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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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mechelen 7
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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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We recently had the incredible honor of interviewing Pauline Frommer at the DC Travel and Adventure Show about, what else, Belgium! Daughter of the travel guide pioneer, Arthur Frommer, Pauline continues the family legacy as editorial director of the Frommers guidebooks and publisher of frommers.com. Here’s what she had to say. Vero: I heard talk more »

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chimay 3
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One of the first things my husband did after finding out we were moving to Belgium was to go a fancy beer store and bring home my first taste of the intense and exotic Chimay Blue. How fitting, then, that one of our first family outings after landing here was to visit Espace Chimay. This more »

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mim1
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As both a traveler and a nerd, a fact that I am reluctant to admit is that I get bored in museums rather quickly. And my kids? Forget it, unless there’s space in there to do wheelies with the stroller or couches for my five-year-old to throw herself on dramatically and declare her utter exhaustion. more »

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bruges ice 1
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My family recently took a day trip to one of the continent’s best-preserved medieval cities and spent almost the entire time in a refrigerated tent. It may sound like a tragedy, but in this instance it was not! We were visiting Bruges for its annual Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival; this year’s theme was “Land more »

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sky cafe
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Brussels isn’t known to be a particularly inexpensive city but we’ve found lots of fun things to do with the kids that won’t cost you a cent—saving you more money to indulge in some fabulous food and shop for souvenirs. In addition to some favorite Brussels free family experiences, such as gazing in awe at more »

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toone 1
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A puppet of Cyrano de Bergerac has presided over my mother’s mantle as long as I can remember. It was such a part of our living room scenery that I never bothered to ask about its origin. I only knew that our Cyrano had once performed on the Brussels stage. On my last visit to Brussels, more »

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manneken pis
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It’s silly. It’s campy. And although most Bruxellois would prefer not to be symbolized by a statue of a peeing boy, it’s a must-stop if you’re traveling with kids. It’s located only a few blocks from the Grand Place on the corner of the rue du Chene and rue de l’Etuve. Like my boys, your more »

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