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Aug 15th, 2001, 09:04 PM
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looking for advise on the best places to visit on a 2 week trip in belgium. We really enjoy the older cobblestone style communities - good pubs and less industrial areas - tahnk you
Aug 16th, 2001, 06:06 AM
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If you'll be traveling by auto, drop me an Email. I can provide you with some driving itineraries that will expose you to a good part of Belgium. When are you planning to travel? Belgium has any number of festivals and special events that are delightful; knowing when you'll be there may give me some ideas that may be of interest to you.
Aug 18th, 2001, 05:42 AM
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Hello, Gary. I won't be the only person saying Brugges, Brugges, Brugges, (I've probably spelled it incorrectly three times). Canals, wonderful old buildings; stay in the old center if you can, so you can take walks early and late. What a delightful place.
Aug 18th, 2001, 11:42 AM
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Jerry, no, you've spelled it correctly--well, one of the spellings.

Gary, if you are at all interested in history, I'd like to suggest you make the short trip south of Brussels to Waterloo. It is really interesting, especially if you know anything at all about Napolean. I'm not what anybody would call a "history buff" but I did enjoy it immensely. Along with Brugges, it is one of my favorite memories of Belgium.
Aug 21st, 2001, 03:13 AM
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I only spent two days in Belgium last year but both were great. Brugges is the best little city I have been in Europe. Don't miss it, and get in one of those boats that floats in the canals. Brussells was really nice also. Many interesting sights and experiences there. Their chocolate is wonderful. I really liked a park that is on the north side of Brussells, I think it is called Brupark. The Atomium and Mini-Europe is there. I really enjoyed Mini-Europe. Since you have two weeks I would simply suggest you go to every city in Belgium that is listed in whatever travel book you have. By the way the Michelin green guide is the best.
Aug 21st, 2001, 05:22 AM
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I would definitely include a trip along the Meuse valley in your plans. I think it's one of the prettiest drives in Europe. Also, Antwerp and Ghent merit a day each at least.
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:34 PM
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Antwerp, Brussels, and Brugges all a must. But the million dollar secert is when in Brussels you must try some "Neuhaus" chocolate. A lady from England overheard me talking to my wife and she informed me of this advice and does that lady know her Chocolate. Better than Godiva? Oh yes, much better. Ron
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:47 PM
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Bruges=French spelling, also used by English speakers
Brugge=Flemish spelling, used by people who live there
Brugges=invented spelling, use by people who confuse the two

A few not-too-big places in the Flemish part of Belgium with at some nice older parts are Mechelen, Lier, and Diest. Not earth-shaking, but not overly touristed, either.
Aug 21st, 2001, 04:49 PM
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Typo in my last post: I mean "used" not "use." That's what I get for correcting other people's spelling.

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