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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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Clockwise from top left: Gaston Lagaffe, Spirou, Benoit Brisefer, Boule et Bill
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Growing up in Belgium, I had a comic book clutched in my hands every chance I got–in the car on long car rides, by flashlight under the covers late at night, or relaxing on the beach. I never realized that 1) most of them were written and illustrated by Belgians, 2) they were such a 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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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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dumon 3
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I am not a chocolate snob. Paige and I enjoyed chocolate in every form possible pretty much all day long during our March research trip to Belgium. We would start in the morning in our chain hotel, where the breakfast buffet included both chocolate sprinkles and chocolate paste to spread on our toast. A mid-afternoon 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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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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