The arrival of US President Joe Biden in Belgium is dominating headlines as he meets with prominent EU leaders as part of his first official trip abroad since assuming the presidency.
Fascinating, and way more on it here, but not the focus of the newsletter today.
Instead, I want to talk about the odd little addition that comes with any visit of a high ranking official to Belgium.
The dreaded security perimeters.
Venturing around the city can start to feel more like an art than science, especially for those with the misfortune of venturing into the Bubble. Getting from point A to point B often requires redirection through C-F, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people recall stories of how they planned to leave the city only to learn the ring road is partially closed, while the rest is at a standstill.
So no, today is not about Biden, more of a heads up to anyone with plans. Here are the currently planned disruptions, learn them well, study them before you go anywhere.
AND PLEASE, if you happen to see any more, let @johnstonjules know.
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Brussels Airlines is resuming its flights to the United States from today/Monday, with a flight to New York being the company’s first transatlantic flight since March 2020. Read more.
US President Joe Biden has arrived in Belgium for a historic visit as part of his first official trip abroad since assuming the presidency. Read more.
President of the United States Joe Biden landed in Belgium on Sunday evening and will stay in Brussels from 13 to 15 June, which will result in the closing off of several districts in the region and the disruption of traffic. Read more.
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The restoration of the imposing yacht once owned by late Belgian singer Jacques Brel is almost finished and could now become protected under the national patrimony. Read more.