Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat

The dynamic duo, composed by our very own beATL* Virginie Houet and Texas-based Corinne Feuillet Luca, has finally seen their dream come true!

Today, their bilingual book, full of sweet drawings, has hit the US market!  Aimed at children who are entering – or living – the journey of expatriation. The book titled “Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat”, narrates the emotional rollercoaster that a seven-year old girl experiences during her various moves.  Following her parents throughout the world, the impact of moving is explained through Elise’s eyes.  She lets us in on her experiences and shares her feelings.  It is never easy to drop your bags in one place and be told to pack again a few years later.  Her emotions are expressed in a mere few simple, but fresh and poetic sentences, accompanied by cute illustrations.  The book is written in both French and English – without ever falling in the trap of becoming an insipid translation!

Corinne and Virginie became friends in Texas and quickly decided to combine their skills.  After a lot of hard work, the book saw the light, first in Belgium**, France and Switzerland on January 10, and as of today, February 21st, it is available on the American and Canadian shelves.

On February 24th, Corinne Feuillet Luca will present their book at the Awty International School, 7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, TX, 77055 and on March 28th, at Mark White Elementary 2515 Old Farm Rd, Houston, TX 77063.

Virginie Houet will take care of the Georgian side.  Meet her at “Lesson de Français”, 390 Prospect Place Suite 390 à Alpharetta – 30005 (North of Atlanta) on Saturday, April 14th.  You will be able to buy your copy on site.


  • beATL is the Atlantan version of bePHL
  • ** It is easy to order your copy from sites like, and



solar eclipse | 8/21/2017

The Solar Eclipse was the talk-of-the-town yesterday.  Many of you shared your experiences with documenting pictures and/or videos via the social media.  Some created a pinhole projector and other chased the solar eclipse glasses …  Some of you were also published in an article from the VRT.

Dirk Brossé’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ | 5/14 & 15/2017

Be ready for a divine experience on May 14th or May 15th, 2017!  For its season’s finale, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will present ‘Pictures at an Exhibition‘,  conducted by its own Musical Director: Gentenaar Dirk Brossé.  The performance will magically blend American painting and music, following Brossé’s musical interpretation of the seven by-him-selected artworks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While listening, the audience will enjoy simultaneously the projected paintings taking the overall experience to an impressive level.

ABC News “Love the Arts” presented a very nice segment about the concert.  And for those more curious about Brossé can see him ‘live’ during Van Gils & Gasten op “een”.



philly here I come

Freshly arrived in Philly, the City of Brotherly Love, I have to admit that I feel quite intimidated to re-start my blogging from scratch but excited by the fresh challenge.

In Atlanta, where I spent the last 12 years of my life, I developed and created, about three years ago, a unique blogging concept called beATL [bētl – pronounce it beetle].   This blog, aimed at Belgians and [seriously] Belgian-minded souls in and around the City, has been very successful if I may say so myself.  My fans had nicknamed me their ‘beATL Queen’.  Now in Philly, it is my intention to replicate this formula… even if I know ‘nothing‘ [yet] here!

The concept is pretty simple.    bePHL [pronounce it beefil] will broadcast Belgian-related events in and around Philadelphia (and sometimes adjacent states) in the form of blog articles.  Its main goal is to alert and inform the members of the local Belgian Community about what is relevant to them.   It can be anything: a conference with an eminent professor, a movie, a concert, an event from the Belgian American Chamber of New York, a walk in a park organized by a fellow Belgian, a get-together organized by VIM [Vlamingen in de Wereld], a sportive challenge …

So, if you plan to organize a “Belgian-related” event or if you know about any Belgian-related coming to Philadelphia, email me the details and I will gladly post if for you – free of charge!

bePHL invites all Belgians or [seriously] Belgian-minded people to follow the blog. bePHL is Belgian … there is no linguistic distinction: “L’union fait la force” |“Eendracht maakt macht” … that’s us, all United in the United States!

bePHL is a ‘social-place-to-be’.  bePHL is your place to be.