Milan

A couple of weeks ago Gillian and I took a little autumn trip to Milan. We had originally planned to visit Venice and catch a train to Milan, but circumstances decided otherwise with an airport strike, a cancelled flight and floodings in Venice. Nevertheless, we were provided with a couple of days away from daily life with ice cream, nice cafés and restaurants and lots of cool shops. My favourite bits included: LuBar, the duomo, eating cake and drinking tea at the Marchesi in the Galleria Victoro Emmanuell II and pistachio ice cream at GROM. I’ll take you on the trip through my photos if you like!

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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!