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Sunday Star-Times - - Belguim -

More In­for­ma­tion:

fri­et­mu­seum.be; vis­it­flan­ders.com; frite­sate­lier.com.

Get­ting there:

Eti­had and Qatar Air­ways fly to Brus­sels. From there, An­twerp is a 30-minute train ride and Bruges is just un­der an hour. See eti­had.com, qatarair­ways.com, raileu­rope.com.au.

Stay­ing there:

Ho­tel Rubens Grote Markt is close to An­twerp Mar­ket Square on a quiet side street. The room decor blends luxe touches with the com­forts of home. See hotel­ruben­santwerp.be.

In Bruges, Mon­sieur Ernest com­bines the cosy touches of a small lodge with the de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties of a stylish in­ter­na­tional ho­tel. See mon­sieur­ernest.com.

Carb load­ing:

Res­tau­rants, kiosks and vans serv­ing fries are found ev­ery­where in Bel­gium. For a de­li­cious, fancy fries ex­pe­ri­ence, seek out chef Ser­gio Her­man’s ‘‘frites ate­liers’’ in An­twerp and Ghent. See frite­sate­lier.com.

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