|London - St Pancras|
The appearance of a useful looking meeting in Brussels on development in the Arctic was the ideal excuse to head back to St Pancras and to Belgium. The journey this time was significantly faster than the 1995 version, and I certainly wasn't aware of any dramatic changes in speed as we went from country to country.
My Brussels trip in 1995 was just a day-trip for a meeting in an hotel just beside the Atomium on the outskirts of the city. On this trip I managed to spend a couple of nights in the city, in a city centre hotel close to Brussels South station (also called Brussels-Midi), where the Eurostars arrive. This meant I had time to sample a least some of the delights of Brussels. A country that appears to run on beer, chips and chocolate must have something going for it.
|Manneken Pis - still attracting the photographers|
|Grand Place by night|
The meeting I was attending was in the EU Quarter of Brussels, which in addition to lots of dramatic new EU-centric buildings also has a number of equally dramatic (albeit shorter) old buildings. The location meant I had an excuse for an early morning wander round the Parc du Cinquantenaire - built in 1880 to mark 50 years of Belgian independence.
|Parc du Cinquantenaire|
As with so many city visits, I wish I'd added in an extra day for wandering so I could take more pictures and try a few more of the local beers.