Traveling within Bruges (Brugge), Belgium – Transport Information

The best way to get around Bruges is to walk. The centre is only about 15 minutes walk from the station. Also there are buses leaving from the station every 10 minutes. There is also a taxi stand at the station. The buses would have the “Centrum” tag on it. For the centre one can get down at Markt.

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How to get to Bruges (Brugge), Belgium – Transportation

For international travelers the airports most convenient for Bruges include Brussels airport (Zaventem) from where it takes about an hour, the Charleroi Airport towards the south of Brussels which is about an hour and half from Bruges and the Ostend Airport which is for charters and private jets. 

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Bruges (Brugge), Belgium – An Introduction

Belgium (actually Kingdom of Belgium) has three official regions – the Flemish region, Walloon region and the Brussels-Capital region. The Flemish region (originally Flanders) occupies the northern part of Belgium. This region has five provinces – Antwerp, Limburg, East Flanders, West Flanders and Flemish Brabant. The largest three cities in this region are Antwerp, Gent and Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch).

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The Pavilion of Happiness, Brussels

The Expo’1958 was an important event for Belgium. Apart from the Expo itself , it gave the country an amazing structure – the Atomium. This underlying messages are those of progress, modernity, universalism and happiness.

To commemorate the 50th year of expo ‘58, a number of events and exhibitions are  being organized at the Atomium between April 17th and October 19th 2008. To house some of these events, a temporary structure called the “Pavilion of happiness” is being set up. The idea is to represent the spirit of 1958 but with materials having relevance to 2008. It should also do justice to the existing atom shaped structure.  Thus choice of building material is quite novel and would immediately pique one’s interest. The focus was on environmentally friendly and reusable material without any wastage. It is made of 43,000 beer crates (obviously Belgian). There are metal frameworks supporting the roof. The crates would function as building blocks.
The exterior of the Pavilion of Happiness at the Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Shown above is the exterior of the Pavilion of Happiness and below is the beautiful interior.

Interior of the Pavilion of Happiness, Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

The exhibitions and film screenings would show the history of previous World fairs and stress what the Atomium symbolizes.   Logo of the 50th anniversary celebrations of 1958 Expo
The noted attractions would be the exhibition dedicated to Lucien De Roeck along with the Star (called “the star of Lucien De Roeck), the symbol of Expo’58. The entire area from Blvd. du Centenaire, the Atomium Square and the Place Louis Steens would have panels representing the star of De Roeck and pictures from the Expo’58. The Walk along the Pavilions, fireworks, concerts, dances etc. are on the anvil. The ball is slated for the August 15th weekend. The films will focus on documentaries/short films and some ‘50s American and French films among others.
The Pavilion of temporary happiness will be open from April 18th to October 19th daily. It would be open from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. with the ticket counter closing at 6 P.M. On Thursdays it will be open from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. with the counter closing at 9 P.M.

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