?
We will be leaving for Germany later so which is the station that we need to catch the train from? Do all trains stop at Brussels Centraal? I assume I can catch the train for Bruges and other day trips from Brussels Centraal station.

Please let the suggestions and recommendations keep coming.

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Oct 15th, 2017, 07:20 AM
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http://www.belgiansmaak.com/belgian-beers/ might just make your choice harder
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Oct 15th, 2017, 09:12 AM
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Hi
Han is a town. With a trainstation.
http://www.grotte-de-han.be/en

Close to Grand-place, you ahve 2 restaurants I like : Vincent (or chez Vincent maybe) : they probably have carbonnades, last I was there I had my usual Waterzooi.
The other one I like is a brasserie : la taverne du passage, in galeries de la reine or du roi.

Trappiste : I take what I find in a supermarket, not the other way round, but I drink less and less beer I'm afraid.

Weather is totally unpredictible. Can be miserable or gorgeous. This week-end was 24C, something nearly unheard of since decades. Splendid...
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Oct 15th, 2017, 01:26 PM
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>We will be leaving for Germany later so which is the station that we need to >catch the train from? Do all trains stop at Brussels Centraal? I assume I can >catch the train for Bruges and other day trips from Brussels Centraal station.


All trains start from Bruxelles-Midi (Brussel-Zuid, Brussels-South). If you are catching the Thalys, trains stop at Liège-Guillemins and Aachen before Cologne. If you are catching the ICE, trains stop at Bruxelles-Nord, Liège-Guillemins and Aachen. Those trains will not stop at Bruxelles-Central, you should go to Midi, which is the main train station for long-distance trains in Brussels. There is plenty at Midi in terms of shops that you can get a snack before boarding the train and maybe something to read. Keep a close eye on your luggage while there. Yes, you can catch trains to Bruges and Ghent from Bruxelles-Central, all those trains go Bruxelles-Nord, Bruxelles-Central, Bruxelles-Midi, then west from there.

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Oct 15th, 2017, 01:43 PM
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>Do the supermarkets also sell picnic food on the go like in Germany where you >buy bread and burger patty or sausage and they warm for you and you are set >for your meal. Lovely!

This is not a thing in my experience; you can get filled French bread in bakeries like Panos (a chain which is everywhere including stations). Also Le Pain Quotidien is a café/ bakery chain that has sandwiches; you can sit down there.

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Oct 16th, 2017, 07:10 AM
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I may have missed it but is there baggage storage at Central and Midi stations still?
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Oct 16th, 2017, 10:25 AM
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At Midi for sure, long time no stop at Central.
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Oct 16th, 2017, 11:27 AM
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At Midi for sure, long time no stop at Central.>

Are you answering my baggage storage question - if so is 'stop' a typo?
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Oct 17th, 2017, 12:03 PM
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I assume it means no baggage storage at Central so from airport if wanting to store bags whilst walking around Brussels go to Midi station first put bags in storage and take constant trains back to Central - again a short walk from the famous sights of central Brussels.
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Oct 17th, 2017, 12:36 PM
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Hi, I think Pariswat means that it has been a long time since trains stopped at Bruxelles-Central on the way to Germany. There are luggage lockers at Central:

http://www.belgianrail.be/en/station...s-central.aspx

but they won't do you much good if you are travelling elsewhere on the day you are going to Germany and just want to dump your luggage somewhere close to the hotel, as you will end up having to go to Midi anyway.

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but they won't do you much good if you are travelling elsewhere on the day you are going to Germany and just want to dump your luggage somewhere close to the hotel, as you will end up having to go to Midi anyway.>

Thanks - talking about landing at Zaventem and looking around town before bopping off by train to Bruges BUT WRONG THREAD for that - thanks for info though and will apply to other thread.
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