Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 03:02:55 PM EST
Last week, I was in Brussels on business. I had absolutely no time for sight-seeing, so what follows is some light train blogging made up mostly of night shots, part of it during the Snowpocalypse.
A German Railways (DB) ICE3 arrives in Bruxelles-Midi (will this be the border station if the separatists have their way?):
Morning snow from my hotel window:
There wasn't much snow west of the Meuse; here the landscape races by at around 250 km/h:
Sunset at the Three Countries' Corner (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany):
In Germany, top speed was limited to 200 km/h on high-speed lines (to prevent damage to trackside equipment and train underframes from falling ice), thus all long-distance trains were late. Hence, in Frankfurt, instead of the two-hour stroll to the Christmas market on the Römer I planned, I got on the first train to Munich, after barely enough time to eat a Schnitzelbrötchen in the main station concourse:
Approaching Munich, heavy snowfall commenced outside – it was pretty impressive as it swirled around the train. As for Munich main station, it is now also a terminus for French National Railways' (SNCF) TGV trains from Paris:
Local trains dropped a lot of snow onto the tracks:
However, arriving against the rising Sun in Budapest, the water from the snow melting on the rooftop flowed down the windows (the big freeze arrived a few hours later):
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