Brussels, Belgium - discussion, travel tips and chat

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by Pingu, May 14, 2012.

  1. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    Does anyone know what customs checks are like on the Eurostar? I'm thinking about pushing the guidelines on the baccy.
  2. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I have never been checked. Tho am usually there for work so have suit and don't fuck with me expression in place....
  3. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    Cantillon Brewery is 2 minute's walk from the station. They sell baccy in the station. There's a bar opposite the door closest to Eurostar's platforms.

    Job done.
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  4. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    And HMRC can stick their 'guidelines' up their arse.

    As an EU citizen you can take as much as you fucking well like back with you.

    Taking multiple brands suggests you are bringing gifts back for others, or even taking paid orders, both of which are no-nos. But up to 6 months worth of baccy all of the same brand and they can't fucking touch you. As baccy tends to go off after 6 months, more than that and it is suspect.
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  5. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    So 2 kilos of same brand and 200 fags wouldn't be unreasonable would it?
  6. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    That's fuck all. 2 kilos is only 4 packs of 10x50g and 200 tailors for 'special occasions'. They won't give you a 2nd glance.

    Couldn't get us 800 Bennies could ya?
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  7. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I already have a queue of people asking me for shit that I have said no to I am afraid. Being completely selfish in this trip I am ;)
  8. Arlarse

    Arlarse Banned Banned

    You would be much better off going to Bruges/Brugge. Less travelling time I think, although I've never done it by train. A large town rather than a city with a lovely centre that you could lose yourself in for a few hours, or if you prefer a few days. I don't really have any advice for your planned smuggling other than I don't do it after seeing someone being carted off non too gently by British customs officers. They've seen it all so don't take the piss.

  9. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Not sure which station you're going to arrive at; but I'd go to the Magritte Museum, then spend the rest of the day in one of the bar/cafes in the narrow streets just off the Grand Place.
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  10. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Liege is a lot nicer than Bruges / Brugge - 10% of the tourists and no crap chocolate / lace shops etc. Plus trams , plus nice pubs / resturaunts.
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  11. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    The train from London arrives in Brussels.
  12. Mapped

    Mapped London town

    I've got part of an afternoon and all evening to kill in Brussels next week. I'm on my own staying near the EC. This thread isn't filling me with joy.
  13. Arlarse

    Arlarse Banned Banned

    Really I found Bruges to be a lovely place, and it was easy to lose the tourists by just stepping down a side street. I wish I'd known about Liege when I was travelling through Belgium to Germany. Maybe something for the future :)
  14. nuffsaid

    nuffsaid But this goes up to 11

    But you can use your eurostar ticket for any, immediate, onward journey to another destination. From Brussels you could then jump on a train to Bruges, it's an hour trip. This means you can't stay in Brussels though, but I'd consider that a bonus.
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  15. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    Not any more you can't.

    About 2 years ago they scrapped the automatic entitlement to use your Eurostar ticket on to any Belgian station. You can still get one that covers onward travel to anywhere in Belgium, but I've yet to come across one that doesn't work out cheaper to just buy a ticket from Brussels to where you need to go.

    Which is a shame.
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  16. harpo

    harpo Listening to Radio Jackie

    Baccy costs the same everywhere as it's stamped price. I recall the Morte Subite being a decent bar, also one called the Beer Circus (some of the strongest artisan beers available are on their menu). The Grand Place has lots of pavement caffs etc but at this time of year might not be sitting out weather. Also beware of pickpockets and the old yoghurt on the shoulder trick (another pickpocketing ploy). I agree with those who say Brussels is a bit shite. Go to Bruge instead.
  17. Mapped

    Mapped London town

    I just had a pleasant evening in Brussels. They seem to be enjoying their summer in October, so it's shorts and T shirts weather and alfresco dining at the moment.

    I'm staying in the middle of Euroland so took a stroll through Leopold park and had some drinks and dinner around Jourdan square. It seems pretty lively, but that might have something to do with the freakish weather. Food and drink seem a bit on the pricey side though, but I was in Berlin all last week and that was great value for money.
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