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We meet the traveller in England, impart to him the information necessary for the

purpose of preparation, directing him in reference to the management of his passport and luggage at home and on the Continent; we lead him by the most approved routes through his tour, and place before him every item of instruction useful to him in his journey. We do not, however, say that our work is faultless. Were it so, we should have achieved an impossibility, for we believe that Hand-Books are watches, the worst better than none-the best cannot be expected to go quite true.” We know the severe ordeal a Hand-Book for travellers abroad has to pass through ; we can thoroughly appreciate the merciless criticism which will test its truth when weighing its accuracy on the very spot described, but, however, we fearlessly and confidingly launch it forth, trustful in the forbearance of all, whilst hopeful that those who make use of it will kindly favour us by forwarding to us corrections of any errors or inaccuracies they may discover in it.

In conclusion, we can only remark that in the editing of the present volume we have aimed at the medium between an useless repetition of detail, and the annoyance of a tasteless brevity of description; and trust the traveller may not find it less useful than interesting.

INTRODUCTION.

PASSPORTS—Moner-PestING-DILIGENCES, HIRED CARRIAGES, BARRIERS, ROADS

-VIGILANTES—BELGIAN HOTELS-PRICES OF REFRESHMENT AT THE BELGIAN RAILWAY STATIONS GENERAL VIEW OF BELGIUM-RAILWAYS IN BELGIUM.

See BRADSHAW's Continental Guide, published monthly, for the latest particulars

under these several heads.

PASSPORTS.-CUSTOM HOUSE.-MONEY-POSTING.

PASSPORTS are not required on entering Belgium, and they are also abolished in Holland, as far as British subjects are concerned; but whether required or not, it is always useful for the traveller to have one to shew when called upon. It may be obtained through our Agent, Mr. W. J. Adams, 59, Fleet Street. Consulate, 60, Paternoster Row; Embassy, 43, Brook Street.

Custom House.—Travellers proceeding through Belgium to the Rhine must enter their luggage for Cologne, where it is examined.

MONEY.—Circular notes are given by most of the principal London Bankers, and form a very safe and convenient kind of Letters of credit. The arrangements for cashing them in the various countries through which the traveller may have to pass are very simple and efficient, precluding almost the possibility of fraud. As a letter of indication is given with them, we would caution tourists to keep the one in their pocket-book and the other in their baggage. Although in some places accounts are still kept in guilders and cents, French money is so generally current that a traveller who confines himself to Belgium need not provide himself with any other. At all the large towns English sovereigns will be readily exchanged, and should command the full equivalent of 25 fr. 20 cts., or as near as possible, according to the rate of exchange. A new gold coin, 25 francs value, has recently been issued. The Belgian bank issues notes of the value of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 5 francs.

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BELGIAN AND FRENCH MONEY.

SILVER COIN.
i Franc = 100 centimes= 20 sous ................
* Franc = 25 centimes
* Franc 50 centimnes
5 Francs.

ENGLISH.
S. d.
0 10= 8s.gr.
0 21
0 5
4 2

GOLD COINS.

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Louis d'or = 24 francs

Leopold d'or, Napoleon, or Twenty Franc Piece...... 15 10 POSTING is now nearly obsolete, but a post is equivalent to five English, or about one German, mile, or to two Belgian or French leagues. The charge per post, for each horse, is 1 fr. 30 cts., and for each postilion that distance, 15 sous. A berlin or landau will take three or four horses ; a chariot, three; britzka, though carrying the same number of persons, two.

DILIGENCES.-HIRED CARRIAGES.-BARRIERS.-ROADS. On all the high roads which have no railroads to compete with, diligences are found to run. They travel at the rate of about six miles an hour, and generally belong to private individuals licensed by government.

HIRED CARRIAGES.-A voiture, with two horses, can be engaged for about 30 fr. er day, including 5 fr. to the driver. 25 fr. a day, back fare, must be paid (making in all 50 fr. for carriage and horses).

BARRIERS.—There is a toll-gate each league, at which four-wheeled carriages are charged 10 cents., and each horse 20 cents., the return included.

ROADS.-In general the Belgian roads are paved, thus rendering travelling over them very fatiguing, especially to ladies.

VIGILANTES.-A kind of cab called by the above name can be hired for 1 fr., or before 7 a.m. for lf fr., which will convey the traveller and his luggage to his resting place. He should take one at once on his arrival and thus såve himself the annoyance he is, otherwise, sure to suffer from porters and commissionnaires of the hotels.

The general tariff is 1 fr. per course, and, if engaged by the hour, 1f fr. the first hour, and 1 fr. each hour afterwards.

BELGIAN HOTELS-BUFFETS-CARRIAGES, &c. HOTELS.The following are the average charges :

-From 15 to 27 fr. for bed ; table d'hôte, 2 to 3 fr.; dinner in a separate apar nt, by one's self, 5 fr., supper at

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table d'hôte, 1 fr. 50 cents. to 2 fr.; a bottle of Bordeaux vin ordinaire, 8 fr.; breakfast with eggs and meat, 1 fr. 50 cents.; coffee, tea, and bread and butter, 1 to 1} fr.; servants, 50 cents. to 1 fr. each.

PRICES OF REFRESHMENTS AT THE BELGIAN RAILWAY STATIONS OR BUFFETS. Buffets-Restaurants établis dans les Stations de Malines, Tirlemont, Landen, Liége, Pepinster, Verviers, Gand, Courtrai, Mouscron, Brain-le-Comte, et Quiévrain.Tarif des Comestibles et Boissons. fr.cts.

fr.cts. Bouillon 0 40 Vin de Cabarus, long bouchon, seconde

3 0 Beefsteak aux pommes de terre, avec pain. 1 10 qualité ......................

..la bouteilles Roastbeef aux pommes de terre, avec pain. 1 10 Id. de Château-Margaux

id. 5 Filet de bouf rôti................................... 1 10 Id. de Volney

8 0 Côtelette de mouton .................................

0 75
Id. de Pomard ........................

id. 3 0 Portion de veau chaud qu côtelettes avec

Id. de Nuits .............................

id. 3 0 1 0 pommes de terre

Id. de Châblis

id.

0 Portion de pôulet chaud. 1 50 Id. de Moselle

id. 3 50 Veau froid avec un petit pain

075 Id. de Grave, prém. qualité...... id. 3 50 Jambon id. id. 075 Id. id. seconde id.

id. 8 0 Bauf salé id. id.

0 75
Id. de Tours ......................

id. 2 50 Langue fumée id. id. 0 75 Id. de Rhin, prém. qualité

id.

0 Poulet froid, la portion 1 50 Id. id. seconde id.

id. 3 80 Fromage, pam et beurre......

040 Champagne mousseux, la bouteille de 6fr. à 10fr. Id. Anglais, pain et beurre

050

VINS DE LIQUEUR. Un petit pain, beurre et fromage.............. 040

Madère

......................................le verre 0 60 Déjeûner (café ou thé, pain et beurre) 050 | Malaga

id. 0 60 Café la demi-tasse 0 60 Muscat

id. 0 60 BIRRES.

Frontignan ou Lunel..................... id. 0 60 Une bouteille de Faro ou de Diest ............ 0 60

id. 0 78 Le verre .................................................

0 16 Sherry (Xérès) ......................... id. 0 60 Une bouteille de lambic ............................4

050

LIQUEURS. Une cruchon de Louvain

0 32 Schiedam .....................................le verre 038 Le verre 016 Amer de Hollande

0 35 Une bouteille de Bière de Bavière 075 Eau-de-Vie

id. 0 35 Bière brune, le verre .....................****** 0 12 Cognac, Rhum, Kirsch

id. 0 36 Pale ale, la bouteille le verre ................ 1 Į0 Liqueurs fines de toute espèce id. 0 80 VINS. Marasquin

id. 0 75 Vin de Bordeaux ordinaire ......la bouteille % 0 Punch à l'eau chaunde....

id. 0 80
Id.
id. .......la i id. 1 0

RAFRAÎCHISSEMENT.
Id. de St. Julien ....................la bouteille 3 0 Sirop de groiseille, de mûres, de fram,
Id. de St. Emilion ..................la bouteille 3 0 boises, de limon, ou de punch, le verres

050 Id. de St. Estèphe id. 8 0 Limonade ou orgeat

id. 0 80 Id. de Cabarus, long bouchon, prémiére,

Grog ou orgeat ..............

id. 050 qualité ............la bouteilles

3 50
Eau sucrée avec eau de fleur d'oranger

le verres NOTE.— The pricus quotod in the above tablo must not always be deponded upon, the charges sometimes varying at the difforent stations.

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BELGIAN AND FRENCH MONEY.

SILVER COIN.
i Franc = 100 centimes= 20 sous ..............................
| Franc = 25 centimes

Franc = 50 centimes
5 Francs

ENGLISH.
8. d.
0 10= 8s.gr.
0 2
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GOLD COINS,

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Louis d'or = 24 francs

Leopold d'or, Napoleon, or Twenty Franc Piece...... 15 10 POSTING is now nearly obsolete, but a post is equivalent to five English, or about one German, mile, or to two Belgian or French leagues. The charge per post, for each horse, is 1 fr. 30 cts., and for each postilion that distance, 15 sous. A berlin or landau will take three or four horses ; a chariot, three; britzka, though carrying the same number of persons, two.

DILIGENCES.-HIRED CARRIAGES.-BARRIERS.-ROADS. On all the high roads which have no railroads to compete with, diligences are found to run.

They travel at the rate of about six miles an hour, and generally belong to private individuals licensed by government.

HIRED CARRIAGES.-A voiture, with two horses, can be engaged for about 30 fr. er day, including 5 fr. to the driver. 25 fr. a day, back fare, must be paid (making in all 50 fr. for carriage and horses).

BARRIERS.—There is a toll-gate each league, at which four-wheeled carriages are charged 10 cents., and each horse 20 cents., the return included.

ROADS.—In general the Belgian roads are paved, thus rendering travelling over them very fatiguing, especially to ladies.

VIGILANTES.-A kind of cab called by the abové náme can be hired for 1 fr., or before 7 a.m. for lf fr., which will convey the traveller and his luggage to his resting place. He should take one at once on his arrival and thus save himself the annoyance he is, otherwise, sure to suffer from porters and commissionnaires of the hotels.

The general tariff is 1 fr. per course, and, if engaged by the hour, if fr. the first hour, and i fr. each hour afterwards.

BELGIAN HOTELS—BUFFETS-CARRIAGES, &c. HOTELS.-The following are the average charges :-From 1f to 23 fr. for bed ; table hôte, 2 to 3 fr.; dinner in a separate apartment, by one's self, 5 fr., supper at

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