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Brussels from above

(Backdated. Posted 18/9/2017) Monday! Our last full day in Brussels, and also a day when, generally, most museums in Belgium are closed. It was raining in the morning for the first time on the holiday, apart from some drizzle in Penzance. We got a little wet walking down to the Metro, and decided to use the closer station that required changing trams/trains along our journey. Again, this

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In Brugge

Backdated. Posted 15/9/2017. We headed back to our Brussels Zuid/Midi Station, wary again of infestations of pickpockets, but again seeing none. Seriously, I was doubting the numerous reports of this -- either they're invisible to me or they simply aren't there since the military and police have moved in following recent terrorist attacks. I bought tickets from the ticket machine, and this t

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Old reptiles, old trams, new baby cousin

Backdated. Posted 7/9/2017 I was starting to get more comfortable in Belgium. It was getting easier as we realised how many people spoke English (most of them) and as I picked up a few words of French. We had worked out a few more things to do while in Brussels - and on this Saturday morning, we headed out the door to the metro, towards the Natural Sciences Museum. As with most other big

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Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!

(Backdated. Posted 2/9/2017) What with sleeping in after a big day, and clearing the laundry backlog that had built up since Cardiff a week before, we didn't leave the house until after midday. So if we only did one thing today, make it something good. Given we were in Belgium, and I'm a lifelong Tintin fan, the choice was obvious: The Herge Museum. We headed for Midi station and wrestled

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Two hours to Brussels

(Backdated. Posted 26/8/2017) Good morning! It's 5:30am! Here's your breakfast tray! Actually the sleeper train wake-up call was not as perky as that. And it was fine getting up, despite being early, because I'd set my phone to beep 10 minutes beforehand. I pulled up the blind and looked out the window. We were sitting in Paddington Station in London. I felt like I'd had a great sleep, and I ce

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Epic bus ride to the end of the land

(Backdated. Posted 22/8/2017.) Unlike the budget hotel in Bath, this hotel in Penzance included a full English breakfast, of which we availed ourselves. Very tasty. We'd be spending the day in and around Penzance, but leaving in the evening, so we had to check-out. The hotel initially seemed a bit iffy about having the space to keep all our bags for the day. The station doesn't offer left lu

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Heading to the wild, wild west (Cornwall)

(Backdated. Posted 16/8/2017) We bade our farewells to the family and my uncle K gave us a lift to Taunton station. First step to our next destination was a train to Exeter, or to be precise, Exeter St Davids. As with Bath a few days earlier, Exeter is served by multiple railway stations, originally built by different railway companies. Exeter Central is, as the name would suggest, more c

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Family reunion time, and the mystery of the Bath toastie

(Backdated. Posted 15/8/2017) Sunday, and today was the day we were scheduled to meet all the English relatives - aged from 2 to 92 - this was one of the primary reasons for the trip. But first - breakfast! We hit the streets of Bath in search of food, discovering yet again that before 8am, almost nothing in this tourist town is open. Worse, being a Sunday, that cafe from the day before w

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Canals and cathedrals

(Backdated. Posted 10/8/2017.) The hotel, being a cheapie, didn't offer breakfast, so we sprung out around 7:30 looking for food… and discovered that almost nowhere in Bath is open before 8am, at least not on a Saturday. Eventually (eg at 8am, or just before) we found a great cafe near Bath Abbey just opening up, which made a delicious cooked breakfast. We made a note to come back here th

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Time for a Bath

Friday morning in Cardiff, yet another warm sunny day -- I was in danger of getting sunburnt. The locals all swore it was highly unusual to have this much sun -- apparently "sunburn" and "Wales" are words not often found in one sentence. Time to head elsewhere, but first, one more walk to Cardiff Bay to stretch the legs. We walked past the BBC Cardiff studios, wondering if we might spot any