Côte d’Opale

A few weekends ago, my boyfriend and I took a little trip to the Opal coast in the Northern part of France, as a way to change up our yearly seaside trip. We usually go to the Belgian coast (Ostend) but decided on Boulogne-Sur-Mer. What a picturesque town, really! I didn’t have any expectations, but I was wrong. Especially the fortified old town is worth a visit with its smaller streets, cute houses and historic buildings. The city also houses the biggest aquarium in Europe, Nausicää. Gorgeous!

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We spent one day cruising along the coast all the way up to the Cap Blanc Nez and the Cap Gris Nez. We took advantage of having a car to drive to all the best viewpoints. It made for some amazing walks and even better vistas. On the way we also made a quick stopover at Wimereux, a quaint village that seemed deserted. Loved it!

 

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img_20180826_112042.jpgIt’s amazing how different the coast can be only an hour drive from Belgium! I’m pretty sure we’ll be back to discover some other parts of the French coast. Can’t wait.

If you have any tips on where to go next, let me know!

January ’18

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I rediscovered the fun in reading and am absolutely loving reading everywhere and anytime I can
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This bargain of a dress. Read about it here.
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Saw Alt-J live in concert in Vorst
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I won the bean in the Three Kings’ Cake ( a celebration on the 6th of January)
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Went to Brussels Jazz Festival at Flagey
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Ate pasteis de nata at Forcado
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Brought together a bunch of artists for a work project and had an inspiring and productive brainstorm
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Made some healthy breakfast cookies. Find the recipe here.
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My boyfriend opened a one evening restaurant just for me
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Brussels by night
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Visited the Engelenburcht for work
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Played Scrabble on a cold Sunday
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Some colour in the morning
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Chandeliers on a regular week day
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Made a refreshing walk in the park

December ’16

The last one of the year!

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A picture perfect blue sky in Ghent
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Finally putting my photos from my trip to Canada in a proper album
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Trying something new for breakfast: porridge with apple and cinnamon
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This enchanting view from the ferris wheel at the Brussels Christmas Market
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Seeing the Dom in Köln from the Christmas Market
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Completing my HAY kaleidoscope tray collection
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Forever my favourite gallery in Brussels
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A beautiful misty morning in Bruges
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Holiday prep with tea and Swedish chocolates
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A colourful and delicious mix of thyme and rosemary roasted vegetables, my favourite
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The Grand Place in Brussels in its stunning Christmas attire
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Celebrating Lucia at the Scandinavian language faculty at my old university
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Catsitting
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Last-minute decision to go into a crazy Christmas photo booth in Durbuy
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Waking up to this
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Decorating the Christmas tree and watching it from my living room. Hygge.
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Baking mince pies
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This castle and a sunset that, combined, look like something out of a Disney movie
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A boyfriend that know me really well

See you in 2017!

 

10 Things To See & Do in Copenhagen

Although I’m sure that some of these are tourist traps, and I have long from seen everything there is to see in Copenhagen, I thought I’d put in my two cents and tell you about the top 10 things I enjoyed most in the Danish capital. I hope it inspires you to go and visit. 

  1. Nyhavn

    Nyhavn, or translated into English “The New Harbour”, is probably the most well-known highlight of Copenhagen and even though it can get busy, it does not disappoint. On sunny days, the colours of the houses are exquisite, in gloomy weather they can brighten up your day. It’s so nice to sit by the water and have a glass of wine or ice cream or maybe even a Danish hot dog.

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  2. Visit the Carlsberg brewery

    Carlsberg is a famous beer brand in Scandinavia and the old brewery, which is located in the city, is now partly a museum. You can find out more about the beer brewing process, the history of the brand, and on top of that you can enjoy a couple of beers and Danish food in their beer garden. Especially lovely on a sunny day.

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  3. The Church Of Our Saviour

    This church has a splendid view over the city and its colourful and warm houses. It’s one of the cheaper views too. There is a spiral staircase that goes all the way to the very top of the church. Just make sure that the weather conditions allow entrance (when it’s snowing or really rainy, they won’t open)

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  4. Enjoy the Danish pastries

    No words needed, I’ll let the picture do the talking.

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  5. Feel royal at Rosenberg Castle

    It doesn’t cost you anything to roam the park and see the castle from the outside, which I think is the best view anyways.

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  6. Enjoy the green at Botanisk Have

    This botanical garden is part of the University of Copenhagen. It has some beautiful greenhouses and it is HUGE. Even in winter it’s worth a visit.

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  7. Release your inner child at Tivoli
    I’m not much one for theme parks, but I feel Tivoli is entirely unique in its category. For every occasion, they dress up the park and it feels like an entirely different world. It’s like a light festival, a cute market, fun rides, great food and old-fashioned stalls combined and although that sounds kind of crazy, it somehow works.

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  8. Enjoy the space at Amalienborg palace

    Amalienborg palace is the official palace of the Danish king and queen and it is here that the changing of the guards takes place. I loved roaming the spacious square (which is actually a circle), plus it offers a great view on Frederiks Kirke.

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  9. Invest in some Scandinavian design

    If there’s one thing Copenhagen has enough of, it’s furniture and design shops. Personally, I’m a fan, so I could totally see my future house decorated in, well, basically everything that was sold there.

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  10. Walk (or bike!) around and enjoy the beautiful streets

    And if you’re lucky you might come across a Christmas Market. Or two. Or three. Well, Copenhagen is beautiful in every lights. Sunny or gloomy. Winter or summer. Day or night.

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January ’16

Due to lack of time (because I’m still in Scotland), this month, you get the uncut, unedited version of all the pictures. Enjoy!

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Starting off the year with my fabulous girlfriends and their boyfriends. 

 

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Playing games with Mum on the very first day of the new year

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Yet another visit to IKEA. 

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Finding out that my grandma loves the mug I got her when I returned from Sweden (it says Mormor, which means grandma) she nearly got a heart attack when she dropped it. It was fine. And so was she. Thank god.

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Finding Vegemite in my local supermarket. Life will never be the same again.
It will be better.

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Finding love in unexpected places. And also, I really love marzipan.

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Getting a haircut. Blonder. Shorter. Crazier?

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The first snow and my mum spying on the neighbours (just kidding. Or am I?)

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Baking jam drops, that, when I see them now, look a lot like boobs. Just sayin’

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Mid-exam break with some fika and friends

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My grandma’s cacti bathing in the sun whilst it’s snowing outside.

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Winning at Scrabble :)

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Ghent.

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Starting to run and smoothies. Best combo.

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Family dinner in Leuven

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Buying flowers. Or just seeing flowers.

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Finding old photos of all the exchanges students from the Humanities department in Sweden. Who can spot me?

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My dad can be hilarious sometimes. Unintentionally.

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Leaving for Edinburgh, Scotland.