Belgium & Luxembourg

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We’ve been back from our trip for almost a month now and I’m just now writing our Khan Family Vacation #2 blog.  As soon as we got home and got over a few days of jet-lag, we got super busy for some weird reason?!  Holiday season, I suppose?!  Get ready!  I’m going to tell you all about the details of our trip, EVERYTHING we did, and of course I shared photos of all of our favorite things we ate and drank!  🙂Let me start off with saying this:  Omar missed his calling as a travel agent/person that puts amazing trips together.  Thankfully, I married him and I get to enjoy this special perk he has!  He has booked our last 3 vacations to Europe on Tripmaster.  We highly recommend using this site.  This is NOT an add, I’m just telling you our experience using Tripmaster has been wonderful each time.  Any questions or concerns we had when booking/planning, they were always quick to help us and answer every little (or big) question we had.  So, if you’re looking to use a travel site that pretty much books everything for you, flights, trains, rental cars, hotels ect. use Tripmaster!  Something we found out when planning this trip is:  the more you use Tripmaster, the more of a deal they give you.  SCORE!!

We stayed at the Thon Bristol Stephanie Hotel and let me just say, mama was happy!  It was rated 4.5 stars on Tripmaster, but we thought it deserved a 5.  It was located in the heart of the shopping district of Brussels which was about a 20, maybe 30 minute walk to the City Center. (Five minute cab ride.)  It was beautiful!  We had plenty of space for all 3 of us in our room with a King size bed and a couch that pulled out into a full size bed for Gabs…which I think she only slept in two times.  Apparently, when you’re on vacation that means you get to sleep with mama and daddy!

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Our very first night in Brussels was spent eating lots of Belgian chocolate, sampling different beers at Taste the Beer, and walking the streets around the City Center.  We stumbled upon Taste the Beer while walking around… It was such a cute spot.  You pay €10 per person, they give you a card that has your money on it, and you pay for each taste as you go.  It was so much fun!  We tasted some really yummy beers, too!  Next up… BELGIAN WAFFLES!!!

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The following are just random pictures of Brussels.  We took over 200 pictures, but I’ll do my best not to post all of them!  🙂   Don’t you just LOVE the architecture in European countries?!  Oh my gosh, I LOVE IT!!!

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Pommes Frites



Mussels & Pommes Frites



Belgian Omelette

Bruges, Belgium

We took a train ride into Bruges one day, which was by far one of our favorite cities to visit.  It’s the one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been to and at Christmas time it’s just gorgeous!  You can walk from the train station into the city center of Bruges.  It’s about  20 minutes for fast walkers… 30 – 40 minutes for slower walkers or people with a two year old that wants to WALK instead of ride in the stroller.  This was one of the few days we didn’t get rained on the whole day.  Right before we headed back to the train station, it down poured!

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You may be wondering… WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY GO TO LUXEMBOURG?!  Well, let me tell you.  1.) My husband is very peculiar in his travels.  For example:  If he’s already been to a country before (he has to do a lot of repeats on my behalf), we have made a deal that we’ll hit up another country that he has NOT been to at some point on our vacation.  Thankfully, this can be a day trip if time doesn’t permit us to stay over night.  SO… when he was planning our trip, he decided early on that we would indeed HAVE to go to Luxembourg for a day.  It was a 3 hour train ride from Brussels.  Needless to say, it was a LONG day, but a very good day!  And if you’re wondering how Gaby did on a 3 hour train ride?!  She rocked it!!!  She LOVED riding the “choo choo twain”! Every morning after this trip, she woke up and said, “Come on!  Let’s go ride on the choo choo twain, mommy!”  2.) If you’re not aware of this – Luxembourg is the ONLY country in the world with a Grand Duchy or Grand Duke.  We HAD to go, people!  HAD to go!!!  And we’re so glad we did because we had a wonderful time!!!  We went to a couple different Christmas Markets, saw the Grand Duchy’s Palace (Palace of the Grand Duke), visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, let Gaby ride some rides and jump on a trampoline, and sipped on some mulled wine called Gluhwein to keep warm!

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The Palace of the Grand Duchy:

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Our very last night in Brussels, we came across the Marche Aux Poisson Christmas Market that we LOVED!  It was huge with so many shops with different handmade crafts, homemade foods and drinks, and MORE rides for Gabs!  This market had a ferris wheel!!  Totally made my hands break out in a sweat, but it was a beautiful view!

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And just like that….our family vacation has come to an end.  If you ever get the opportunity, go visit Belgium and Luxembourg!  You will not be disappointed!           Happy Travels!




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