Brussels next week. WWYD

(11 Posts)
blueteatowel Fri 25-Mar-16 10:51:25

Have a short 4 day leisure trip booked to Brussels next week with my adult and teen DC. My first thoughts after the sad incidents this week is that I did not want to go. My eldest DC is still happy to go and thinks risks are at least comparable to London, where we live. My youngest is not keen to go but has agreed to still come; will be anxious on the journey but likely to be OK whilst we are there. We agreed yesterday that we would still go. This morning I've had a bit of a wobble and wonder if possibly we shouldn't go. Hotel will refund without penalty and Eurostar will let us rebook for any time in the next 6 months.

WWYD? I'm not scared as such but wonder if I'm taking an unnecessary risk? But I've also been looking forward to having a few days break with my girls

DisappointedOne Fri 25-Mar-16 10:54:10

I'd go.

Trills Fri 25-Mar-16 10:59:15

I'd go.

VertigoNun Fri 25-Mar-16 11:05:25

I wouldn't go. It's up to each of you to decide if you can enjoy the trip.

SmellySourdough Fri 25-Mar-16 11:10:03

I would go (have been in brussels uesterday).

WonkoTheSane42 Fri 25-Mar-16 11:11:23

I would think Brussels would be one of the safest capitals in Europe right about now, if you see what I mean. A) terrorists aren't likely to hit the same place again so quick and b) security will be massively heightened.

pilpiloni Fri 25-Mar-16 11:11:40

I'd go. Sadly I think this is a risk in any major European city nowadays - including London. But the risk remains minimal really even if it is scary and you can't stop living your life.

BlueCheeseandcrackers Fri 25-Mar-16 11:12:08

I'd go. However if your not going to enjoy it and spend your time being anxious you could re book.

AmIthatbloodycold Fri 25-Mar-16 11:18:34

Of course it's up to you. I went to Belgium late last year, a week or so after the Paris murders, and right after the Brussels lockdown.

Although only passing through Brussels, I was very nervous on the flights, but had an amazing time once I got there.

While there, our taxi was re-routed one morning, as some roads had been closed off (taxi driver was very blasé about it - shrugged and said probably a bomb scare) but to be honest, we kind of took it in our stride.

I was in Glasgow City centre last week, and was probably at more risk there.

If you do decide to go, I hope you have a lovely time - and I recommend Neuhaus chocolate wink

SylviaWrath Fri 25-Mar-16 11:21:22

I'd go. For one thing I think its terribly unfair on the businesses, restaurants etc that not only have they had to suffer a terrorist attack, they also lose a lot of business because travellers stay away in the aftermath.

blueteatowel Fri 25-Mar-16 12:05:56

Thanks everyone. I agree the risks in major cities are sadly probably equal.

Part of still wanting to go is to encourage my younger to DD to face her anxiety as well. I also agree with supporting the local Brussels businesses too.

Onwards and upwards and hopefully one day we can see an end to this continual mess.

Thanks for the chocolate recommendation. Would be rude to visit Belgium and not sample the chocolate, beer or frites smile

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