When you don’t have the time to read three long waffly posts on Brussels… here’s one simple guide to a weekend in Brussels, the Brummie Home and Abroad way…

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A load of old balls, a disco escalator and the world’s heaviest bar stools…

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A tale of two cities, a train walk of shame and sampling more Brussels beer…

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When Mr Fletche suggested Brussels as an Easter/birthday getaway, I confess that I wasn’t overly enthused. What’s in Brussels, I asked? Home of the European Parliament, where they sit around discussing how much bend should be in our bananas? Sprouts (a vegetable that would certainly be consigned to my Room 101)? Tintin and his dog? A little boy peeing into a fountain? Instead, I was more than pleasantly surprised by what this vibrant and cosmopolitan city had to offer. Dull, grey and bureaucratic? Most definitely not…

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It might not be the perfect way, it might not be the cheapest way, but it’s the Brummie Home and Abroad way…

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“Mr Fletche and I spend 10 minutes admiring the maze of cobbled streets and quaint buildings housing hotels, shops and restaurants; and 30 minutes admiring a beer overlooking the lake”.

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”Why don’t we WALK to Hellbrunn?”

“Are you sure?”

“It’s only a couple of miles, straight down the river (ish) – we’ll pick up a picnic on the way, it’ll be so much FUN!!!”

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Growing up, Ma Lee’s dream had always been to visit Austria. Like a wish-granting genie, faster than Ma Lee could rustle up lederhosen from a pair of curtains, flights and hotels were booked for a September jaunt to Salzburg. And of course, we couldn’t let two travel novices like Ma and Pa Lee travel alone could we?

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What are your travel habits? And which ones will you try and break in 2016?

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Budapest Part 2: A Valentine’s date with an alpaca and a sloth…

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