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parlementarium
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The European Parliament’s flashy state-of-the-art visitor center was subject to some criticism when it opened in the midst of a recession and growing fiscal austerity. But the museum is open and the whole experience is over the top, with electronic displays, interactive electronic guides available in 23 languages, and video walls. Some kids will be more »

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neuhaus
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My kids love souvenir shopping. From chocolate shops to flea markets to toy stores, Brussels is the perfect place to stock up for friends and family. They bought some excellent teacher gifts for their friends and neighbors and we didn’t mind the shopping one bit, especially if we promised ourselves a little evening apéro for our more »

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manneken pis
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It’s silly. It’s campy. And although most Bruxellois would prefer not to be symbolized by a statue of a peeing boy, it’s a must-stop if you’re traveling with kids. It’s located only a few blocks from the Grand Place on the corner of the rue du Chene and rue de l’Etuve. Like my boys, your more »

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Brussels with Kids e-book cover
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Chocolate. Comic books. Underground palaces. Cobblestone streets. All in a modern city that’s right in the heart of Europe. Brussels is simply a can’t-miss family destination. All Over the Map launches Brussels with Kids, a new e-book guide to Belgium especially for families. Véronique Autphenne and Paige Conner Totaro have written an information-packed, user-friendly guide to more »

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magritte museum
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Hmmm, I thought, this is either a particularly well-behaved class, or there’s some truth to that annoying “European children are better behaved” theory.  Then why did these chaperones have the same bleary-eyed weary look that befalls all of their American counterparts?  Let me introduce Raphael… From the get-go, it was clear Raphael was the class more »

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gerbaud
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When you take a bite of one of Laurent Gerbaud’s chocolates you notice a progression of flavors in your mouth.  First the chocolate, creamy and dark, from cocoa beans cultivated and collected for their intense flavors from Madagascar and Ecuador.  Then the subtleties of the flavors emerge – fruity, nutty, sweet. But wait. Gerbaud is more »

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cbbd library
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We met our guide Didier at the Belgian Comic Strip Museum on a cold, wet and dreary day, the kind of weather that defines March in this part of Europe. Heavy-set, with straggly shoulder-length hair, a ruddy complexion, and a penchant for Brussels’ native beer, gueuze, Didier looked like a cross between Jack Black and more »

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dumon 3
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I am not a chocolate snob. Paige and I enjoyed chocolate in every form possible pretty much all day long during our March research trip to Belgium. We would start in the morning in our chain hotel, where the breakfast buffet included both chocolate sprinkles and chocolate paste to spread on our toast. A mid-afternoon more »

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jeu de balle cards
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When you visit Brussels’ lively Jeu de Balle market, you’ll find plenty of brole—the Bruxellois term for “junk”—but keep digging, and you might dig up a real treasure. We certainly found some unexpected gems when we visited the market on a sunny Sunday morning in March. Tea time? Our favorite stall: vintage travel brochures and more »

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