19 Jan 2010
MY WORLD - Brussels Main Station
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If ever one day you arrive by train in Brussels you will arrive at the main station where I take you today.
Bruxelles-Midi (Brussels South) is the major railway station in Brussels. The station is bilingual French-Flemish (dutch), or at least should be, but if you take a closer look most of the informations are written in English that way it wouldn't offend neither the French nor the Flemish speaking people in Brussels. With both languages, there would be no room enough on the signs.
The railway station opened in 1869. In 1949 the station was demolished and replaced by the current yellow building with the clock tower.
An old picture. The South station outside, has the still the same look today .
In the 1990s the terminals of the high speed train Eurostar which runs through the chanel tunnel and connects France to the UK and the Thalys which runs to Paris, were added.
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the huge hall
At the entrance of the Eurostar, there is this typical English telphone booth
and seats in front of "Air France"
A car rental office and not a red zone spot !
Snacks, cafés and restaurants
Boutiques and shops
of course the Belgian chocolate
the way through a shopping gallery
Not much work anymore mostly to exchange $ and £. Nearly all European countries have now the Euro currency.
A design of Hergé the "father" of Tintin and Snowy
and his signature