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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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novotel 6
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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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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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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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lumecon 4
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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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dinant II 2
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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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