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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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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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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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herge museum blog
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Just outside of Brussels, in the sterile university town of Louvain-la-Neuve, a stark lopsided box appears to have been lowered and squeezed into place to house the new Hergé Museum. Opened in 2009, the stunning modern museum building designed by Christian de Portzamparc seems an odd fit for the works of Hergé, creator of the more »

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gravensteen castle
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Kids: The national food is chocolate.  Mom and dad: The national drink is beer.  Enough said. It is the birthplace of Tintin. Comic books are a revered national art form. Brussels even has an entire museum devoted to them, the Belgian Comic Strip Center. No long car rides!  You can get between any two spots more »

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cbbd tintin
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 In Belgium, dog-eared copies of young journalist Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy’s world adventures litter the bedrooms of kids of all ages.  Since I was born in Belgium and lived there until age nine, I consider Tintin to be a major part of my cultural heritage and introduced my own boys to him at more »

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When you mention Belgium to a fellow traveler, they’ll often get a faraway look on their face, sigh, and start waxing poetic about the medieval city of Bruges.  I have to agree, Bruges is an extraordinary place, but when I took my boys to Belgium for the first time last summer, I decided to forego more »

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