My husband and I will be in Paris in January of 2014. W'd like to take a train from Paris to either Brussels or Bruges. and spend 5 to 7 days in the area. We w'd also like to take day trips to Ghent, Antwerp, and Leuven. ( no Amsterdam .been there). We have never taken a train so we don't care which one of the mentioned cities we go to as base as long as it is a direct train ride from Paris. Qs:
1. Bruges or Brussels as a better base in terms of ease to get us to the other cities on day trips?
2. Are there frequent trains from my base ( either Bruges or Brussels, or even Antwerp) to the others?
3. Cost wise, which city provides nice and clean accommodation at the most reasonable price so I may consider it as one of my criteria for choosing a base.?
We went to Osaka 2 years ago and found it an excellent city as a base to go to Kyoto, Nara , Himeji and Kobe using the train system in Japan. Very easy to use. I am hoping that one of these cities does have a good train system that we can use like the ones in Japan.
Thx for info.