cook n book paige and v 2Belgium with Kids is a collaborative project involving nine people: Paige Totaro and her family of four, and Véronique Autphenne and her family of five.

Véronique Autphenne was born in Antwerp and spent most of her childhood outside of Brussels, in a small town just down the road from the magical site of Villers-la-Ville. She now lives in Alexandria, VA but continues to live with one foot in both countries (she has very long legs). She founded Pax Travel Design to help families realize their travel dreams.

Paige Conner Totaro is an American who loves to travel.  After failing to use her passport even once in ten years after her twin daughters were born, she determined to make up for lost time by taking a year to travel around the world with them. Having  seen the rest of the world (or a good part of it, anyway), she still thinks Belgium is one of the best places for a family holiday.

We hope this site inspires you to visit Belgium! If you’d like help planning a trip of your own to Belgium or beyond, contact us at vero [at] paxtraveldesign [dot] com or visit our travel planning site, Pax Travel Design, for more information.


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Martha Hepler

Martha has spent a third of her life living outside the U.S.–though often wrapped in the overprotective embrace of the U.S. military. She has SCUBA dived Panama’s reefs, broken bones in the Dolomites, birthed a child in Japan, been to church in Berlin, swum in the Andaman sea, koala-stalked in the Australian bush, and found her grandfather’s tiny birth-village in Spain’s lush northern hills, but she’d say that the greatest and toughest adventure of all can be getting out the front door with her beloved offspring in tow.She, her husband, and their two kids are thrilled to now live in Belgium. She is excited to share the sights, sounds, tastes, and unexpected low country adventures with you. You can also find her on her blog, Our Gypsy Camp.