Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Trains and trams in Brussels and Belgium… any lessons for Melbourne?

My holiday blog is currently up to Brussels. In this (lengthy) post I've looked at the many types of rail transport in Belgium, and I try and ponder lessons for Melbourne. Belgian use of rail ranges from trams -- street-based and on separate alignments as in Melbourne, but also underground "pre-metro" routes -- the Metro, and suburban and long-distance heavy rail. Trams Brussels ha

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The border incident, and London sightseeing

Backdated. Posted 21/9/2017 Time to head back to London for the last few days of our holiday. We packed up our stuff and left the Air BNB flat. A word about the flat. It had been chosen for its location (walking distance to Brussels Midi/Zuid station), which along with the price, which were its best features. The layout was curious (one bedroom on the ground floor, stairs up to a small li

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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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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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Video from my trip to Europe in 1998

15 years ago I got back from my first trip to Europe. Here, finally, are the video highlights. Daniel's 1998 Europe trip highlights from Daniel Bowen on Vimeo. Includes England (south-east, London, and York), Scotland (Edinburgh, Inverness, Plockton), Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam. Worth noting... The blog posts written at the time are available here: Europe 1998. This was pre-Oyster