Monday, May 26, 2008

3 Meals, 3 Countries, 1 Day plane flights.
Only in Europe.
This past week I had a conference in Luxembourg, a fine place which is often overlooked on the tourist map, but will be the subject of a future Linköpinglivin' blog coming soon.
When the Wednesday - Friday conference ended, I decided to spend some time in the English countryside across the channel from Belgium, which is just north of Luxembourg. A couple train rides later, I was in London, but not before waking up to breakfast in Luxembourg, a train ride to, lunch in and some sightseeing around Brussels and finally a Eurostar "Chunnel" express train under the English Channel, my first experience of this heralded transportation triumph. Dinner in London then completed my accidental accomplishment.
3 meals, 3 countries, 1 day.
And without any plane rides.
Only in Europe.
I love this place.
Okay, in looking at a map, one could perhaps pull this feat off in Central America or Southeast Asia, but certainly not North America.
3 meals, 3 countries, 1 day.
Good times.
Pictures above:
1. What some consider the grandest square in all of Europe, Brussels' Le Grand Place is seen here with schoolchildren complementing the impressive views.
2. Belgium's beer is known to be the finest in Europe (along with the Czech Republic's).
3. With my friend Andrew who lives in Luxembourg. The valley below makes Luxembourg's vistas striking, leaving Luxembourg greatly underestimated by most tourists.
4. A quick weekend in the English countryside of course included a friendly greeting from the sheep.
5. Brussels' city icon is a little boy called, well, Mannekin Pis. Legend has it that the city was once burning in a fire and one courageous youngster did everything he possibly could to put the fire out. London's Big Ben, Paris' Eiffel, Rome's Colosseum and Brussels' Mannekin Pis (Dutch for "little man pee").

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