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In my eyes 7/7 is shorthand for French 7 jours sur 7 which translates to 7 days out of 7. Meaning the business is open all week. Note that this does not necessarily mean that the business is also open 24h. Indeed in France you often read 7j/7 written on shops that are open every day of the week (note the little j, standing for jours == days). For example, ...


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I just found this gr8 (well, not very great) workaround. . Didn't try it yet, but looks like it may work.


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I had the same problem after arriving to the UK. There are two basic techniques: Plug the sink, pour the water and wash yourself in this water. I think this was how it was meant to be used when this system was first introduced years ago. You can mix it in any other container as well, depending on your needs. One potential downside to this method is that ...


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This is in fact a completely legitimate photo. It is from Baarle-Nassau where the borders get really funky. Indeed, the one house you are looking it is just one of many, though it is probably the most famous. The exact address is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau 5111, The Netherlands. In a situation similar to that along, say, the India-Bangledeshi border, ...


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The image is from the border between the Dutch municipality Baarle-Nassau and the Belgian municipality Baarle-Hertog. To be more exact, the address of the house is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands. If you don't want to go there, you can look it up on Google Streetview :) Although it is not that uncommon that towns or villages are split by country ...


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Compared to an average US city, I expect you to find Belgium a very expensive country. Taxi's are extremely expensive, expect to pay >25Euro's for innercity trips. Having said that, public transport like trains and busses are really really cheap. The Belgian Railways have a card called Go Pass (<26) or Rail Pass which makes traveling through Belgium ...


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According to a page on the site of (in Dutch) the Royal Dutch Touring Club, you're required to have a warning triangle and a safety vest. While a fire extinguisher and first aid kit are only required for Belgian drivers, they still recommend taking them as well. Another page of theirs (in Dutch) which gives an overview of these rules for various European ...


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Just so we are clear. Security at airport(s) in Brussels is not the responsibility of the US TSA even if flight is coming from or going to the US. If you're interested you can go to the Brussels Airport Site on Bags & Security for more details on what is and is not allowed on board which among other restrictions states: Medicines and dietary ...


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The main way to simplify this process is to use the services of an agent. There are a few that specialise in this and you would want to vet them a bit before putting your money, passport and credibility in their hands so I am not going to name any. But I heard about a handful that would for example arrange visas for Russia and many central Asian countries as ...


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In Belgium and in the Netherlands you can take your bicycle on the train. Some restrictions may apply. In Belgium, the conductor will show you the place where you can store the bicycle. It costs 5 EUR per journey, or 8 EUR per day. Folding bicycles are carried for free. You are advised to avoid trains during the peak hours, although it is not strictly ...


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Within Belgium, take the train. Trains are frequent and the major cities are easily reached. Timetables can be found on www.belgianrail.be, the website of SNCB/NMBS national railway company. From Leuven you have plenty of trains to Brussels, but also hourly connections to places like Ghent, Bruges, Oostende, Liège, Antwerpen or Mechelen. You can buy ...


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There are 7 trappist beers (6 Belgian, 1 Dutch). From Gent, your best bets are Westvleteren, Westmalle or Chimay. None are easily reachable. To Westvleteren you get the train to Poperinge, for Westmalle Antwerp is your best bet and for Chimay you need to go to Charleroi. From the stations onwards you are depending on either a taxi or the (infrequent) buses. ...


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Strikes usually end officially at 10 p.m., but don't count on any train after that time. There might be an odd train, but usually there is not. In reality the normal schedule resumes the next morning with a few cancelled trains still possible. Source: I take the train daily in Belgium and have seen my share of strikes. If you are referring to the upcoming ...


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I quote from my Lonely Planet book: Those staying in hostels, doing a museum, filling up with fast fodder like frites (chips or fries) and baguettes and downing a good beer or two can expect to spend from €40 per day. Those opting for hotels with full amenities and midrange restaurants will pay from €120. B&Bs offer excellent value, as do ...


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Yes, the Go Pass allows you to share across multiple people. According to the Belgian Rail website, it is basically 10 tickets to be used on any ride within Belgium, by anyone under 26. There is no name written on the tickets so it could really be used by anyone: they clearly say Up to 10 people on 1 Go Pass. They stress the fact that as you fill it ...


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May be you will be interested in this data. It's old by still shows dynamic how easy is getting visa C in the Schengen countries. Portugal and Netherlands looks like the best choises. Data from here: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/docs/overview_of_schengen_visa_statistics_en.pdf Here is also file ...


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I'm in the lounge now, so I can confirm that the Qype review is largely correct. The lounge is at the other side of the station from the main cross-concourse, so you either need to take the lift down from the south end of the Thalys platform, or walk down the westerly corridor and round the corner. If you take the southerly exit from the Eurostar platforms ...


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I haven't been to Rock Werchter specifically but I have been to a few other Belgian festivals like Pukkelpop (similar in size). There's a few aspects to your question Fun(Music) Hands down the camping area. I've seen on the website that all 10 camping areas are located surrounding the festival area so you'll always hear the music even at your tent which ...


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Separate taps are still pretty common in Australia though mixer taps are on the rise. What I usually do is check if the hot water is hot straight away. Usually it's not but I suppose this could depend on how the hot water is set up which may be different in Ireland. If the hot tap is not hot straight away I use the hot tap just on just a bit checking with ...


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You can walk either towns' centre very easily, visit some churches and places in some hours, this is definitely an option. I would personally spend more time in Brugge: give a little more than half a day to Gent then move to Brugge at late afternoon, live the evening, and the day after go in the canals and on the Belfry. I've been to both Ghent and Brugge. ...


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It is possible to do both in one day, especially in spring or summer, when the days are a bit longer. But it is not a good idea, or a good option, to use your words. You should keep in mind that the transfer from the centre of Ghent to the centre of Bruges will take one hour (or more), by train or by private car. The main train station in Ghent (Sint ...


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I found the following map (Source: http://www.yachtchartersneek.nl/waterkaart_Belgie_vaarwegen.htm) The map is from a charter company, which have suggested routes on their website. One mentions a connection from Bruges to Ghent. From Ghent on there a multiple possibilities.


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Bruges/Brugge is a must see. As you come from Netherlands, you won't go "Wow" on the bike friendly town. But there are windmills, a beautiful belfry with its carillon that you can visit. There are many canals in this Venice of the North. There are also a chocolate museum and a diamond museum (only the former offers samples to visitors). You can even see the ...


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I (an Irish person) only recently found out that this was an oddity of our country. What I do usually is either use just one (like the hot tap, but quickly) or the cold tap. It's not that cold! Or just fill up the sink


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Basically the center is around the "Grote Markt". On this square you will find the Town Hall, Saint Peter's Church and a great place to sample typical Belgian beers. Plenty of pubs etc. can be found at the "Oude Markt", just next to the Grote Markt. There are accommodations in that area or not far from there. If you arrive by train, you can also consider ...


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Megabus is okay. At this time it is one of the more sensible options. You can also check Eurolines. They have similar prices and a lot of connections. Choose what suits you best. Note that Eurolines will drop you near the Brussels North railway station. Megbus stops near the Central station, a stone's throw from the Grand Place. The Central station is a bit ...


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This ticket gives you 24 hours, after the arrival in Brussels, to reach your final destination in Belgium. You cannot use it for roaming across the country. A word to the wise: I am not a professional translator, but it seems to me that there may be an ambiguity between the English, Dutch and French versions of the "conditions of carriage". In the Dutch and ...


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I'll speak for Brussels where I live : Most museums are open on Sundays, as are they in every place I've been to in the EU (including the Netherlands). Most countries strive to make culture and arts accessible to people. You don't do that by opening only on working days. As a result, most tourist shops and businesses selling food and beverages around ...


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The reason for the strike ending at 22h is so they can attempt to get all the material at the required destinations for the next day, e.g. they need x amount of trains in Gent or Oostende so they can handle the morning traffic the next day. Note that this is not a guarantee for success, I've often experienced delays the day after a strike because not all ...



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