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Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance

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Attraction | "A Memorial to Belgium's Lost Jews"

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When it comes to Belgian towns and cities you may not have heard of Mechelen. Located on the road from Brussels to Antwerp its a lovely little city with its soaring Gothic cathedral and ornate town hall. Unfortunately pretty little Mechelen has a skeleton in its closet, as in 1942 the town's Dossin de St. Georges military barracks were converted by the Nazis to hold Belgium's Jewish population alongside other "undesirables" such as gypsies ready to be deported to their deaths in the Concentration camps. Part of the former barracks/camp were converted in the early 1990s into a touching memorial to Belgium's Holocaust in the form of the "The Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance" .I ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 7, 2011

Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance
Goswin De Stassartstraat 153
Mechelen, Belgium

Alijnhuis

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Attraction | "Social History the Flemish Way at the Huis Van Alijin"

Alijnhuis Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Familiarity breeds contempt so they say, but sometimes it can also be very comfortable. Recently whilst in Ghent I visited the Huis Van Alijin Museum of Folklore and found it to be very much the latter. The Huis van Alijin Museum is housed in some charming almshouses that surround a central courtyard located opposite Ghent's main canal. These medieval almshouses came about in a very romantic but tragic way. In the fourteenth century there were two rival families in the cloth trade. These were the Alijins and the Rijms. The Rijms murdered two of the Alijins and due to this the Rijms were sentenced to death but were pardoned as long as they founded almshouses to provide shelter fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2009

Alijnhuis
Kraanlei 65
Ghent, Belgium

De Barge Hotel

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Hotel | "De Barge Really Floats My Boat"

De Barge Hotel Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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I like something a little bit different and out of the ordinary. When looking for accommodation for a night in Bruges I stumbled across De Barge which is a hotel in an converted barge and immediately was drawn to it. It looked very cosy, quirky and was within our budget. My instincts were right. Luckily a colleague had coincidentally recently spent a night at De Barge and really sang its praises saying it was "the best hotel she had ever stayed at". After this recommendation I immediately booked De Barge for one night midweek in late June. I booked our room, a double cruise cabin online. We booked a double cruise cabin which is normally 115 Eros per night. We paid only 89 Eros for the room (about ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2009

De Barge Hotel
Bargeweg 15
Bruges, Belgium
+32 50 38 51 50

Tourist Hotel

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Hotel | "Not Really a Tourist Hotel"

Tourist Hotel Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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When does a hotel go from being basic to being a bit of a dive. I pondered this question on my recent stay at the Tourist Hotel in Antwerp.The Tourist Hotel is a 2/3 star hotel (depending on which website you consult) across the road from Antwerp's main railway station. I stayed there for three nights in August. 2008.We booked the hotel via a special offer in the Metro. We were attracted to it as it was very reasonable. We paid £135 per person for Eurostar travel and three nights accommodation (the deal was to get three nights for the price of one).We were not too bothered about the hotel as it was a place to sleep, eat breakfast and wash as we were going to explore Antwerp not sit in a ho...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 7, 2009

Tourist Hotel
PELIKAANSTRAAT 20
Antwerp, Belgium
32-32325870

Brussels on a Budget

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Mannakin Pis Photo, Belgium, Europe
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Question What does one do when you want to celebrate finishing the taught part of a Masters degree and want to go away but are so broke even the cheapest trip to Spain is not an option? Answer.Book a very cheap flight for a mini break to Brussels the capital of Belgium. I did this in June 2003 and I had a great time. I flew with Ryanair from John Lennon airport in Liverpool to Charleroi airport in Brussels. Or so I thought it was in Brussels. It was near enough an hour from the airport to Midi railway station. The connecting bus is a rip off at 10 euros. Since there were four of us on the way there we took a taxi that cost us 35 euros. The airfare was re...Read More