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We have created this site to highlight all the wonderful things there are to do in Belgium with kids. Have you been to Belgium? Have a favorite spot to go with your kids? Let us know! 

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We have created this site to highlight all the wonderful things there are to do in Belgium with kids. Have you been to Belgium? Have a favorite spot to go with your kids? Or do you have a question about traveling to Belgium en famille? Leave a comment here and we’ll be sure to follow up.

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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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sunday afternoon kids
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On our recent trip to Belgium, it became clear that people know how to live well there. The food is fantastic  – one of my favorite cookbooks is called Everbody Eats Well in Belgium, and it’s true – and their beer is divine. Need I mention the waffles? And chocolate? So it should come as no more »

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MOOF museum
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You’ve probably seen little plastic Smurf and other comic strip figurines. You may even own a few of your own. In the past twenty years, some of these figurines have taken their place in the art market and some are worth a pretty penny. Moof (Museum of Original Figurines) is a private museum containing mostly 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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paige with stoemp
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On our recent trip to Brussels, Paige and I ate (and ate, and ate, and ate!) our share of mussels, frites, waffles, and, of course, chocolate.  For most people, these foods typify Belgium’s world-famous cuisine.  But, as we dug deeper into the culinary scene, we discovered a number of other traditional, and innovative Belgian foods.  more »

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cook and book site
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Is the written word—written on paper, that is—becoming obsolete? Is it just the fancy of a few stubborn holdouts from the digital revolution?  Whatever the case may be, my family and I love the smell of new books, the familiar feel of well-worn pages, and illustrations that take us to another world. In Belgium, we more »

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orval ad 2
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Do you have a family beer?  Oddly enough, we do.  My father’s family is from the South of Belgium and most family occasions were marked by the sound of a cap coming off a frothy bottle of Orval, the region’s best Trappist beer.  I remember my grandmother trekking off to the monastery before a big more »

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liege xmas 2
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My guidebook describes Liège somewhat unflatteringly, honestly—as a city straining to overcome its gritty past, and its Christmas market as an important part of that effort. This was our first visit to the city (and we didn’t read that snippet until after), but what we saw in our afternoon jaunt was actually an engaging city more »

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ardennes martha 1
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Like Vero and company, we also spent some time in the Ardennes this summer, but we didn’t hit quite the level of adventurousness that they did. We did, however, engage our nerdiness with a little space exploration, some book shopping, and a very little light hiking. The Euro Space Center was something we learned about more »

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med fair 3
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One weekend in August, we spotted not one but two medieval fairs on the schedule in Wallonia. After careful consideration (of how much we hate driving long distances for day trips), we decided to hit the closer one. We took several driving tours through the lovely, quaint town of Rebecq and one final tour around more »

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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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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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I’ll be honest. Other than seeing the name on a map (just south of Antwerp), I had never heard of Mechelen. What I had heard about was a luxury hotel set in a converted Franciscan church. I love to stay at renovated religious buildings (El Monasterio in San Juan, Tomtom Suites in Istanbul) and was more »

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bouillon 3
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Another summer day in Belgium, another adorable town nestled in the hills along a river with a castle to visit.  Thankfully those are not things that we really ever get sick of, we discovered when we dove into exploring Bouillon the other weekend. To get there, after leaving the highway we twisted and turned through more »

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   It is a legend as old as the ages, a tale that has inspired countless expressions through storytelling, books, stained glass, paintings, statues, and drama: Saint George and the Dragon. The Lumeçon is a reenactment of the epic battle that has taken place annually for seven centuries in the city of Mons; it’s the more »

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Conveniently located on Place Reine Astrid, right at the base of the cable car down from the Citadelle (read about the Citadelle HERE), is the Gothic church Collégiale Notre-Dame. Its 16th century black clock tower is the most striking feature of the town’s skyline. Of course the church has been destroyed to varying degrees and more »

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