It was a short trip from Rotterdam to Brussels. We arrived on a slightly cloudy day, but it wasn't raining. I was amazed at how old Brussels looks, even compared to many of the other older European cities I have been to. This is likely exaggerated by the fact that we arrived into the city center through some of the older and lower-income parts. The main downtown area was a little cleaner, however, it is clear that most of the city lacks the significant modern growth of many other large European Union cities. I can imagine it looked almost exactly the same during WWII as it does now, minus the modern cars.
I took a few pictures from the train as we approached the Midi train station.
Despite the older look of the city on the outside, the train stations and subway stations are quite modern inside. Once at Brussels Midi, I walked around to make sure I knew where I needed to be to catch the Eurostar to London. It turns out they have quite a large and nice entry with significant security for entering the UK.
Once I was sure of where to go, I headed for the subway station to find my hotel and check in. I would be arriving back in Brussels late in the evening, and didn't want to be wondering around looking for the hotel in this city in the dark.
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