Down the south of Brussels about 20 miles away lays lovely town Waterloo, the famous battlefield, where Napoleon was finally defeated by Wellington.
Worthy to climb the Lion Hill or take the guided tour around the spot for five euros (especially the tour mirrors the battlefield spirit). Also maps are only 1.50 euros.
It is best to visit on a Sunday, as that's the day for the famous flea market in Waterloo (next to Careffour supermarket) with antiques and about 300 food stalls.
Waterloo is approachable by train (a return is only three euros on weekend) from central station, or by bus from Brussels.
The number 44 tram takes you on a very pleasant journey from Art Nouveau Montgomery, in the east of the city centre, to suburban Tervuren, with wonderful parks and cafes, and its famous, controversial African museum.
The tram trundles along avenues of Art Nouveau mansions and impressive embassies, past parks, boating lakes (and Brussels tram museum!), and even through a forest all on its own, on a dedicated track away from all other traces of civilisation!
Eurostar tickets are valid to Brussels Midi and all stations in Belgium, so you can use them to travel to other destinations without buying a further ticket.
Not that Brussels itself isn't lovely, but this is makes it even easier to get to towns like Antwerp, Ghent or the coast. And it's so much more relaxing than flying!
Having arrived by Eurostar at Brussels Midi station, onwards travel is free to anywhere in Belgium.
When scouring the departure boards, be aware that Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve are totally different places. I very nearly set off in the wrong direction, to what sounded like where I wanted to go.
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