At the end of our April London trip, Steve and I wanted afternoon tea before taking the Eurostar back to Belgium. As I read promising things about the German Gymnasium‘s Germanic take on this quintessential British activity at The Londonist, we booked a table well in advance for Sunday at 2PM.
Darklands, formerly known as Leather & Fetish Pride Belgium, will take place from 4 to 9 March 2020 in Antwerp. The organisation announced the dates.
Thalys, the high speed train company, offers a lounge in a selected number of train stations. Gaining access to one of their lounges is actually fairly easy. I got to check out the lounge at Brussels South/Midi station.
After a weekend in London, Steve I returned to Belgium with the 17.55 Eurostar to Brussels. Tó the United Kingdom we traveled in Eurostar’s e320 (aka Siemens Velaro). On the return journey we got a refurbished e300, aka British Rail Class 373 or TGV TMST.
If you want to travel from Brussels in Belgium to Amsterdam in The Netherlands by train you can choose the Thalys or the Eurostar. But you need to reserve a seat. You don’t on the intercity train called the Benelux.
Next to Antwerp-Central railway station there’s ZOO Antwerpen, Antwerp‘s zoo. It’s a popular attraction for families. Founded on the 21st of July 1843, the Zoo not only exhibits animals, but also contains 19th century and Belle Epoque buildings.
Stoomcentrum Maldegem holds it annual Stoomtreinfestival or Steam Train Festival on 4 and 5 May. Steam trains will run between Maldegem and Eeklo in the province of East Flanders in Belgium.
Night trains, sleeper trains, sleepers. Call them what you want. Danny and I love night trains. So when Vanessa from Nessacityblog offered to lend me ‘Night Trains, The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper‘ by Andrew Martin, I didn’t refuse.
The French ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity has granted Eurostar France SAS a license to operate trains on its rail network.
Wes, famous for his Wafeltjes van ons Bomma (Granny’s Waffles), launched on Saturday 9 March Pannenkoeken van ons Bomma: Granny’s Pancakes. Or more accurately: crêpes. He sells them at the Exotische Markt or Exotic Market in Antwerp on Saturdays.