Monday, 24 July 2017

Splash

Let's go swimming in the pool, in Brussels' one and only outdoor pool for example. More info: http://www.pooliscool.org

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Belgium's got talent

The "oldest fine leather goods house in the world since 1829" (i.e. Delvaux) proves that indeed, Belgium's got talent. 

Shopping window Delvaux store
Brussels (Galerie de la Reine)

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Corner

They have to stand in the corner, the bar, the "hurricane plant" and the new lantern. Not because of misbehaviour. On the opposite, they are doing well, being all nice together. Maybe I should be standing in the corner because the "Monstera Deliciosa" (i.e. the plant) ... Well, let's say I did not treat it properly: too much water, too much sunlight, no support to make it grow upwards and now it's almost dying. Actually I had to put it in a dark corner of the living room in a desperate attempt to save it from losing more leaves or worse ... from dying. The rescue resulted in the cosy corner you see below.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Tis still the Season

Christmas Eve was cozy, Christmas Day was great and second Christmas Day was lazy. After three days of merriness one would think we're done with it, with celebrations, dinners and merry decorations. One would think, indeed because in fact the holiday season is not over yet. It's vacation and the Christmas lights and other decorations make our home the prefect staycation location.


It's the perfect time to enjoy the gifts that we have received so far, to sit back and relax and also the time is right to get into some serious decluttering. (Which is kind of hard for people like me suffering from collector's mania.) However if I get to the phase of throwing away things you'll definitely hear about it. You see, to me decluttering basically means replacing stuff and reorganizing closets.

P.S. Happy Holidays, once again.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Tis the season, and other (Christmas) clichés

Wauw, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I guess we can all agree that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Moreover tis the season to be joly and the season that jingle bells rock. Obviously, like so many others, I am dreaming of a white Christmas … Not to mention my biggest Christmas wish: joy to the world and peace on earth. 


I could go on like this for some time but I guess you get it: tis the season to talk clichés. It’s that time of the year (described as the most wonderful for a reason) when everything looks just fine, warm, cozy and joyful. And I have to admit that I like it. A lot. It’s nice to see that we all seem to find some distraction from the misery that is going on in this world. (Check Facebook and see how many „friends” post their beloved decorated trees and other Christmassy affairs.) FYI: this doesn’t mean that nobody thinks about the unlucky ones in this world. After all isn’t the end of the year the time that people become (somewhat) generous and donate to charity more than during the rest of the year?

Christmas plants may be a better description for our „trees”, right?
Okay, enough with the moral lessons. Back to the good things in my world, to all that Christmas stuff like for example the trees. This year I decided (Le Fiancé doesn’t have a say in this matter, I have to admit) that two decorated pines would enchant our living room. Tiny ones as a tiny home simply calls for tiny trees. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

City Love

It’s not original, it’s a cliché and well … it’s a cliché for a reason, it simply is as true as a truth can be true. Yes, Paris is always a good idea and Paris sera toujours Paris. 
Place de la Concorde
I have always loved and I always will love the city (read this), in good times and in bad times. (Think about what happened last year November the 13th or - less dramatic yet really no nice experience at all - getting stuck in the (chaotic) Parisian traffic.)

As I live in Belgium and don’t go to Paris that often I have, over the years, discovered some tricks to get all Parisian even when there’s no trip on the agenda to the city of love and light „any time soon”. One trick is watching movies that breathe P.A.R.I.S. like for example PARIS - could it be anymore clear?-, Paris when it Sizzles, Le Divorce, Moulin Rouge, Midnight in Paris, etc. Listening to Zaz also helps as does browsing through photo albums of our latest trips to the city. Reading offers another getaway to the capital of France, especially reading city guides. And that I have done a lot over the past few weeks as I had to get ready for the trip to Paris that we made a while ago. No need to say that it was nice to meet my Love again after two years.

Apart from the inner city we also visited Versailles: I felt like Mary Antoinette and was baffled by the beauty and the grandeur of the domain. (I had never imagined le château and les jardins to be this grotesque.) To the people living in the palace life must have been great (in spite of all the formalities, arranged marriages, etc. that included living a royal life). To the common people in the city of Paris on the other hand life must have been kind of a living hell during the reign of the so called Roi-Soleil.

Mirrors mirrors on the wall 
in the brilliant La Galerie des Glaces.
P.S. Can you resist the appeal of this brilliant city?