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48 Hours In Brussels: 5 Budget-Friendly Things Not To Miss

48 Hours In Brussels: 5 Budget-Friendly Things Not To Miss Jul 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Anna Brones Beyond beer and the European Parliament I wasn't sure what Brussels had to offer. Oh wait, waffles, there had to be waffles. Brussels often gets a bad rap. Maybe it's because one of the iconic tourist symbols is a statue of a peeing boy, or maybe it's because in having the headquarters of several major IGOs, it has a very business feel, but either way, if you choose to skip...

Eurostar Revamps Services In A Bid To Lure Fliers

Eurostar Revamps Services In A Bid To Lure Fliers Apr 16th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Long-distance train travel is making a comeback with Eurostar announcing plans to expand its services. The high-speed train, which primarily serves London, Brussels and Paris, has its sights set on new destinations across the European continent. Eurostar says its entire system is undergoing an overhaul – from the booking process, to the routes, to the trains themselves. The company's...

Top ten things to do in Brussels, Belgium

Top ten things to do in Brussels, Belgium Mar 6th, 2012 at 11:00AM: A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with some fellow travel writers and the conversation turned to Brussels. The general consensus seemed to be that Belgium's capital isn't worth visiting. I disagree. While it can't compete with London or Paris, it has its own charm and can easily fill up three or four days of a European tour. The mixture of Flemish and Walloon culture makes for a distinct...

Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows in Europe

Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows in Europe Feb 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Europe's Airport Carbon Accreditation program is now boasting fifty-five major European airports as members and making a significant dent in carbon emissions. The voluntary program has a four-level rating system that assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutral operations for all emissions over which the airport has control....

Video of the Day: Brussels to Bruges in two minutes

Jan 9th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Road trips seem to be a very American activity. Driving cross-country, family vacations to national parks and the like. However, road trips are popular around the world. Caravanning (what we would call RVing) is quite popular in the UK. Also, because European countries are so much smaller than the United States, driving within a country or to neighboring nations is pretty simple. This video...

Gladiator died because of ref's error, says archaeologist

Gladiator died because of ref's error, says archaeologist Jun 19th, 2011 at 12:00PM: A gladiator who fought 1,800 years ago may have died because of a bad call from a ref. Archaeologists have long puzzled over a line in the epitaph of Diodorus the gladiator's gravestone. It reads, "After breaking my opponent Demetrius I did not kill him immediately. Fate and the cunning treachery of the summa rudis killed me." The summa rudis was a referee who oversaw gladiator games. Unlike...

Tour Belgium breweries by bike

Tour Belgium breweries by bike Apr 25th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Cycling tours continue to grow in popularity as active travelers discover the joys of exploring a destination in a slower, yet very immersive fashion. Riders have the opportunity to take in more scenery, commune with nature, and interact more directly with locals, as they pedal their way through a variety of countries all over the world. But a company called ExperiencePlus! is putting their own...

Top ten overrated international travel destinations

Top ten overrated international travel destinations Nov 2nd, 2010 at 11:30AM: Laurel brought us the US's top ten overrated travel destinations, and we thought it was time to go global. Here are ten international sites, in no particular order, that just aren't worth a two-hour wait in line, fighting the crowds, or covering long distances to get there: 1. Eiffel Tower, Paris Seriously, your photos of Paris are going to look much better with the Eiffel Tower in them. If...

VIDEO: Inside new German high-speed train

Oct 19th, 2010 at 1:30PM: In 2013, Europe could become even easier to navigate, with a new high-speed train connecting Germany with other major cities in Western Europe. The new Deutsche Bahn train would travel at 200 miles per hour from London through the Euro Tunnel, arriving in Amsterdam in four hours (currently only reachable with a connection) and Frankfurt in five hours (down from seven hours on DB). Additional...

Aloft Hotels expands global presence in 2010

Aloft Hotels expands global presence in 2010 Mar 16th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Aloft Hotels, the newest brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, announced it would expand its overseas presence in 2010. The hotel plans to open 10 new properties in 2010, half of them internationally. Aloft is planning to open three new hotels in India and one in Brussels, in addition to adding hotels throughout the U.S., including two New York City properties – one in...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

Five great tank museums

Five great tank museums  Jan 12th, 2010 at 12:00PM: OK, I'll admit it, inside I'm still twelve years old. I love big lumbering metal monsters that crash through brick walls and blast away with cannons and machine guns. Tanks rock. So with no further justification, here are five of the best tank museums in the world. The Tank Museum, Bovington, United Kingdom The British invented the tank in an attempt to break the deadlock of trench warfare during...

Photo of the day 1.11.10

Photo of the day 1.11.10 Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:00PM: Sometimes what makes a photo isn't the subject or the composition, but the treatment of the image -- the processing -- after the photographer captures the images. And this lovely vintage treatment of the Hotel de Ville in Brussels by photographer Malou Arevalo is a great example -- the result is a completely timeless shot. Beautiful work. If you've got some great travel shots you'd love to...

Worst travel mistakes of the 2000's: Diplomatic Dipsticks

Worst travel mistakes of the 2000's: Diplomatic Dipsticks Dec 29th, 2009 at 11:30AM: As we take time to count our travel sins of the past decade, I get all teary-eyed and indecisive. Where to begin? Couldn't we just say "Iraq" and be done with it? And are we including food mistakes? 'Cuz I got some real doozies: how about shrimp ceviche from a quaint Mexican beach cafe or fresh cut watermelon in India? Uh, those would be travel mistakes, no? But like, since we're trying to...

Eurostar to suspend Channel train service indefinitely

Eurostar to suspend Channel train service indefinitely Dec 21st, 2009 at 2:00PM: Most people think "airlines" when the topic turns to the misery of holiday travel. Well, the trains are getting in on the action now. European railway Eurostar's Channel Tunnel train, which connects England and France, is being shut down indefinitely. It's a natural side-effect of having more than 2,000 passengers trapped inside the tunnel for several hours because of technical glitches. ...

Thousands trapped in Channel Tunnel

Thousands trapped in Channel Tunnel Dec 19th, 2009 at 8:30AM: More than two thousand passengers were trapped in the Channel Tunnel last night when unusually cold weather in northern France made four Eurostar trains break down at the same time. Four trains coming from Brussels and Paris entered the tunnel between France and England and promptly broke down because of the temperature change between the cold air in France and the warm air inside the tunnel....

Pilot dies midflight, plane lands safely

Pilot dies midflight, plane lands safely Jun 18th, 2009 at 4:30PM: The unfortunate death of a Continental Airlines pilot today is nevertheless calming fears of many a flying-phobe: even with one pilot down, a plane can safely land. During the flight from Brussels to Newark, the 60-year-old pilot allegedly died of "natural causes" (the first doctor to respond in the air reports that it was likely a heart attack). Passengers weren't told of the death, and fight...

Hergé Museum opens its doors just outside Brussels

Hergé Museum opens its doors just outside Brussels May 26th, 2009 at 4:00PM: To celebrate the year of the comic strip, Brussels is doing more than just host the 2009 comic book celebrations. Just outside the city is the town of Louvain-la-Neuve, which recently became the home of the Hergé Museum. Many North American readers probably never had the luck of getting to read much of the comic book work of Hergé, but anyone with European roots probably grew up...

Stinky London, Rude Paris, Romantic Venice

Stinky London, Rude Paris, Romantic Venice May 6th, 2009 at 6:00PM: If you need a sense of authority to trust a publication, you can't do better than one from Australia. So, when the Sydney Morning Herald says that Brussels is boring, you have to believe it. Likewise, Paris is overrated, and the food sucks in London (duh). Well, if you think the folks down under have credibility problems, fear not. It was reporting on a TripAdvisor poll of nearly 2,400 travelers,...

Competitours Race - Day 4 "Brussels" (with video)

Competitours Race - Day 4 Mar 26th, 2009 at 2:00PM: As part of our Gadling on the Road series, Kent Wien and his wife Linda are participating as Team Gadling in the first run of Competitours, an Amazing Race like competition taking place in three different countries in Europe. Follow along as Kent documents their progress. THURSDAY - DAY 4. After day three of our race in the Amsterdam area, we were excited to travel to a new location, Brussels....

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