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Monthly Review – April 2021

Spring is finally here and I couldn’t be happier about it! I have bought some cute plants and flowers for my flat and small balcony, and watering and taking care of them has been so nice. The only thing is that I feel like I never have enough so I constantly want to buy new ones and turn my flat into a spring garden…

My favourite things about this month:

  • Flowers: this is not really a surprise, as I have just said how many I wanted to buy this month, but they just make every place prettier! From a beautiful bouquet of roses at home, to a street filled with Japanese cherry trees, to a magical bluebell forest, this month has been filled with them, and I am very happy about it!
  • Brunch on the terrace: the bars and restaurants are only open for take-away here, so on a Sunday we grabbed some bits and pieces for brunch at an amazing Italian restaurant in the centre, then warmed everything up and enjoyed this delicious brunch on my boyfriend’s terrace, soaking up the sun. I loved being able to eat some of the things that I love eating in Italy, and being outside in the sun felt so nice after the cold winter.

My latest trips and adventures

  • At the beginning of the month, I had to go to Italy to stay with my dad for some time, and luckily it was also during the Easter holidays. Even though we weren’t able to do much because of the restrictions, I could see some of my family and spent a lovely week there, eating delicious food and chilling at home. It had been a very long time since I hadn’t seen any of them and this change of scenery was very much needed!
  • Hallerbos is a beautiful bluebell forest, just a few minutes away from Brussels. Every year, thousands of bluebells bloom at the end of April and cover the ground with their purple colour. It was one of my goals to visit it this year, and even though I saw many beautiful pictures of it, it was even more beautiful in real life – and the pictures don’t do it justice. The ground is actually purple, and the rays of sunshine passing through the new leaves of the trees just make this place seem magical. It really felt like a magical, fairy-like place, and if you haven’t been, I highly recommend you to go (or to find a similar one next to your place)!  

Hobbies and distractions:

  • During the holidays I finally saw Jojo Rabbit, a movie that I had wanted to see for a very long time now. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it is a satirical movie set during World War II in Germany, where we follow a young boy, whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. Despite this “risky” plot, I found that the movie was absolutely brilliant. If you have seen it, what did you think of it?
  • Since I liked Jojo Rabbit so much, I also decided to watch a movie by the same director, Taika Waititi, and I stumbled upon an hilarious movie called What we do in the Shadows, where some cameramen follow a group of vampires who all live together and try to fit into modern-day society. It is fresh, light and incredibly fun, so I would also recommend it to anyone who likes more “absurd” humour.

General thoughts:

I have to say that I have been quite impressed by this Belgian spring, as it was mostly sunny and warm – not what I expected! With the warmer and sunnier days, it was also possible to hang out outside a bit more, which allowed me to see a bit more of my friends. I also felt an overall regain of energy and motivation with the longer days: my mood is better, I feel less stressed and anxious, and I basically just want to do stuff.

Looking forward to:

  • Bars and restaurants opening: here, in Belgium, the bars and restaurants should open (for outdoors dining only) next week, after a 6-months long period of take-away only. Other restrictions are also going to be eased out in the next weeks and that makes me incredibly happy. This doesn’t mean I will rush to a restaurant the second they open again, but that there is hope and that we are finally seeing an end to it. I know it is not the same everywhere in the world, but I hope things will start improving in every country.
  • Days off! The month of May is, somehow, filled with public holidays + I took some days off to have longer weekends, so I’m just really looking forward to that.

How was April for you? What are you looking forward to?


Published last year in April:

Walking around Triana in Seville
Exploring Granada
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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼

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  1. Such beautiful photos!

    Hallerbos looks and sounds so magically! I could totally do with visiting some place like that right now. 😊

    Yayay! I’m glad things are opening up in Brussels. It must have been so hard these past few months. I can imagine how good it would feel to sit in the sun and get a glass of wine. Have fun! ❤️

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    • Thanks! I feel very lucky to have such amazing places next to home! 😊 Not being able to go to restaurants and bars was definitely hard because it is also linked to social life and seeing friends – I hope it will only improve from now on… Thank you for dropping by and stay safe 😊

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  2. I’m glad to read how much you enjoy Spring in your neighbourhood! I could’ve sworn that you would characterize Belgium as a windy and rarely sunny/beautiful place hahahah It’s also cool that you got to make a quick trip to Italy and back without staying too long. I can only imagine how drained all that must have been. How was work throughout the month? I hope May will prove to be another fantastic month for you, Juliette! Stay safe. 😀

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    • I know right?? Belgium can be very surprising and this year it was actually quite sunny (though I am writing this now and there is a storm outside)! Going to Italy was indeed a bit tiring, but changing my environment was mostly beneficial! Work was absolutely horrible and I feel like I am constantly running around while sitting on my chair, hopefully it will improve! Thanks for dropping by Lashaan, and I hope you had a great month as well 😊

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  3. Wow, so many beautiful and colourful spring flower photos, Juliette. I have to say that Belgium looks quite charming during the spring season. While many tourists head to the Netherlands to admire the tulip fields, I would definitely go to Belgium because it’s very hard to beat that magical blue carpet that covers the forest floor created by bluebells. I am glad to see you had a chance to visit Hallerbos; I wouldn’t be surprised if fairies lived there – it’s just too beautiful. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    • Yes, Hallerbos is definitely home for some fairies, it is exactly how I would picture their environment! 😊 I would love to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands (there are some in Belgium too but they seem a bit small) – maybe it will be my spring adventure for next year! 😊 Thank you for reading and commenting! Have a great month of May!

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  4. Flowers are really blooming this year, as evident in your beautiful photos! My April was filled with lots of food adventures (pick-up and delivery), one weekend hike, and my second dose of the COVID vaccine. Otherwise, I honestly cannot wait to have a paid day off from work, as I didn’t have any in April. Restaurants and other businesses have already opened up here in Los Angeles, and I’m looking forward to actually meeting up with my friends for lunch (al fresco, of course) later this month. We’ll have to see– enjoy your May!

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    • Food adventures are among the best! It’s amazing that you already got your vaccine! I don’t think I will get mine before this summer… but luckily restaurants are starting to open here too so I’m hopeful! 😊 Thank you for reading and have a great month!

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    • Thank you! I was really impressed with Jojo Rabbit – it’s quite hard to make a funny movie out of something so serious and “touchy”!

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  5. It look so beautiful – especially those flowers at Hallerbos! I’m so glad things are opening up for you and you’re having some time off in May. I’m also feeling a lot more positive with things opening here, and I have 2 weekend trips (just staying in England) booked in this month too, which is very exciting! Have a great week 🙂

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    • Wow, that’s very exciting to have 2 weekend trips planned! Even if it’s in England, but there are so many nice places there that I’m certain they will be amazing! Thank you for reading and commenting and have a great week too! 😊

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  6. Spring in Belgium looks so pretty! The bluebell forest looks amazing. Happy to read that you were able to visit family. It must have tough to have been seperated from family for a long period of time. I’ve also see both Jojo Rabbit and What we do in the shadows- they are both hilarious. I am all for a spring garden- I only get morning sun in this apartment so have only got succulents and indoor plants but I love trying to propagate more. A month with more long weekends sounds bliss- enjoy!

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    • Thank you for reading! The bluebell forest was really magical and it also smelled amazing! It’s so cool that you are able to propagate your indoor plants! I find that very satisfying 😊 I wish you a great month for May!

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  7. Spring is glorious. Like the world just erupted in beauty. Makes one happy instantly, right? I also watched What we do in the shadows. It was hilarious. Shame, shame, shame was my favorite part.

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    • Yes, everything is so colourful and sunny in spring – I love it! So cool that you liked What we do in the shadows too! That part was indeed hilarious!

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