Brussels Attractions

Old Oct 22nd 2004, 2:35 pm
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Lk
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Two concerns:
1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
I believe it is currently closed for renovation.

2) The giant ballon. How safe is this thing? What if the chain
comes undone :)?

I have about 12 days to spend in Netherlands/Belgium/Luxemburg
before I have to move on. Are there any snags with the Benelux
Pass. I'm traveling with a partner, so 122$ seemed like a good
deal.
For those of you who have explored this region, what would you
consider the most enjoyable sites to visit?
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 8:06 pm
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In the message news:[email protected] om...
"LK" <[email protected]> wrote :

    > Two concerns:
    > 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    > I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
You'll find the answer at the official site, URL:
http://www.atomium.be/HTMLsite/EN/New/New.html

    > 2) The giant ballon. How safe is this thing? What if the chain
    > comes undone :)?

Visit the site of the company responsible: a subsidiary of Aerophile S.A.
http://www.aerophile.com/pages_us/ac...els_com_en.php

    > I have about 12 days to spend in Netherlands/Belgium/Luxemburg
    > before I have to move on. Are there any snags with the Benelux
    > Pass. I'm traveling with a partner, so 122$ seemed like a good
    > deal.
    > For those of you who have explored this region, what would you
    > consider the most enjoyable sites to visit?

As far as Belgium is concerned, the sites you should visit first are:

- Official Site of the Belgian Tourist Office in The Americas
http://www.visitbelgium.com
- the 'Office for the promotion of Tourism Wallonia+Brussels' :
http://www.opt.be/index.htm (click on 'welcome' for English)
- and for the corresponding information on the Dutch-speaking Regions :
http://www.visitflanders.co.uk
and/or :
http://www.toervl.be/

Regards,

- Alan (in Brussels - mind the spamtrap)
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 8:08 pm
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LK a couché sur son écran :
    > Two concerns:
    > 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    > I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
    > 2) The giant ballon. How safe is this thing? What if the chain
    > comes undone :)?
    > I have about 12 days to spend in Netherlands/Belgium/Luxemburg
    > before I have to move on. Are there any snags with the Benelux
    > Pass. I'm traveling with a partner, so 122$ seemed like a good
    > deal.
    > For those of you who have explored this region, what would you
    > consider the most enjoyable sites to visit?

Hello from Brussels,

About the atomium - the bad and the good news!
The atomium will be closed for visitors until January 2006. So forget
inside visits for next summer. The good news is that there was (almost)
nothing interesting to see inside. I am living 400m from it, have
visited most of the exhibitions held there over the last 15 years...
very poor.The outside view is however interesting. The "thing" is a
little bit special, and above all, it is next to one of the most
beautiful parks of Brussels. Walking around the area is really worth
it, going from the Royal residence in Laken through the Atomium square
you also have some nice views on downtown from the park.

The balloon, although it is sponsored by the main competitor of my
employer >:| is a safe and excellent point of view. There is no one
chain, but several cables securing it. If the weather is good, go for
it !

For the pass, I'll leave other foreign visitors with more experience
speak about it. Local residents don't use it that much.

Next to the traditional Brussels, Antwerp, Brugge recommendations that
plenty of others will give you, I'll draw your attention on the
southern part of the country: very lovely cities such as Mons, Namur
and Liège, the latest one close to the Fagnes area, with a wounderful
nature.

Look this guide:
http://www.atraxions.be/UK/Atraxions.asp?Lang=%22UK%22

I would consider also fluvial tourism, where you can stay aboard a
barge travelling through the barge lift in Strepy-Braquegnies. You will
be in one of the most interesting mechanical engineering historical
sites you can figure out: 4 hydraulic lifts were build to replace some
15 traditional "ecluses" (I miss the english word...) and too bad,
their site is only in french...
http://www.canal-du-centre.be/index.html

I'll stop here not too make it to long. Please shoot with more
questions if need be !

Enjoy your stay in Belgium,

Dominique

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Brussels, Capital City of European Community
Trails and Hikes in Haute-Savoie: http://www.samoens.int.ms
Appartment Rental for Hiking and Skiing:
http://dfoucart.tripod.com/samoensquejaime
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 1:06 am
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[email protected] (LK) wrote in message news:<[email protected]. com>...
    > Two concerns:
    > 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    > I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
    >
    > 2) The giant ballon. How safe is this thing? What if the chain
    > comes undone :)?
    >
    > I have about 12 days to spend in Netherlands/Belgium/Luxemburg
    > before I have to move on. Are there any snags with the Benelux
    > Pass. I'm traveling with a partner, so 122$ seemed like a good
    > deal.
    > For those of you who have explored this region, what would you
    > consider the most enjoyable sites to visit?

Amsterdam - 5-6 days - Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are musts, also
the Anne Frank House, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Historical Museum,
canal boat trips, and the Red Light District for interesting people
watching.

Brussels - 3-4 days - Grand Place, Art Nouveau architecture, great
restaurants, great art museum, Cantillon Brewery for traditional
Belgian beers, the African district Matonge

Brugge - 1-2 days - a beautiful town full of remnants of the Middle
Ages

If you want one more destination, add Antwerp.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 1:19 am
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Dominique Foucart <[email protected]> wrote in
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    > Next to the traditional Brussels, Antwerp, Brugge recommendations that
    > plenty of others will give you, I'll draw your attention on the
    > southern part of the country: very lovely cities such as Mons, Namur
    > and Liège, the latest one close to the Fagnes area, with a wounderful
    > nature.
    >
    > Look this guide:
    > http://www.atraxions.be/UK/Atraxions.asp?Lang=%22UK%22
    >
    > I would consider also fluvial tourism, where you can stay aboard a
    > barge travelling through the barge lift in Strepy-Braquegnies. You
will
    > be in one of the most interesting mechanical engineering historical
    > sites you can figure out: 4 hydraulic lifts were build to replace some
    > 15 traditional "ecluses" (I miss the english word...)

the word is lock

and too bad,
I too endorse the visit to the south, the forested area to the east is
quite beautiful. Dinant is quite charming albeit with a sleepy kind of
charm

Nice garden between Namur and Dinant. name escapes me for the moment
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 2:42 am
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"LK" <[email protected]> skrev i meddelandet
news:[email protected] om...
    > Two concerns:
    > 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    > I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
Don't know but you're not missing anything.
Was there a year ago and found the inside of Atomium real boring not worth
the entrance fee, suggest you to go there and have some pictures from
outside of the construction.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 3:01 am
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On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 14:42:35 +0000, Lennart Petersen wrote:

    >
    > "LK" <[email protected]> skrev i meddelandet
    > news:[email protected] om...
    >> Two concerns:
    >> 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    >> I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
    > Don't know but you're not missing anything.
    > Was there a year ago and found the inside of Atomium real boring not worth
    > the entrance fee, suggest you to go there and have some pictures from
    > outside of the construction.

I wouldn't bother either. Tacky symbol of the long gone period when steel
was still the main measure of the wealth of the country.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 3:13 am
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On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 15:01:42 GMT, devil <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 14:42:35 +0000, Lennart Petersen wrote:
    >>
    >> "LK" <[email protected]> skrev i meddelandet
    >> news:[email protected] om...
    >>> Two concerns:
    >>> 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    >>> I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
    >> Don't know but you're not missing anything.
    >> Was there a year ago and found the inside of Atomium real boring not worth
    >> the entrance fee, suggest you to go there and have some pictures from
    >> outside of the construction.
    >I wouldn't bother either. Tacky symbol of the long gone period when steel
    >was still the main measure of the wealth of the country.

It's clad in aluminium. It's a remnant from the 1958 world fair.
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Old Oct 23rd 2004, 4:32 am
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On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 17:13:59 +0200, nitram wrote:

    > On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 15:01:42 GMT, devil <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 14:42:35 +0000, Lennart Petersen wrote:
    >>>
    >>> "LK" <[email protected]> skrev i meddelandet
    >>> news:[email protected] om...
    >>>> Two concerns:
    >>>> 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    >>>> I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
    >>> Don't know but you're not missing anything.
    >>> Was there a year ago and found the inside of Atomium real boring not worth
    >>> the entrance fee, suggest you to go there and have some pictures from
    >>> outside of the construction.
    >>I wouldn't bother either. Tacky symbol of the long gone period when steel
    >>was still the main measure of the wealth of the country.
    >
    > It's clad in aluminium. It's a remnant from the 1958 world fair.

Sure. But it was then meant as representing the crystalline structure of
iron or something like that.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 4:42 am
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On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 16:32:19 GMT, devil <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 17:13:59 +0200, nitram wrote:
    >> On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 15:01:42 GMT, devil <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 14:42:35 +0000, Lennart Petersen wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> "LK" <[email protected]> skrev i meddelandet
    >>>> news:[email protected] om...
    >>>>> Two concerns:
    >>>>> 1) Will the atomium be open next Spring? I couldn't find an answer.
    >>>>> I believe it is currently closed for renovation.
    >>>> Don't know but you're not missing anything.
    >>>> Was there a year ago and found the inside of Atomium real boring not worth
    >>>> the entrance fee, suggest you to go there and have some pictures from
    >>>> outside of the construction.
    >>>I wouldn't bother either. Tacky symbol of the long gone period when steel
    >>>was still the main measure of the wealth of the country.
    >>
    >> It's clad in aluminium. It's a remnant from the 1958 world fair.
    >Sure. But it was then meant as representing the crystalline structure of
    >iron or something like that.

I wasn't arguing with you. I'd give it a miss too. I have every time
I've been to Brussels. :-)
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Martin
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 8:37 am
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jcoulter avait écrit le 23/10/2004 :

    > Nice garden between Namur and Dinant. name escapes me for the moment

les jardins d'annevoie
http://www.jardins.dannevoie.be/

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Brussels, Capital City of European Community
Trails and Hikes in Haute-Savoie: http://www.samoens.int.ms
Appartment Rental for Hiking and Skiing:
http://dfoucart.tripod.com/samoensquejaime
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 9:20 am
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Dominique Foucart <[email protected]> wrote in
news:[email protected]:

    > jcoulter avait écrit le 23/10/2004 :
    >
    >> Nice garden between Namur and Dinant. name escapes me for the moment
    >
    > les jardins d'annevoie
    > http://www.jardins.dannevoie.be/
    >

Merci, Dominique.
 
Old Oct 24th 2004, 4:50 am
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non-smoking restaurants in Bruxelles
http://www.smokefreeworld.com/belgium.shtml
 
Old Oct 24th 2004, 10:59 am
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Good restaurant website : www.resto.be
Also, dom't forget to have a glass of Duvel (or two)!
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