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Brussels Army Museum - any suggestions?

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  1. Quillin

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    going ahead? meaning that you will await us at the museum and let me arrange the bustrip towards there? or that you'll be the first to arrive at the station and await for all of us?
     
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    No, "I'm going to go ahead and..." as in "I will...". Just an expression. What I'm going to do is meet you all at the station and then let you guide us to the Museum, I probably couldn't find it myself either. :wink:
     
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    okay, in about a week and a half we'll be in Brussel. time for the last things to be worked out.
    1. What is the ETA (Expected Time of Arival) of everybody? so that we don't have to wait for a couple of hours before the last one arrives
    2. Where do we meet? Brussel north, central or south?
    3. how will we reconize each oher? i mean, do we have to bring a large sign saying "Tank forum, Member ....." or does Roel has to put on that orange plastic nazi helmet that the Dutch made for the World Cup football (now then you'll be noticed by us :grin: )
    or should i give my phone number so that you can call me on arrival and i give then the location where i'm standing (probably the income hall, underneath the plate with the departure times). but if i give my phone number, i might risk that you will be stalking me :-? :lol:
     
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    For number 3 - I think one person (Roel or Quillin?) should hold up a sign - something like 'Forum outing' or similar :wink:

    Sorry, I have not yet got off my lazy arse and worked out travel arrangements. I will get onto it. :oops:
     
  5. Ricky

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    To get the Eurostar to Brussels, I would have to leave London at 6.10am in order to get there at 9.30am.

    The next available train leaves London at 8.30, and arrives in Brussels at 12 noon

    (all times are local)

    So which is best? I'd rather not have to travel into London for 6am, and presumably that would mean that SOE would have to either come to Luton and stay over on Friday or journey up from Dorset at silly o'clock to get to London by 6am.

    I'll check the ferries.

    The other option is to leave from Ashford... now whom do I know that lives in Ashford? :grin:
     
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    ....I wonder!!! :lol: :p :grin:
     
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    Hey! Nice to see you again Caroline! :D
     
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    I understand that I'm going to see a whole lot more of you soon.. :grin: :lol:
     
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    hello Caroline. long time that you posted.

    all right. the Eurostar stops in Brussel south. i rahter had it seen stopping in Brussel central because that would be easier. well, nothing to do about it. we all meet up in Brussel south then. so we already got a "where" :D
     
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    Brussels South is good, easy to reach by train from the Netherlands and it's where my brother and me went last time...

    Ricky, I'm sure the train arriving in Brussels at noon will be more comfortable for all of us. Trains from Leiden arrive 14 past the hour, so I'll probably be taking the one arriving at 12:14 (can't be arsed to wait idly for 45 minutes...) We'll just meet up, have lunch, then go to the museum which reopens at 13:00. As for the meeting-each-other part, Quillin, it would be useful to tell us your real name, I'll bring a megaphone and shout :grin:

    Seriously, just send me a PM or an email with your phone number for emergencies or if I get totally lost. I think it'll work out anyway if you'll be waiting underneath the big departures board, since people waiting for other people are always very conspicuous.

    Oh, and Ricky will look at you repeatedly and then ask you if you're Quillin if he suspects you to be - it works! :grin:
     
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    i'll see if i can't fix a big wooden sign with something painted on. can't be that difficult :grin:

    noon is good for me. i have two trains going to brussel south. one will be arriving at 11.40 and the other arroung 12.20. i think i'll take the first one and have some more time to place the sign :grin:
    no serious, i shall wear sunglasses, brown boots and a blue cord arround my neck, the kind of cord where people hang their keys arround. and i'll also have a sheet of white paper saying Tank Forum on one side and Quillin on the other side and i'll switch it regurally. can't miss.
     
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    Ah - the early train is best for us, for a number of reasons.

    1) cheaper!
    2) we will need to be back in the UK by 7pm (UK time) at the latest, otherwise we will miss our last trains home.

    Therefore an early start in Brussels is better. Is that ok with you guys?
     
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    so you'll arrive in brussel at 9.30. no problem for me.
     
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    Looks like I am out. Nearly £200 to get there and back is too much for me.

    Can we make it Bovington next year, please? :grin:

    Sorry.
     
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    okay, did some research for how to get to the army museum starting from brussel south (and after that i searched for an asperine because the info i needed is extremly hard to find. why making it difficult if it can be done easy :angry: )

    oke, don't mind that, had to get ride of the anger. so, i tried to find out which busses go from brussel south to the museum. turns out that such information about the buslines in brussel is not available (great, i bet i can find that information in french but i wanted it in dutch. is dutch a problem for showing info about brussel???)

    anyway, plan B. forget the bus. let's take the train :D . we can go from brussel south to brussel shuman and then walk to the museum. that shouldn't be all to far according to the maps.
    so, ricky, you arrive at 9.30 AM (brussel time). we have trains going to brussel shuman at 9.36, 9.48, 10.06, 10.36 and 10.48 (and probably the are not the last ones) the trip only takes about 15 minutes
    offcourse that brings me to another problem, the price. turns out that there is a jumpticket (a normal train ticket is somehow not okay in brussel :-? ) it would cost 4 euro but (that is for a whole day. great thing, it can be used in busses and metro's as well) a normal jump ticket, one trip only, is 1,5 euro (can also used in busses, trams and metro but it becomes invalid after one hour)

    now, there's barley any information about the ticket for the whole day but i do think that we can travel the whole day for free (no, for 4 euro) and take every bus, tram, subway and train, as long as we stay in brussel.

    off course there's also plan C. call a taxi and just let us drive to there :grin:
     
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    :cry:

    Well, that sucks.

    Ricky, is your wife still coming along or not?
    Also if you're going to be in Brussels by 9:30 I'll just make sure I get there by 9:14. That'll mean a very early rising for me too, so I'll sympathize... :wink:

    Quillin, I'm sure 4 euros won't be a problem, and if it is, well, it's only 30 minutes to walk from Brussels South to the museum, at my pace when I was 14 or so. It should be doable.
     
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    walking is also an option.
    say, does one of you guys have a digital camera for the pics? i don't have one (i know, i'm running behind in this digital world)
     
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    Agreed :(

    No, she is working - which is why I'm getting the train.

    I'm happy with that plan - thanks for all the research :D
     
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    My brother might not be coming if we have to get to Brussels early - we, too, shall have to take a 6:03 train to be in Brussels in time. I'll still go, though, and he is still considering it. I will hear a definitive yes or no when he comes back from his holiday in Paris.
     
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    Ok, in order to get a cheaper train ticket, I need to leave Brussels at 20.30

    So somebody is going to have to spend the afternoon with me - hopefully showing me where to buy toffee-waffles... :grin:
     

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