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Monthly review – July & August 2022

These two summer months have just been amazing. My summer started off with two weeks of holidays where I went to visit my family in the South of France and Italy – where I also traveled to Tuscany. After a few weeks in Brussels, I left again for an idyllic week in Greece, followed by two weeks in Brussels.

My favourite things about this month:

A small square with a fountain in the town of Lourmarin, Provence
A little square in the town of Lourmarin, Provence
  • Bubble tea: a new boba place opened next to my boyfriend’s place, so needless to say I’ve been indulging in this delicious drink at every occasion! It’s crazy to think that I didn’t like it before! Do you like it?
  • Ice cream: with my holidays in Italy and the hot summer weather, ice cream is pretty much the best thing to eat in summer and I love it so much! I usually always go with the same flavours, but during my trip to Italy, I experimented quite a bit and I’m really glad I did!
  • Skechers shoes: when we were in Rome, we stopped in a Skechers shop to buy shoes for my sister and I also tried some on… and bought myself a pair. They are soooo comfortable! I’ve used them every day I visited Rome and also when I was in Greece and I will for sure pack them for my upcoming trips!
  • Waterstones: it is a British book store that has a branch in Brussels and I just love it! The books all look so beautiful and interesting – even the ones on seemingly dull subjects. I’ve be going a few times over the summer and every time I had to fight the urge to buy pretty much everything – I didn’t always succeed ahah!

My latest trips and adventures

Lavender fields in Provence
The lavender fields of Provence
  • South of France: as I was saying in my June Review, I started the month of July in the South of France, where I went on a daytrip in the Gorges du Verdon and visited Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Arles. I already knew those places but it was still really enjoyable to rediscover them.
  • Florence, Tuscany and Rome: after the South of France, my boyfriend, my sister, her boyfriend and I went on a 10-day trip through Tuscany and to Rome. I have already talked about our few days in Florence – our first stop – and I’m preparing two separate posts for Tuscany and Rome. It was a fantastic holiday and I loved every minute of it!
A narrow street in Greece
A narrow street in Greece
  • Ghent with friends: when I came back to Brussels, I went to Ghent with some friends. It was a really short drive from Brussels and there was a festival going on – which I wasn’t aware of until we got there. The city is always quite busy but it was a whole other level and I loved to see how they organised it to welcome this music festival. It was a really fun experience!
  • Holidays in Greece: in August, I went to Greece for a long week with my boyfriend and I absolutely loved it. We visited Athens and two Cycladic islands: Milos and Paros. It was a fantastic holiday and we did so many amazing things that I just can’t wait to share it on here!

Hobbies and distractions:

View on the Tuscan countryside
The Tuscan countryside
  • Gilmore Girls: I probably mentioned it in one of my monthly reviews this year, but I’ve been rewatching Gilmore Girls basically the whole year (it takes me a long time to watch a series, I know), and I also watched for the first time the mini-series that takes place 10 years later. I still have mixed feelings about it, but I just loved rewatching Gilmore Girls, it is such a comfort show!
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, the movie: in April, I mentioned that I finished reading the book Where the Crawdads Sing by Celia Owens. Well, this month I watched the movie that just came out and quite liked it. I feel like some parts of the book, especially the relationship of the main character with nature and her environment, were not really the focus of the movie, which was a shame, but maybe that’s because the book is usually better than the movie. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts if you watched it!
  • Reading: I loved reading this summer, and apart from the many guidebooks that I had, I also read a short book about Greek islands and Normal People by Sally Rooney. I don’t know how I feel about this last one because I feel like everyone was saying how amazing it was but I’m not sure I’m convinced… It was definitely good, but maybe the main characters were not very relatable to me. Have you read it? What did you think?

General thoughts:

Summer is really my favourite time of the year, with the warm weather, long days and holidays, and I feel like I’ve been extremely lucky this year to be able to go on many beautiful holidays – and I’m not even done with them! I also managed to see a lot of my friends, try new places and just enjoy this season exactly in the way that I wanted. Maybe it’s because I was able to wear almost all of my summer outfits, but I feel quite ready to take on the month of September and the first days of autumn. There are still a few summery weeks left so I will, of course, try to make the most of them too!

Looking forward to:

  • Portugal: as I said, I still have some holidays left, and I’m leaving soon for Portugal for a road-trip with friends. I can’t wait to discover this country which has been on my bucket list for so long! We’re going to Lisbon and Algarve, so if you have suggestions drop them in the comments!
  • Going back to my routine: I have struggled with keeping up with my routines over the summer – understandably – but I’ve also been experimenting with new ones, and I’m actually quite excited for this trial-and-error process of finding out exactly what works for me in order to feel productive and accomplished but not burnt out. Let’s see how it goes!

How were July and August for you? What are you looking forward to?


Also published in July and August:

How I keep my Travel Journal
A Day in Avignon
Day Trip in West Cornwall
Cooling down in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
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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. A bubble tea place opened up at walking distance from my house and I have been going crazy ordering from there. They had this summer favourite – mango with coconut milk. Yumm!

    Gilmore Girls is my favourite comfort show. I watch it every time I’m down. My favourite episode is the season 4, episode 2 – Rory’s first day in Yale.. it’s just about Lorelei and Rory and that episode is all kinds of warm and fuzzy.

    Normal People has been on my TBR since so many bloggers have been raving about it. But I get how a book with unrelatable characters takes away from the charm of the book.

    Have fun in Portugal. ❤️

    I had two trips in the last two months. One to the beach and to say bye to my granny – which was a sombre affair. The other to the hills which was so much fun. Although I don’t travel again till October so.. can’t wait!

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    • Oh yes, that episode of Gilmore Girls is so nice! I have all kinds of favourite ones but for sure it is a great comfort show!

      If you read Normal People let me know what you think of it! It is a really good book but yeah, I’m a bit conflicted ahahah

      So sorry for your granny, this was for sure not a very fun trip… but I’m glad you had fun for the other one at least! Have a great month of September!

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    • Yay, thanks a lot! We actually had only 1 day in Lisbon so we tried to make the most of it with a free walking tour that showed us the main attractions! It is such a beautiful city!

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  2. You certainly had a wonderful summer with a TON of travel– I’m envious! Glad you got to enjoy boba (bubble tea) close to home: like you, I didn’t used to like it as a kid (even though I’m Taiwanese, and boba comes from Taiwan!), but I did get on a huge kick of drinking it during my university years…now as I’m getting older, I don’t enjoy it as much (too heavy and too sweet), but on the rare occasions, I’ll get one! Can’t go wrong with the standard milk tea with boba!

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    • I also didn’t like it at first because I tried the weird bubbles that “pop” in your mouth or the tea was just not very good. It is only when I tried it in Montreal a few years ago that this weird obsession came ahahah! Thanks for reading!

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  3. Hi, Juliette, wow, just look at all the wonderful trips you have been on, I am glad to see that you made the most of the summer months! I haven’t read Normal People by Sally Rooney nor have I watched the famous television series that were actually filmed in Sligo, but they both were a big hit in Ireland and around the globe. Have a great time in Portugal, I can’t wait to read all about your trip! Aiva xx

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    • Oh, I didn’t know Normal People was filmed in Sligo! Can’t wait to watch the series and recognize some places you mentioned in your blog! 😊 thanks for dropping by!

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  4. Love posts like this. I don’t really chase bubble tea, but if they were conveniently available, I actually don’t mind them. I prefer milkier versions than the lighter, fruity versions.

    And Skechers really are a hit or miss. So far it’s a miss for me, but so many people have commented on their comfort, so I guess there really is something to them.

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    • Yes, I also prefer the milkier versions of bubble tea, it goes perfectly with the tapioca “bubbles” 😊

      I’m surprised that Skechers can be a miss, I was so surprised at how comfortable mine are ahah, maybe that’s because I never had really comfy shoes before 😂 thanks for dropping by!

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  5. These past months and the ones to come sure sound busy and fun on your end! I do hope you make the most of your time in Portugal and enjoy the food and landscapes there too. As for bubble tea: I did not know that you didn’t enjoy them at first. I imagine the options were limited back then but man, it’s hard to imagine life without them today! 😀 Have an awesome month of September!

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    • I mean, I didn’t hate bubble tea, but it was just not my thing… until Caro made me try it in Montreal ahah since then I looove it!! I think that’s also because I had only tried the fruity bubbles..! Thanks for reading Lashaan!

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    • Ahahah this summer was indeed filled with blue skies! That’s also because I usually don’t go out as much when it’s grey ahah! Thanks for reading!

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  6. Sounds like you had a busy yet exciting summer! South of France, a few more cities in Italy, and the Greek islands, you went to places what people from other parts of the world like to call ‘dream destinations’. And you’re not done yet! I’ve heard only good things about Portugal, so I have a feeling you will also enjoy the country.

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    • Absolutely! And I feel so lucky about being able to go to all these dreamy places 😱 I guess that it is also easier to travel within Europe as they are all pretty close! I am currently in Portugal and really love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I love boba tea! I must admit that I share your sentiment re: Normal People. And I have Where the Crawdads Sing on my TBR list.

    Looks like you had a great summer. Love the photos! 🙂

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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one with this opinion on Normal People! But I will try another book by the same author soon! I can only highly recommend Where the Crawdads Sing! It is really a wonderful book! Have a great month of september and thanks for dropping by!

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    • Yes, I agree, it touches upon a lot of important and interesting topics! If you liked the movie I can only recommend the book which is, in my opinion, even better! Thanks for reading!

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