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advice on itinerary - Belgium and France in June

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advice on itinerary - Belgium and France in June

My DH just found out he will have a business trip to Brussels in June. We would like to make a vacation of it. (He only has business one day.) I was thinking to spend a few days in Belgium, several days in Paris and also see one other area of France. Probably would take a couple weeks total, but that's flexible as we don't yet have plane reservations.

We are middle-aged but in good shape and can walk long distances. We are especially interested in good food and wine, scenery, culture and historic sites We have minimal interest in art museums and shopping. Neither of us has been to Belgium before. I have never been to France - he was in Paris many years ago.

I know it's late to start to plan now, but we had no choice. That's why I need your help. What things should we not miss in Brussels and Paris? Given our interests, what other area of France would you suggest we visit? Any other advice? Thanks.

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1. Re: advice on itinerary - Belgium and France in June

< What things should we not miss in Brussels ... ? >

visitbrussels.be/bitc/…visiteur.do

http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=4664&

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2. Re: advice on itinerary - Belgium and France in June

In Belgium, Bruges, Ghent, Brussels should not be missed. City are close from each other (around 1H30 between Bruges & brussels).

In France, Paris is of course a good choice. Lot of things to see and to do.

Not to miss : Notre-Dame cathedral, Eiffel tower, Le Louvre or Musee d'Orsay for impressionists gallery (Claude Monet) , walking thru the city discover small places as "jardin du luxembourg", quartier latin, boat trip on the river "La Seine", drink at a terrace and simply observe the people...

If you're interested by wine and food, you can visit the whole land :-).

Every regions have their own speciality. Most famous wine regions are Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace. They are not at all at the same places, so choices are mandatory following the type of wine you appreciate. Whatever your choice, you should not be disappointed because landscapes and food are wonderful.

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3. Re: advice on itinerary - Belgium and France in June

Some good advice so far; Brussels (with the day trips to Gent and Brugge (Bruges) as suggested), Paris and one other place are about as much as you would want to attempt in two weeks.

When looking at flights, see if you can fly 'open-jaw' into one city and back from another (even Paris) so you don't need to backtrack to Brussels for your flight home.

Transport between Brussels and Paris is dead easy, regular high-speed 'Thalys' trains make the journey in 1 hour 20 minutes. Try and book as soon as you know when you want to travel, as advance fares are cheaper than booking close to time or on the day. www.thalys.com

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4. Re: advice on itinerary - Belgium and France in June

If his airfare is paid for or reimburseable since it is a business trip, see if they will allow an open jaw. Flying into BRU and returning from CDG is a very good suggestion.

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