I start with a small overview of essential practical info (A)
before going into more details and characteristics of our home and neighborhood (B)
to endwith some more general information and a few tips and tricks for specific places and local activities
1. ADRESS = Boulevard du Jubilée / Jubelfeestlaan 27
(NOTE: Brussels’ streets always have two names: one french and one dutch - most people, taxi drivers and other delivery services use/know/prefer rather French than Dutch addresses.
our home is located on a large Boulevard that has easy connections to Brussels’ main airports (Zaventem & BXL-Charleroi) as well as international train / bus stations. All of Belgium’s other major cities (Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp for Flandres - Liège, Charleroi and Mons for Wallonia) and even the remotest tourist area’s (The North Sea in the North - Ardennes in the South) can be reached in less than two-hour train rides. Depending on your use, Belgian railways (NMBS/SNCB) offer various formulas and online services. Info here: http://www.belgianrail.be/en/Default.aspx
3. CITY TRANSPORT
3.1. CAR / PERSONAL TRANSPORT:
although our home address can be easely reached by car, Brussels is NOT A CAR FRIENDLY CITY, (it is fact the world’s capital of car congested chaos). Traffic is dense, often blocked and unpredictable, resulting in nervous driving by frustrated drivers, not to mention the epic quest for free (yet expensive) parking spaces.
although the city is trying to encourage cycling the attempts for improving the infrastructure for non-motorised transport often result in an inversion of the evolutionary principle of trial and error (many errors resulting in legal trials). In short: Brussels ISN’T EXACTLY A BIKE FRIENDLY CITY NEITHER.
3.3. PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
In that case, Brussels must be proud of its efficient and modernized public transport u assume!? Wrong: although it is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to move around the city, the MIVB network can be very confusing for inexperienced users. Best is to buy a week pass and always validate any transit on any vehicle!
Gare du Nord train station is only a few km away from our place. Our address is connected with all available public (METRO city-BUS TRAM) and all commercial / TAXI transport system (at almost all hours of the day). Best reference to asking for directions is RIBAUCOURT (metro station). Our street is located opposite of RIBAUCOURT METRO STATION’s EXIT and our building at 100 m from that same EXIT on AVENUE ALBERT II). One station further is SIMONIS METRO STATION which is a TRANSIT STATION for the two most important underground lines (1 & 2). Together they connect the entire city (cultural and economical hotspots).
Depending on your urban biking skills and cycling experience, there are different rental options. Easiest, most diverse and best quality option probably is http://www.cyclo.org/en, but there are many alternatives, just send me your preferences and I'll give u all necessary info. If u don't like or dare to ride a bike, just walk short distances and/or use public transport for longer trips. Cars are good for trips to peripheral green zones such as De Plantentuin in Meise, Hallerboos or Zonienwoud or other cities, but of no real use in the city center. Don't worry, Brussels has many secrets and after living here for almost twenty years there isn't a week that goes by without discovering new and exciting things/places/people.
B. THE APARTMENT AND NEIGHBORHOOD