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Where is this chained man statue, photographed a century ago?

This is the Sculpture "Nègres marrons surpris par des chiens" by Louis Samain. In the context of Slavery, the term "marron"French Wikipedia refers to fugitive slaves (cf. the ...
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What areas to avoid in Brussels after the recent terrorism events

UPDATE: A few days after this answer an attack took place. I maintain that attacks are possible, but very unlikely. Just like anywhere in Europe. I added a community wiki answer focusing on the ...
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Scheduled Ryanair flights from Zaventem moved to Charleroi?

Ryanair moved all its flights to Charleroi according to their own communication with the original flight times until at least the 29th. You are right that Charleroi can not accommodate all flights for ...
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What areas to avoid in Brussels after the recent terrorism events

Because of events a few days after the posting of the question, I'm adding a second answer. On 22 March 2016, there were several attacks on Brussels. At the moment confirmed are a bombing of Brussels ...
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Train from Brussels to Dusseldorf

You can book this, it will be fine. For the ICE (Inter-City express) part a reservation is optional. If you want to be sure of a seat, make a reservation. If you don't you may have to search a while ...
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Visiting a place in Brussels where Pink Floyd recorded a video

Let me admit that the other answer by Weather Vane sent me in the right direction. The American Theatre is the right direction and that it's a good idea to look at the other video's mentioned in that ...
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Are the luggage storage lockers at Brussels-Midi still available for use in April 2016 after recent security clampdowns?

Yes, both automatic lockers and manned storage of left luggage are available as of today. I just went to check myself. Everything is accessible and there is no sign whatsoever indicating anything ...
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Visiting a place in Brussels where Pink Floyd recorded a video

There are no footways along the edges of the road, so it isn't a regular bridge. Because the shadows are from the left, the location is east or south-east of the Atomium. My guess is the "bridge" is ...
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Where in Brussels is a Eurostar ticket valid to, and for how long?

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 ...
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Am I better off using French in Brussels, or should I stick to English?

As you state, some Belgians are overly sensitive to language issues. Usually, as a tourist you should not have problems due to that, but of course you can always get unlucky and meet the exceptional ...
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Should I buy a train ticket in advance to travel from Brussels to Bruges during Christmas?

You can buy tickets beforehand, but there is no real advantage. The price is the same and you can't make reservations. A ticket is valid on any train. On those days you should have plenty of place on ...
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Can I take an earlier Thalys train from Schiphol when travelling on a KLM flight-train ticket?

I have now made the trip and can therefore answer my own question. Yes, they do let you take the earlier Thalys train, but you will not have a seat reservation, so the trip may be less comfortable. ...
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India - Munich - Brussels - Freetown and back, is Schengen Visa Type A enough?

Schengen visa types states: An airport transit visa (ATV) authorises you to pass through the international transit zone at an airport located on the territory of the Schengen State and to await ...
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Stolen German resident card; can I travel back to India from Belgium?

Belgian authorities should not have any problem with you exiting the Schengen except sometimes making sure you are not overstaying. Assuming you are Indian citizen, and thus need a visa or permit to ...
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Is there any pass that covers all public transport in Brussels?

Update June 2023 Having recently visited Brussels again I would point out some changes which invalidate some of my answer and some of the other answers. You can now use contactless payment. This ...
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Can I travel from Brussels to Ghent using the JUMP card?

The JUMP card doesn't work on trains outside of the Brussels region. On the jump information page you can download a map to where you can use your JUMP card. If you want to take the train (NMBS or ...
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I want to travel in Uk with my spouse

We are a new couple and we want to travel in Uk for honeymoon from brussel by train. I want to go next week...absolutely before 31 december Forget about it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you cannot ...
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Am I better off using French in Brussels, or should I stick to English?

In Brussels, start with your French with your strong English accent, indicating that you are happy to speak either English or French (or indicate which is your prefered language.) Those who prefer ...
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How can I can I get from Zaventem train station to the airport?

Accurate as 15 Feb 2017 By train or bus. Brussels Airport has their own underground train & bus station. You can look for public transport possibilities on the website of the national ...
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Brussels-Bruges-Ghent with De Lijn Day Pass

"De Lijn" is the Flemish public transport company. They serve Flanders, and have very basic services in Brussels (busses from Flanders to the main railway stations in Brussels and vice versa). De ...
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Train to Brussels Airport

With the minimal information you've given, the only sane answer is that "no, it will not be enough time". Flights to the US have a 60 minute cut-off for check-in and baggage drop. This is strictly ...
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Will Eurostar have lots of rowdy passengers on a Saturday evening?

It's very unlikely. I've been in the train station in London at 2-5am and it's not exactly full of arriving revelers or drunks, it's mostly tired people sipping coffee, waiting for their train out to ...
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Is it possible to change tracks in the train station of Brussels Airport Zaventem without a Diabolo Pass?

It should be possible. The Diabolo surcharge is checked at a row of automated gates between the foyer of the train station and the rest of the airport. You can go up and down the stairs leading to the ...
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What's a cheap, convenient way to get from Amsterdam to Brussels?

Updated answer as of 2024 The three most straightforward options for travelling between Brussels and Amsterdam (or elsewhere in the Netherlands) are, ordered by increasing price (and comfort/speed): ...
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Traveling From Brussels to Amsterdam — Are Seat Reservations Mandatory for Eurail Pass 1st Class?

I hope you do not plan to travel soon as there is work on the track each Saturday in March 2017 (according to my source.) Not only do you not have to make reservations for this train, it is ...
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Visiting a place in Brussels where Pink Floyd recorded a video

I'm building on the previous answers by 'Weather Vane' and 'Some wandering yeti', with some additions. This seems to have been filmed on a pedestrian bridge that was build for the Expo '58. The bridge ...
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What areas to avoid in Brussels after the recent terrorism events

There is not one particular area to avoid. I would just recommend you to follow the Crisiscentrum, @CrisiscenterBE and local media, to be aware of advises, special measures taken by local authorities ...
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How can I can I get from Zaventem train station to the airport?

The best solution depends on where exactly in Zaventem you are. You can find this info on the website of De Lijn. There's a facility to find a bus based on departure and arrival points (routeplanner, ...
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Train from Brussels to Dusseldorf

The first train is a high speed train and requires booking. The second train however, seems to be a 'normal' train, which doesn't require a reservation. You can see this in the train service number, ...
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