Under the English Channel
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Having spent the night in London, we arrived at Waterloo International railway station an hour before departure. Having done the check-in formalities, (a bit like flying - all the security checks and passport control), we were off on the dot of 10.40 a.m. We sped across Kent in bright sunshine and were soon plunged into the darkness of the Channel Tunnel. After 20 minutes we emerged again into the brightness of Le France. After a stop at Lille, we reached Brussels in a total time of just over 2 hours. It may be useful to know that the Eurostar ticket to Brussels is valid for anywhere in Belgium on the day of travel.
Next challenge - find the train to Bruges. Not speaking a word of Flemish, we were lucky to chance on asking two guys who spoke perfect English - "you need the train the train to Ostende or Knockenburg" Success- in 10 minutes we were off, travelling back North towards the coast and in under an hour we were there.
After quickly unpacking, we were keen to explore; after a bite to eat we were off. The historic centre is awesome - it's like a huge film set! Most of the buildings are superb examples from 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th century. Walking around the cobbled streets is such a treat. Our immediate areas were the huge Market Square with The Belfry and Government Palace, and then the magnificent 14th century Town Hall.