Lebanon Reporter

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August 22, 2012

Brussels is kid-friendly, who knew?

I recently had the opportunity to accompany hubby on his trip to Brussels, Belgium. Brussels is a beautiful, old city with a rich history. But most importantly, in spite of its association with Brussels sprouts, it is one of the most child-friendly cities I have ever visited!

The mainstay foods are French fries and waffles. Granted, the condiment accompanying the French fries is mayonnaise, but they make up for it by topping the waffles with chocolate syrup. There are chocolate shops located approximately every three feet, and they make the most divine candies you can imagine! And if chocolate is not what you desire (then you might be crazy), the “biscuiteries” or cookie shops, have piles, I mean piles of cookies. Truly, it is a child’s dream come true. Actually, it’s a 42-year- old woman’s dream come true.

Children run through the streets. Even the most well-behaved children are climbing fountains, riding bicycles, and dancing to the melody of the street musicians. Kids seem to be welcome in every restaurant, many of which offer junior portions of food.

The playgrounds in the city parks are surrounded by wrought iron fences, and parents can visit without worrying that their little ones will escape into unsafe territory. A clown paints faces, and a nearby gazebo makes a great place to practice fancy ballerina moves. 

We took a side trip to the nearby medieval city of Bruges. I honestly thought we would never get there, as we missed the train by one minute. The next train was scheduled an hour later, but 45 minutes into the wait hubby realized he’d left something important at the apartment.

While he went back, the kids and I strolled the streets. We stopped at yet another chocolate shop, discovered a new cookie joint, and viewed the Flower Carpet one more time.

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