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wild 4
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Oh sure, that sounds totally doable. Rock climbing, zip-lining, quad-biking (whatever that is), canoeing. I could totally do that in a day. And the death-ride thing shouldn’t be a problem! As if I was the type to avoid anything with the word “death” in it. It’s like this was designed just for me! This is more »

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novotel 6
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Our stay at the Novotel Tour Noire couldn’t have come at a better time. We’d just finished off two weeks of urban hotels/rental/B&B stays in the UK . The kids were getting tired of trying to behave like adults and John and I were hoarse from loud shhh-shing. If you’re looking for a centrally-located modern more »

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huizingen castle
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This is exactly the type of place that makes Belgium such a special destination for families: castle, playground, animals–all within easy driving distance of the major cities. You won’t find a lot of tourists here since it doesn’t appear in guidebooks (except ours, of course!) We went on a winter day so we had the more »

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liege 7
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I had heard about the boulets from my mother before I left for Belgium last month. As in, Ooh, you’re going to Liège. Make sure to eat some boulets. All I really knew about them was that they were meatballs and that was good enough for me. The other food I was anxious to try was more »

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Window display at lLOlifant in Liege, Belgium
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Gift shopping is serious business in Belgium. Choosing the perfect gift is an art and even the most modest gift deserves elaborate wrapping, which can make it quite a lengthy process. I learned this firsthand L’Olifant on a recent trip to Liege, where I was in line behind a woman who was purchasing eleven items, more »

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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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bruges canals
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When you’re strolling through the narrow century-old streets of Bruges or standing on a bridge gazing out at the canal, you can’t help but wonder what your life would have been like in its heyday. Would you be a merchant, a cobbler, a nun? What rung of the complicated social ladder would fate have landed more »

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cheesecake
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Like Reese’s ad-proverbial chocolate and peanut butter, the marriage of cheese cake, that rich, decadent American classic, and speculoos, Belgium’s amazing crunchy spiced buttery biscuits is a pretty spectacular one. This recipe is adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe for raspberry cheesecake. You’ll need a 9-inch springform pan. Ingredients: Speculoos crust 1 box of speculoos cookies 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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