- Paul LAURENT Lawyer - Civil Servant (52)
- Françoise PISSART Director in a fundation (55)
- Emma LAURENT Middel-Schooler (15)
Hello from Brussels
We are an outgoing familly of 5, aged 53, 50, 22, 20 and 13. We like travelling, sports (boys) dance (girl) and culture (parents). Our two boys are in two different Law schools here in Brussels. I (Paul) am a lawyer for the Belgian Economic Departement and my wife (Françoise) is a socialogist. She is working for a Private Fundation in Brussels also.
July 12 — August 15, 2014 These dates are flexible
Our home is only avalaible during the period, we are intersted in stay from 4 nights to one mounth
This was our first home exchange experience. It could not have been better. The house is lovely, very nicely furnished, everything functional, and well stocked with everything we needed to step into a Belgian life for a week. Paul and Francoise even left some fresh food which meant we did not need to shop or eat out on our first evening after a day of travel. They also left some nice guide books, a very useful city map, and a few metro tickets to get us started. The house and garden were very comfortable and fun to just relax. It is also centrally located and the Brussels metro is very efficient. We were able to visit several tourist spots, explore different neighborhoods and restaurants, and bike around the nearby parks. It was very fun to step into someone else's town for a week, and this made our first travel to Europe much more affordable. We also found that Paul and Francoise took excellent care of our home. Thank you for a positive first home exchange experience!
We stayed in Paul and Françoise's charming and comfortable home (with beautiful garden, ping pong table and view of the Atomium) for about 17 days and had a wonderful time. We stretched out our jet lag recovery to just hang around the house and walk the neighborhood, then explored the city as well as Antwerp and Ghent using the excellent metro, trains and trams. The master bedroom has a gorgeous cloud of a bed plus its own attached living room and remodeled bathroom. Those who cook will love the kitchen. The house itself is an interesting architecture, 1926. Good walk-to neighborhood restaurants (North African, Thai, Greek) and the city is renowned for its food. And drink. Unusual sites are the Museum of the Resistance (WWII) and the Magritte house/museum in the Jette neighborhood, nearby. After adventures there is always your pleasant home base to return to. Paul and Françoise were always available by email for questions, and we enjoyed hearing their impressions of LA. This was our first exchange in Europe, and it was entirely satisfying! PS rudimentary French works pretty well, and many people speak English.