Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is pretty much the same all year round -- totally unpredictable (we know it will rain, we just don't know when exactly). There is a very hot period of two-three weeks at end of May/first week of June. Otherwise, make sure you have rain-proof clothes and shoes, and an umbrella.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Should be able to get everything in the Pharamacies. Most of them speak some sort of English (and French and some Dutch).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hiking shoes for the south; biking gear for the north; waterproof either direction.
Luggage and bags: If you take the train, you will have to handle your own bags. Make sure you can lift them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I have only been to Brussels in November/December. In winter, rain showers are very common. Bring an umbrella or raincoat. Waterproof walking shoes/boots are ideal. It can be cold, so gloves and a hat/earmuffs are a good idea.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Adhesive bandages for blistered feet... and some aspirin if you plan on doing a pub crawl.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't miss to bring your rain coat. They have 225 rainy days overthere.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you want to go to public restroom you have to pay for 'madame pipi'. I don't remember exactly how much it was.
Miscellaneous: At the Grande Place you can find tourist information in the 'Hotel de ville' City hall. If you want to take a day tour to go to Amsterdam, Collogne (Germany), Antwerp, Brugge, Luxembourg ... just ask overthere.
Something to buy in Belgium is chocolat (Leonidas) and hand made (lace-maker) lace like nice pillow. The picture on the left is the Cathedrale St-Michel not far from the Grande Place.
Luggage and bags: The smaller the better!!! I had a huge case with me and even though it had wheels on it, a lot of the streets are finished with cobblestones which makes it very tiring for pulling bags around!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wrap up nice and warm in February.... Liable to snow at that time of year.
Miscellaneous: Make sure to bring an adaptor if you are travelling from a country like Ireland where the electricity supply uses 3 pin plugs, and DON'T leave your adaptor plugged in to the wall when you leave your hotel, ESPECIALLY when your mobile phone has very little power left!!
The Weather in...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No problems with the ladies rooms and lots of doctors and apotheeks. Good medical system.
Photo Equipment: DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA AND FILMS OF 200 ASA (cloudy weather). Your films can be developped in several days in a very cheap shop called DI (esthetical shop with also photo department) or you can develop it in a one hour shop development (so you can see immediately if you're pictures are OK or not!!)
Miscellaneous: MONEY : when you change money, it's always good to have coins of 50 FB and 5 FB (for instance : a bus/metro ticket costs 55 FB).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Unfortunately, Belgium is a cold and raining country. We can sometimes have hot summer (or nice months of May or September) but take a umbrella with you !
I always suggest to take good walking shoes when you travel because walking around the city the whole day can be painful for your feet.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: First of all, ask yourself what kind of a holiday you're going to have. If you intend to do alot of sightseeing and walking, you should pack along a comfortable pair of shoes/ sandals. However, if you plan on having a relaxing holiday and visiting the museums et al, then I'd suggest that you pack along some smart casuals and a lovely pair of shoes. Remember, no matter which country you are in, there are ALWAYS a group of people who'd judge you by the way you dress. So, it is always advisable to look presentable at ALL times... unless of course, if you are Madonna herself. Then you can get away with ANYTHING! :-)
Photo Equipment: I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaks down. My friends used to laugh at me.... until their one and only camera broke down. Then when they had to RELY SOLELY on me and my amateurish photographic skills, they stopped laughing. Yes, immediately. Serve them right! :-))
Miscellaneous: DON'T forget to bring along your ATM card and.... an open mind. Remember, if your ATM card is linked to international networks like 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange' etc, you can withdraw money from any ATM machines in the world. What's more, you'd even benefit from the LOW interbank exchange rates being given to you vis-a-vis if you were to change it at your local money-changer. I have survived on this method for ALL my trips abroad and so far, no ATM machines have failed me. Yes, even in the remotest villages in Africa.
:-)) If you haven't tried this method, I challenge you to do so today. And be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save at the end of the day using this method. I kid you not!
Photo Below: Place du Sablon.
'One of the gladdest moments in human life, me thinks is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one might effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden Weight of Routine, the Cloak of many Cares and the Slavery of Home, one feels once more Happy, the blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood... A journey, in fact, appeals to Imagination, to Memory, to Hope -- the three sister graces of our moral being.' - Sir Richard Francis Burton
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather here is very changeable-it can be sunny for an hour, rainy for half an hour, then sunny again. So, it's advisable to always have a raincoat or umbrella prepared!
- Family Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take with you raincoats or parkas with impermeable fabrics. It applies for winter, fall and... even for summer. Strange but within latest years, July is sometimes rainy in Belgium.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Hiking and Walking
- Business Travel
Luggage and bags: Do not forget the umbrella because it rains a lot in Belgium. But you have to accept it and get used to it - anyway the country is nice!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There is no particular dress code in Belgium.
Miscellaneous: If you visit Brussels in the winter,well bring your umbrella and rain jacket.
Miscellaneous: Take some special beers back home.
In this shop you'll find all kind of beers and a lot of gadgets, t-shirts, ... related to beer.