Hilton The Hague

The Hilton The Hague is located inside the former PTT main office dating of the 1950´s, located on the corner of Zeestraat and Scheveningseveer/Mauritskade right next to the Panorama Mesdag (A museum housing a 360 degree view of the seaside and dunes at Scheveningen in 1881). This location is close to the Peace Palace and the embassies of the different countries in The Hague as well as the city centre with the Paleis Noordeinde (Dutch Royal Palace), the Binnenhof (It houses the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.) and the Gevangenpoort.
It’s also an ideal destination to travel to via the new Benelux train, which offers 4 direct trains a day between Brussels and The Hague.

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Flying Brussels Airlines to New York

My friend Ivan always dreamed of visiting New York, so when he became 30 we decided to go to New York as a way to celebrate. To fly over there we stumbled on some very reasonably priced Economy class tickets on the direct flights operated by Brussels Airlines and as we are both quite tall guys we opted to splash out on the “upgrade” to Economy Privilege. Economy privilege is the Brussels Airlines equivalent of an Economy Plus product and encompasses a normal Economy seat with slightly more legroom and recline and an improved meal service, but is nowhere near the product offerings of Premium Economy on other airlines.

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Flying SAS transatlantic

After seeing some travel vlogs about travelling across the USA with Amtrak Timothy and me decided to try it out for ourselves in 2016. As we would be flying to Chicago to start our trip and flying back from Los Angeles at the end we had to look at some more expensive ‘open-jaw’ (meaning flying to one place, returning from another on the same ticket) flight options. The cheapest and most interesting offer came from SAS, the Scandinavian flag carrier. As SAS markets their economy class as ‘low-cost’, even on long-haul, we were curious how our experience would be like.

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Ticket Distribution: the failure of railways to sell themselves

Earlier this week I went to the international ticket office in Antwerp Central station to make some reservations for my trains for my upcoming trip to Poland. When I got to the front of the queue the man working the desk informed me the since the beginning of March they were only able to issue tickets and reservations for neighbouring countriesthe Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg and France, and no more destinations beyond. The very helpful man did try whether maybe he could still issue the reservations required, but unfortunately the computer said no. This was quite a contrast to when Timothy went to Poland in autumn and was able to make his reservations for trains in Poland at the international ticket office here in Belgium without any issues.

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