I remember my first acquaintance with Meetjesland as a relaxing experience, far from the city hustle, enjoying beautiful nature and small villages. This second time around was no different! With its many hiking and biking trails, Meetjesland is the perfect getaway for those looking to clear their mind and get a taste of rural life. Add a wonderful B&B and an exceptional gastronomic restaurant to that and you got yourself the finest equation to fully recharge your batteries over the weekend!
Antwerp has so much to offer, you can easily spend an entire weekend exploring its cultural spots. The City Card giving you free access in museums is therefore also available in a 48 hours format. In this sequel I take you on a journey through secrets gardens, discovering stories of music, books and Baroque treasures. And since we're talking about spending two days in Antwerp, I have found the perfect place for you to stay!
When you think of deserts, images from Disney's Aladdin come to mind: lonely palm trees, flying carpets and of course stretches of sand. A quintessentially tropical landscape. But did you know Belgium has its own desert scenery? Located in Limburg, Lommel is home to the Sahara, a unique nature reserve that's all about the raw material used to produce glass. Going into the city, you'll discover the extent to which glass can be used, from architecture to works of art. Welcome to the land of sand and glass!
There aren't many places in the world as enchanting as the Italian Renaissance city Florence. Whether you're a romantic, an art lover or a true foodie, Florence will steal your heart. Which explains why the city is so popular! Think of a labyrinth of authentic, cobbled streets. Masterpieces by Michelangelo and Botticelli. The best pizza, pasta and gelato. Florence is a place you need to savor, like a good glass of wine. You could pack the activities and sights below in two days, but instead I recommend taking your time, getting lost and making it at least a three day trip. Ciao!
Inside and outside of Germany, Hannover isn't quite known for being the place to be. Which is unfortunate really, because it means most people miss out on the nice surprises the city has in store! Thanks to its big university, Hannover is a very lively place, with lots of festivals and events happening throughout the year. Fairy tale fans will be over the moon about the Royal Gardens and the nearby Marienburg Castle. And with a few strong female characters having left their mark on the city, Hannover could even be described as feminist. Lots to discover obviously and I'm happy to be your guide!
This trip to Krakow was my 1st acquaintance with Poland and I couldn't have imagined a better one! Poland's former capital is one of elegance: from the authentic charm of the Old City, to the peaceful escapism of the Vistula River, to the hipster vibes of the former Jewish district. Never have I witnessed such a religious place, from the countless churches to the priests and nuns everywhere, yet the city is the most approachable. Its relatively small size means you can do everything by foot and you'll never feel lost. Add a low cost of living to this and you got yourself the perfect - alternative - getaway!
In terms of investments, I'm very much like Carrie Bradshaw: "I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet". You can take that quite literally, as I took advantage of my big, open bedroom to store and display all my fashion acquired over the years.
The dining table is a piece of furniture of which the importance is not to be underestimated. After all, you will be spending some of your best times eating and chatting with your friends sitting around it, so you want to make sure it suits you. Having to deal with a circular room, it quickly became clear to me my dining table would have to be round. And I found all the inspiration I needed to chose one on Pinterest...
I have to admit, my life can be quite hectic at times. Now don't get me wrong: I want it that way and I love it! But it does emphasize my need for a bed that signals nothing but serenity and calm. I achieved this through a minimal, shabby chic design and luxurious, white sheets.