– Chocolate. Comic books. Underground palaces. Cobblestone streets. All in a modern city that’s right in the heart of Europe. Brussels is simply a can’t-miss family destination. All Over the Map launches Brussels with Kids, a new e-book guide to Belgium especially for families. Véronique Autphenne and Paige Conner Totaro have written an information-packed, user-friendly guide to family-friendly locales in Brussels, including places to run around and get a meal or a treat, plus detailed side trips to Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. The book includes sections kids will enjoy, including a comic book introduction to Belgium by renowned illustrator Sharon Emerson, short historical interludes and colorful local legends.
With multiple ways to search from indexes, colorful photos, and “best bets” lists for different age groups, interests, and even day of the week, Brussels with Kids lets parents discover more than 200 points of interest, restaurants, playgrounds and day trips the whole family can enjoy. The book is an invaluable resource not only for families traveling to Belgium, but also for new and seasoned expats.
All Over the Map has also recently launched a new website about family travel to Belgium to complement the information in the guidebook, www.belgiumwithkids.com.
A native Belgian, Véronique Autphenne was born in Antwerp and spent most of her childhood in a small town outside Brussels, just down the road from the magical site of Villers-la-Ville. She now lives in Alexandria, VA and loves to travel to Belgium with her husband and three boys. Paige Conner Totaro has traveled the world with her family for the past 9 months, and can say without a doubt that Belgium is one of the best destinations for families.
“Belgium is such an easy sell for families,” says Totaro. “With more castles per square mile than any other European country, and waffles, chocolate and fries among the notable and pervasive foods, what kid wouldn’t love it here?”
We would like to thank our illustrator Sharon Emerson, the tourism offices of VisitBrussels and VisitFlanders, and Bénédicte van Moortel and Eric Margry for helping with the Dutch translations.