Greetings from Melbourne to all the wonderful contributors to this forum who make planning a holiday easier. I have looked at the Thalys website and it seems that there is only one train daily from Brugge to Paris. I anticipate this means that we must get a train from Brugge to Brussels and then to Paris. Could someone advise how to book this in advance. Is the Brugge to Brussels just a local train that does not need advance booking. Also I have been reading on this forum about travellers who have had their suitcases stolen from the luggage hold. Is it permitted to have a bicycle type lock to secure the case to the hold? Would it be a safer option to purchase a first class ticket with the assumption that it will be less full? Many thanks.