I am finally back with a short blog post to tell you about a very nice local adventure I went on in December of last year. I haven’t uploaded one of these in a while and it is one of the things I really want to start doing a bit more of this year, so let’s start with a small throwback to 2021!
So, about two months ago I went with my boyfriend and some friends to the Lanterna Magica event in a park located right outside of Brussels. This park is quite famous in the area because there is a beautiful castle at its centre, the Château de la Hulpe. For some years now, they have been hosting there a beautiful event to make winter a bit less depressing and grey: the Lanterna Magica.
Basically, the park is completely decorated with different types of lights and ambiences, which all follow a walking path that leads you all across the park, next to the castle and then back. There are lights, music and animations – as obviously this also attracts a lot of families with kids – and the overall atmosphere is truly magical.
The point is to go there in the evening when it is already pitch-black anyways, and follow the path. There was a beautiful musical staircase, glittering flowers on a small lake, colourful (and a bit creepy) gnomes, hanging lights in huge trees and all of this was reflected on the large lake at the centre of the park.
I realise that the way I describe this is not great, and definitely doesn’t do justice to the event, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves!
Overall, I thought that the idea was absolutely amazing, and it kinda felt like you were really walking in an enchanted and magical forest at night. Apart from the crowds, the main downside to it was the very muddy path, which distracted a bit from the gorgeous surroundings.
I loved this experience and I thought it was a really nice way to do something a bit different and make the most of the very short days we have in winter.
Is there something like this where you live?