My wife will be going to Brussels to bring back an eight week old puppy soon (mid January). She will be staying with the breeder for a couple of days (selecting one of three puppies), but unfortunately the breeder has to go to France the day before my wife's already paid for and expensive to change return flight.
I can get an award stay at the Hilton, and the walk to the train station (which my wife is ok with) to get to the airport for a Sunday noon flight is supposedly only a five minute walk away.
But, in searching, I'm seeing mixed comments about the area. I'm not certain how much wondering around she wishes to due with an 8 week old puppy (a Belgian herding breed, think a little smaller than German Shepherd size), but should she decide to do so I have some questions:
a) If she uses normal street smarts, is the area around the hotel ok for walking about on a Saturday afternoon / early evening and on Sunday morning (after 8 am)? We spent a couple of weeks last year in London, Rome, and Milan so she says she is not worried in general with being alone in big cities, provided that those in the know don't say "stay somewhere else".
b) I know in general Europe is more dog friendly, but if she has the puppy in a Sherpa bag, can she eat in a nearby cafe and skip the typical poor and overpriced room service? Any recommended puppy friendly places? She is a foodie type person, though foodie and puppy may not go together...
c) How about taking dogs in stores? On lead ok? In a Sherpa bag ok?
d) Any recommended nearby chocolate shops and rough idea of prices one should expect?
e) Should I spend $ to find a different place and not go for the free award room?
She is into photography, and thus is probably more interested in staying in the city center vs just staying near the airport for the one day, especially since the noon flight doesn't mean an super early morning dash to the airport.
Thanks in advance for any and all help.Edited: 5:03 pm, December 23, 2012