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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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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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It's a former railroad line called the Vennbahn. It appears that way on the map because the former railroad and right-of-way were and still are Belgian territory. That creates the two exclaves of Germany within Belgium in the picture, though there are currently 5. Seems the trackline has since been removed and paved as a cycle path. Branch line Ravel ...


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When you have a train ticket this is a commitment by the railways to get you to your destination. In your case your ticket is for Brussels to Den Haag so to Den haag the railways must get you. But it doesn’t have to be with the trains you originally intended to use. The fact that you change in Breda tells me you have a ticket for the IC train. That ticket ...


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The entire area and a good deal West of it used to be German territory at the beginning of the 20th century. In the late 19th century, a railway line was built from Aachen (much further north) to Luxembourg, the Vennbahn. Originally intended to transport coal and iron ore (in different directions) and to connect the area in between to the industrial centres, ...


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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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Between Brussels and Bruges, you've basically got one train every 30 minutes for most of the day, taking about an hour. There's no discount for buying these in advance. It's currently €14.80 for a single, double that for a return. However, if you're doing a return over a weekend (out Friday night, Saturday or Sunday, back Saturday or Sunday), there is a ...


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It's Hôtel Le Dôme, Place Rogier, Brussels, Belgium. You can see this building on Google Street view - pretty much the same today as it was in the photo.


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Horizons Unlimited 21 Mar 2015 duibhceK: In Belgium 25km/h mopeds are obliged to use the cycle path everywhere, unless specific signs forbid it. 45km/h limited mopeds are obliged to use the cycle path wherever a speed limit higher than 50km/h is in effect. Within zones that have a 50km/h or lower speed limit you can choose whether you use the ...


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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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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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I'd say Lille (in Belgium they might call it Rijsel.) You can get there in 39 minutes with the fast trains and if you are lucky you do not need to pay more than 19 Euro, but 25 Euro is more likely for each leg (prices 2017.) Those fast direct trains run hourly at least, there are also normal (less fast) trains which have no restriction on the number of ...


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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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Regular tickets to Brussels bought in the Benelux (i.e. not the special Thalys, Eurostar, etc. international tickets) are typically marked as “Zone Bruxelles”. The English-language version only has a definition but the French-language website of the Belgian railways lists the following stations as part of the “Brussels zone”: Berchem-Ste-Agathe, Bockstael,...


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If the street or crossing does not have an indication that traffic on your street has preference over the side streets, the normal rule of 'yield for traffic from the right' tells you what to do. Being on a 'fietsstraat' does not give you magical preference over cars if other rules tell that the car should get the right of way. Besides, as the car can not ...


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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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There is a good news where in after a Visa refusal when I immediately applied for the second time, I got my Business visa approved. This time, I had attached a genuine apology letter stating that I genuinely got confused with the visa stay duration and visa travel dates and I also questioned the authorities diplomatically and showed that I was myself ...


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In Belgium, there is only one environmental zone today (November 2017) - center of Antwerpen. There is no badge for it but unless you drive a car with Belgian or Dutch licence plates you have to register it before driving into this zone (licence plates are automatically controlled with cameras). (Source, More information ) In France, there are ...


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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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The NMBS/SNCB journey planner knows about local transport, including bus lines. I'm not sure they always have information on service disruption or changes on short notices, so also check with the local bus operator, De Lijn, TEC, or STIB.


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There is no explanation in the official Visa Code I could find. But bank statements have other usefulness besides the usual "ensure the applicant has enough resources to support yourself during the trip" which is not applicable in your case. For example the consulate could use them to ensure: That you have legitimate means to support yourself right now, i.e....


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Breda is already in the Netherlands and the most common method for this kind of tight connections is that one train comes in, stops on one side of a platform, then the other train comes in on the other side of the same platform, stays for a few minutes, so every body gets out and in, last in train leaves first, first train in leaves last. So while the ...


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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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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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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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You have previously overstayed a Schengen and your application was referred to the Belgian national authority. You then learned that a refusal is in the pipeline. Would it be wise to reapply for a visa to Belgium itself or should I apply it for some other Schengen country ? No, an individual's history of applications is recorded in a central database ...


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Technically not, because driving licences do not state nationality, which is turn is what dictates your right to be in the Schengen Area. In practice, you would usually be OK unless they decide to go formal and serious on you (such as if you're suspected of a crime). Do you not have an identiteitskaart? That one is a perfectly valid travel document within ...


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