We departed Paris this morning and took the Thalys train to Brussels, but not before we learned one last valuable lesson. We had planned to take a cab from the hotel to the train station, easy peezy...so we thought. The hotel clerk advised us that if you call for a cab from the hotel, there will be a 15 E reservation fee added to your fare immediately. Wait a minute...reservation fee? Haven't I heard that phrase before? Was this guy related to our gypsy friend from the train station on our arrival day? Couldn't be...so, therefore, it must be legit...well, legit as in factual, not legit as in reasonable! Who knew...perhaps we were too harsh on our gypsy friend??Anyway, we left the hotel and found a taxi about a block away. The fare for our ride was 7 E. Not bad, not bad at all. Better than the 22 E it would have been with a hotel pickup!
We arrived in Brussels and got checked into what is easily the most modern and spacious room we've had so far
As Sunday night seems to be a night of rest, we are doing just that. With feet up and english tv on, we're enjoying some fresh strawberries, cheese and crackers. Fay is having some french wine, cause that is one thing the Belgians don't seem to do. I, on the other hand am trying some flavoured beer...unfortunately, not as good as it sounds.
Tomorrow we see the sites with our final free walking tour. This guide is going to have a couple of tough acts to follow because Jessica in London was great, and Paul in Paris was fantastic. Let's just see what tomorrow brings!
Beer, Waffles, Chocolate and French Fries
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium