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5 Must-Reads for Your Next Train Journey

5 Must-Reads for Your Next Train Journey

Uncategorized | February 2, 2018

There’s no better way to travel the world than by train, and there’s no better companion for an incredible rail vacation than a good book. Take the scenic route and lose yourself between the pages of these five must-read novels aboard your next Railbookers journey.

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Rain Sun Cobbles, Belgium

Uncategorized | November 13, 2015

Synonymous with Brussels is the truly astonishing Grand Place, it is quite literally breathtaking, one of Europe’s most spectacular architectural triumphs, if not one of the most famous. Our accommodation was at the wonderful 4* family run Leopold Hotel, just a short 15-20 minute walk through the picturesque Brussels park  from the Central rail station.

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Bruges vs Ghent

Uncategorized | June 20, 2014

Last time I went to Bruges was from college so my memory of the place was quite hazy to say the least. In fact, a distant memory would be more accurate. So I was very excited to be going there again. This time, however, we were also combining it with a day in Ghent. I am not one for an early start so I wasn’t too pleased with the Eurostar leaving at 8:04 from St Pancras but at least I didn’t need to be there two hours before departure like I would have had to for a flight.

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Destination Belgium

Uncategorized | June 16, 2014

The Eurostar departed promptly from London St Pancras at 08.04 am. We raced through France, briefly stopping in Lille before arriving in Brussels at 11.05. After changing trains we had a short wait before we were on our way to Bruges. The sun shining gloriously made for a striking journey as we cruised through the Belgian countryside.

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Battlefields of the Ypres Salient

Uncategorized | April 29, 2014

A minibus was waiting outside the British Grenadier Bookshop in the centre of Ypres to take our small group of six on our full day tour of the Ypres Salient. After a short drive we arrived at the first stop of the day, the former first aid dressing station which is forever linked with John Macrae’s famous poem, In Flanders Fields.

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Discovering Ghent

Uncategorized | September 19, 2013

The 08:52 Eurostar leaves St Pancras, Brussels bound, on time and full of an eclectic mixture of suited businessmen and excited international tourists. Although I am a tourist, it will not be my first visit to Belgium’s capital and so with dreams of the familiar crunch of sugared waffles – so close I can almost smell them! – I drift off as the train glides through the rainy English countryside before dipping under the channel, escorting us to the continent.

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Re-visiting Brussels

Uncategorized | July 31, 2013

My last visit to Brussels had been as a teenager on a college trip, when we were shown around the European Parliament building. Whilst the building was impressive, being a teenager with no interest in politics at that time, Brussels did not make a great impression on me. So going back for the first time since then and as an adult I felt a little anxious as I boarded the Eurostar to start my journey – anxious to find out if the memories of a teenager had any merit. Is there more to Brussels?

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