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Going to London in late Oct to see an EPL game.  I've been to London and done most of the touristy stuff so my thought was to spend just a few days there then head to Amsterdam and or Brussels.    Was thinking two days in Brussels and 3 days in Amsterdam.  Good plan?  Is Brussels worth checking out?  Should I go somewhere else instead?

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the architecture cuisine and language makes you feel like youre in smaller paris, but its cheaper.  so why not.  

2/3 day mix is good.

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Brussels is an easy train ride from Amsterdam and worth the trip. You could do a day trip from Brussels to Brugge.

Brugge is nice, but I enjoyed Ghent more. 

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I was going to fly from London to Brussels and then train to Amsterdam then fly on miles from AMS home.  There is an AA flight from AMS that goes to PHL then onto SAT.

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1 hour ago, midtown said:

Going to London in late Oct to see an EPL game.  I've been to London and done most of the touristy stuff so my thought was to spend just a few days there then head to Amsterdam and or Brussels.    Was thinking two days in Brussels and 3 days in Amsterdam.  Good plan?  Is Brussels worth checking out?  Should I go somewhere else instead?

I'd go to both Brussels and Amsterdam every year if I could.

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2 minutes ago, HenryJames said:

I'd go to both Brussels and Amsterdam every year if I could.

Same. Fucking loved both. 2/3 is good with a day trip to Bruges.

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2 hours ago, Doug E. Fresh said:

Brussels is OK, but I enjoyed Brugge more.  If you have only 2 days for Belgium, that's where I would head.

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Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent are all great, you can't really go wrong with any of them.  Be sure to have some Westvleteren 12. 

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Booked. 52k AA miles

Oct 25 SAT>DFW>LHR.  Arrive at 10am on Friday.  Game is either Sat or Sun. 

Fly to Brussels on Monday/Tuesday train to Amsterdam on Wed/Thurs

Sat Nov 3 AMS>LHR>PHL>SAT

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39 minutes ago, 4th&Five said:

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It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking thing?H ow can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful fucking fairytale stuff, how can that not be somebody’s fucking thing, eh?

How can fucking swans not fucking be somebody’s fucking thing, eh? How can that be

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Anyone want to throw out some hotels and neighborhoods to stay in in London, Brussels and Amsterdam?
London, it all depends on budget.

Amsterdam, stay at the Hoxton. It's on one of the canals and is a really cool hotel.

Brussels, Amigo (location is amazing and it's a beautiful hotel) or Dominican.

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Let me add my theory on hotels when on vacation is that I'm going to almost never be in it other than to sleep, shower and possible screw.   I usually go 3 star 

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23 minutes ago, HenryJames said:

AirBNBs in Brussels are really cheap.

AirBJs in Amsterdam  are pretty affordable imo. 

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In Amsterdam I preferred Rembrandt Square and Leidseplein Square for neighborhoods to search, but no clue as to airbnb's in those areas. Also Maastricht is great too, and would almost pick staying their over Brussels, and can't argue against Brugge. 

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56 minutes ago, midtown said:

Id definitely use aribnb's as well so if folks can just suggest neighborhoods I'd appreciate that

I'll repeat

This Airbnb was a perfect location in Brussel. I forget what the neighborhood is called
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13425316

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1 hour ago, midtown said:

Id definitely use aribnb's as well so if folks can just suggest neighborhoods I'd appreciate that

Well what are you wanting to do in these cities? 

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23 minutes ago, HenryJames said:

Well what are you wanting to do in these cities? 

Some art, culture, architecture, food, drinks.  I can wander around a city for hours and just people watch.  I like to see a few cool tourist things but I am not clark griswald by any stretch.  I have just as much fun meeting people.  I like walking tours and I usually sign up for a pub crawl or food tour and end up meeting fun people.  

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Some art, culture, architecture, food, drinks.  I can wander around a city for hours and just people watch.  I like to see a few cool tourist things but I am not clark griswald by any stretch.  I have just as much fun meeting people.  I like walking tours and I usually sign up for a pub crawl or food tour and end up meeting fun people.  


If you can get a room my real suggestion is to email St. Bernardus (Jackie is who you want to talk too) and see if their B&B has any rooms available. If so you take a train to Poperinge from Brussels which is a cool town and take a Belbus to Watou. From their you can ride a bike or take a Belbus to In De Vrede to drink all the Westvletren you want. Poperinge and Watou are cool tiny towns on the French border. The B&B has a beer fridge free to drink from and just a great place in the middle of nowhere.

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Definitely do an AirBnB in both places. 

We stayed in an AirBnB just 4 blocks from Grand Place in Brussels and I think we paid less than $150/night.

 

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12 hours ago, shnsajax said:

 


If you can get a room my real suggestion is to email St. Bernardus (Jackie is who you want to talk too) and see if their B&B has any rooms available. If so you take a train to Poperinge from Brussels which is a cool town and take a Belbus to Watou. From their you can ride a bike or take a Belbus to In De Vrede to drink all the Westvletren you want. Poperinge and Watou are cool tiny towns on the French border. The B&B has a beer fridge free to drink from and just a great place in the middle of nowhere.

 

As nice as that sounds.   With two days I'd much rather spend them in a bigger city than waste two hours going to a B&B.  Maybe if I was with a special lady friend. 

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Probably hitting both for a night later this year. Brussels for the Christmas market, Amsterdam for, well... it’s Amsterdam. 

Time will be tight though, so maybe end up skipping Amsterdam. I dunno yet. Plenty of time to decide. 

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Don't skip Amsterdam. Do both.

Market in Brussels is very nice. Walk, drink some hot wine, drink some more hot wine. Eat a waffle. Drink a shit ton more hot wine.

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It’s a time thing for me. 2 nights available, and 3 options. Brussels for sure, for their Christmas market. Then it’s between Manchester (another excellent Christmas market) or Amsterdam.

 

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Don't skip Amsterdam. Do both.
Market in Brussels is very nice. Walk, drink some hot wine, drink some more hot wine. Eat a waffle. Drink a shit ton more hot wine.


You are in one of the beer capitals of the world. Why the hot wine?

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Don't skip Amsterdam. Do both.
Market in Brussels is very nice. Walk, drink some hot wine, drink some more hot wine. Eat a waffle. Drink a shit ton more hot wine.


You are in one of the beer capitals of the world. Why the hot wine?

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There is one must you should do in Brussels if you are into beer. That is go to Cantillon Brewery. Beer nerds will hate you for going there without them.

Only  Lambic, Gueuze, and Kriek so you need to be into that stuff or at least willing to try.

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There is one must you should do in Brussels if you are into beer. That is go to Cantillon Brewery. Beer nerds will hate you for going there without them.
Only  Lambic, Gueuze, and Kriek so you need to be into that stuff or at least willing to try.


They are also the best in the world at making these and go if you can. You can also get cheap as hell Delirium by the Grand Palace and a great beer store called Beer Palace close by.

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De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges is also good if you make it over there.  There's a pretty good cafe as well.

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On 7/13/2018 at 10:19 PM, WBT said:

Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent are all great, you can't really go wrong with any of them.  Be sure to have some Westvleteren 12. 

can't speak for all the bars in belgium, but at Cafe Bizon in Brussels, one stands a pretty decent chance of getting the Westy.  

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Dulle Griet in Ghent also had it and just about everything else I wanted to try.  Cash only.  You had to put a shoe in the basket as collateral to get one of the big Kwak yard glasses.

 

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pictures from interwebz, not mine

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Anyone want to recommend a neighborhood in Amsterdam to stay?   I was pretty settled on Jordaan.  But read about Rembrantplein being more nightlife.  At this point Ill be solo. 

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6 minutes ago, HenryJames said:

De Pijp

I read about this neighborhood.  It is pretty easy to transpo into the city center for entertainment?  NVM.  I just booked Mr. Jordaan in the Jordaan neighborhood.  Great reviews.  I'm just locking this on it but will keep hunting for a better deal as the date gets closer.  Thanks

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how's amsterdam for new year's (for someone who is drug tested so can't partake)(not me)

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5 hours ago, elfenix said:

how's amsterdam for new year's (for someone who is drug tested so can't partake)(not me)

Companies still do this?

#regarded

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