In Pictures: Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins train station

Liège-Guillemins train station

In 2007 I was railing my way around Benelux when I passed through Liège-Guillemins station. The station was undergoing a transformative reconstruction that looked so out of the ordinary that I knew would have to come back to see the finished work. [Liège-Guillemins station] Before I even knew anything about the station one name sprang […]

How to get from Paris to Brussels by local train – The alternative to high speed rail


See four cities in one day and save on high speed rail reservation fees. One of the things I love about having a Eurail Pass is being able to jump onto almost any train and go. While there are some train services that require a reservation fee, this can be avoided by taking local trains. […]

The Graslei, Ghent – Belgium

Ghent - Belgium

[The Graslei, Ghent - Belgium] If you are looking for a picture postcard of medieval European street architecture, come to Ghent. The Graslei is a street lined with guild houses representing many centuries of building style. On my previous visit to Ghent I called it the best of Belgium in one city. Passing through Ghent […]

In Pictures: The great Grote Markts of Belgium

Grote Markt Antwerp

If I have learnt one thing about Belgium it is they have cornered the great Grote Markt market. Belgium has some of the best preserved Town Squares (Grote Markt) in Europe. [Grote Markt, Antwerp (Antwerpen)] [Grote Markt - Brussels] [Grote Markt - Mechelen] [Grote Markt - Leuven] [Grote Markt - Kortrijk] [Grote Markt Cafes - […]

Ghent – The best of Belgium in one city

Sint Michiels Bridge

Halfway between Bruges and Brussels is Ghent (Gent). Like Bruges, much of Ghent’s medieval architecture remains intact. Like Brussels, it has a lively nightlife and arts scene. Ghent is like having the best of these two great cities in one, which is why I don’t understand why Ghent isn’t as well known as it should […]