BeNeLux Belgium Travel Thread

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  1. GetchaPull

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    Unfortunately not. Won't be up there until the end of the month. Enjoy!
     
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    Good chance I'll be there. Not sure just yet
     
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    Finally booked our bnb in Brussels for the Quintessence trip, so I'm ready to pour over this thread. Five minute walk from Moeder Lambic!

    Something I assume was probably not covered much that I would appreciate would be any tips for things to do with kids (6 and 3). My sister in law is tagging along, so we have a sitter for a couple days, but we'll still be looking for kid-friendly things to do.
     
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    I know Cantillon served me lambic when I was 10
    3 may be pushing it though
     
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    It's been 25 years since I was a child in Brussels (and not that young), but... Mannekin Pis (snicker), Legoland, Frites.
     
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    The war museum and car museum are really cool and right next to each other in a beautiful park
     
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    This should be pretty fun.

     
  9. Kraftster

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    Phew. Finished the whole thread. Amazing resource; thanks to all who have contributed.

    My rough itinerary is:
    4/30: Arrive around noon. Scope out the city, eat a good dinner w/ party, prepare for Quintessence.
    5/1: Quintessence and associated frivolity w/ friends. (wife, sister in law, kids to zoo in Antwerp for the day)
    5/2: Sitter day. Car rental w/ day trip to Fantome (assuming I can coordinate) w/ wife and friends. Maybe Tilquin since I'll have a car? Possibly Ought @ Botanique that night.
    5/3: up for grabs. Probably Bruges or Gent w/ the family (friends head to Amsterdam)
    5/4: Head to London
    5/8: Return to Brussels to fly out 5/9 am.

    A few questions, and I also welcome any tips/advice not specifically solicited:

    (1) I will have 4 empty checked bags available for bottle stocking. Per the good advice from some TBers in the Quintessence thread, I plan to stash those in a locker while visiting London. I am not concerned about bringing whales home. I'd just love to accumulate some lambic (and tomes) while I can take advantage of checked bags. I gather to-go bottles from the sources will be the best bet here, but what impact does Quintessence (and NoGT) have on this? It would be a bummer to not be able to make use of those bags. I could always make my rounds on 5/8 when I return if those few days would make a difference?

    (2) Not much discussion of Fantome visits. Can anyone suggest any restaurants for lunch/dinner on that trip? It looks like Hotton is probably the closest area with multiple options? Rochefort seems reasonably close?

    (3) Almost no discussion of Tilquin. It's a bit inconvenient compared to other options, but maybe it will be worth a stop since I will have a car that one day? Any impressions of whether it'd be worth the stop?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Tilquin is only open on Saturdays for a few hours unless you have 10 people for a one-off tour on a different day. Never hurts to ask though.

    Fantome is similar in terms of limited hours (can't remember specifics, only been there once), but recommend reaching out to Dany as he may be able to accommodate.

    Can't go wrong with Bruges or Ghent.

    Enjoy your trip!
     
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    Oh yeah, and anyone ever see a concert at Bontanique? Seems like it could be a very cool venue.
     
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    Is Cuvée Lambikstoemper available for onsite consumption anywhere?
     
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    Compton25 ‘s cellar.
     
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    Obvious response is obvious.
     
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    I've been, lovely little venue. Ended up in a squat afterwards, serving grapes I got from a bearded man dressed in harem clothes (skirt, veil, etc)...
     
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    See you guys tomorrow steinbbr primebeer evmo31

    I'll wear a Tilquin t-shirt.
     
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    On my way to the airport now. Coming in hot of the red eye.
     
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    I'm not gonna make it :(
     
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    Ah bummer :(
     
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    Does anyone know of a good breakfast spot in the Manneken Pis area? Also ISO chocolate recs. It's probably been handled in this thread before but I can't seem to find it.