We heard that 100,000 people virtually shut down the streets of central Brussels yesterday during a major pro-union demonstration. Not unusual in Europe, but we were glad we missed the chaos, since our last minute lodging choice here is right by Parliament.
Since our admittedly odd decision to have Brussels replace Zagreb, Croatia, we have had at least four people make recommendations on things to see and do in Brussels.
Initially, our plan was to go to Amsterdam on Friday the 9th, but rail services will be cancelled or severely curtailed tomorrow, due to an announced walkout by rail workers, affecting most train services from Belgium to Paris. We will have to settle for Bruges and Brussels on this little detour, before we get back on track on Saturday in Vienna.
But instead we will take it easy tomorrow and stick close to home and see the many sights of Brussels. Our taxi driver, our landlord, our new friend at the rail station, and Greg and Sue’s son Damien have all offered extensive suggestions that still will give us a fairly full day tomorrow.