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playground 2 on other side of tunnel
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It’s hard not to feel the energy of this busy port city. It boasts a beautiful medieval center and has recently undergone major renovations, with more green space, fantastic bike paths, a revived riverfront, and new museums like the upcoming Red Star Line Museum. It has so much to offer families, it may be hard more »

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bruges beauty
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You’ve probably heard that walking through Bruges is like stepping into a medieval fairy tale. Well, believe it! The city’s charming gabled buildings, secret gardens, gentle canals and mysterious alleys will transport you back in time. It can get crowded, especially in the summertime, so start your trip early and don’t be overly ambitious. What 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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ghent2 boat
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When you visit Brussels, you feel like you are in a bustling world capital, where English is fast becoming the most common language, especially while the french- and dutch-speaking Belgians can’t agree on anything. People might suggest you visit Bruges, the charming UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Belgium. While it is lovely, it does 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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palace lion
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Although the royal family has a perfectly good palace in the heart of Brussels, they seem to prefer to spend their time in the leafy suburb of Laeken. And while non-royals can’t actually enter the palace without a formal invitation, Laeken makes a great family outing. From the Laeken metro stop, you can take a smooth more »

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eb foam room
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Just above the Brussels Information Center (BIP) – the place to pick up maps, brochures, and Brussels Cards – lies a charming exhibit about the city of Brussels as it exists today.  This is more funhouse than history museum, where you’ll learn the interesting tidbits that will make you and your family sound like experts more »

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