Author: Juliette

Join me for Green December!

Today’s post is going to be a bit different than my usual travel-related ones, but it is for a special occasion. Even though I don’t talk about it a lot in here, climate and environmental issues are really important – and worrying – to me, and I think bringing awareness to these issues is crucial nowadays. This is why I decided to take part in Green December, an initiative launched by the global movement NOW!, which aims at solving the biggest challenges of our time, from climate change to extremism, by uniting people all around the world to tackle these issues together. They do so many things and are truly inspiring, so I suggest you check out their website and follow them on Instagram for more details! As one of their core values is ecology, NOW! has launched a petition on January 1st 2020 to ask the UN Security Council to declare a global climate emergency. In this context, they started a campaign, a sort of call to action for people all around the world …

The Rikugien Gardens in Tokyo

There are not many places that struck me as much as this park that me and my sister explored on a wonderfully sunny day in Tokyo, and that is why I think it deserves a whole post to itself. Not only this place seemed to come straight out of a Ghibli movie, it was also very quiet and far from the busy streets of Tokyo.

The Inspiring Bloggers tag

You might have noticed that I wasn’t very active on the blog recently, mainly as I have been trying to find a new routine that works well for me and allows me to have some time – and mental capacity – to blog regularly. I am slowly getting there though, and the best way to do so is by responding to Anjali’s nomination for the “Inspiring bloggers” tag. Anjali’s blog, Chasing the Maximum Life, is a little gem that will not fail to inspire you in so many different topics, from fashion to lifestyle. Anjali is such a supportive blogger, so I strongly encourage you to check out her blog! The rules are to include the logo in my post, thank the lovely blogger who was so kind to nominate me, answer the questions they asked and nominate other bloggers who inspired me by asking them 5 new questions. Questions asked by Anjali: If you weren’t into blogging, what’s the one thing you would probably be doing instead? I feel like I already do so …

Monthly review – September 2020

This September felt both like a busier summer and like a cold October, but the “Indian summer” we’ve had at the middle of the month provided a much needed “closure” for summer, and I am finally excited for autumn again! My favourite things about this month: The last summery days: at the beginning of September, the weather already started to get colder, as if autumn was already there. Some days later, however, the sun came out again and the temperatures started to rise. I wasn’t really ready for autumn yet, but thanks to these last few days that definitely felt like summer, I’m ready to start this new season! Plants: I mentioned in one of my previews reviews that I was a very proud “plant mum”, and having new “babies” definitely lit up my days. I get extremely happy (maybe too much considering I’m talking about plants) when the sun shines and I can arrange my pots so that my plants get a bit of sun! They’re growing really well and I also managed to …

A morning at the Atomium

I’m not even going to talk about how long it has been since I published a local adventure and I’ll just quickly move on to today’s topic: the Atomium. The Atomium is this huge landmark in the North of Brussels, that can be seen from pretty much any high point in the centre of the city, which is the reason why I had never been there, even though I already spent a year in Brussels: I felt like I had already seen it since I can see it from my office window! Anyway, last weekend was a special occasion because some of my friends decided to participate in a biking race in Brussels, which ended at the Atomium. To cheer them up on their arrival we decided with other friends to kill two birds with one stone and go there to greet them, while seeing this huge building from below. Even though it is not in the centre, the building is easily reachable via metro, so it wasn’t complicated at all to get there. The …

Monthly review – August 2020

And just like that, summer already seems to be over. For many different reasons this month didn’t really go as planned, but I still feel like I managed to enjoy it and take a much needed break from all the things I always feel like I “need” to do. My favourite things about this month: Summer: I always feel like if the temperatures doesn’t reach at least 35°C, it’s not a proper summer. Well, finally we got to very high temperatures, in the South of France and in Brussels. It didn’t last very long but I’m still very happy that I could go out in the evening without being cold! Renewed motivation: in the past few months I struggled to feel motivated for my side projects, which mainly involve language learning. However, somehow, I got super motivated to work on a lot of different things lately. This new impulse gave me so much energy and a whole dose of positivity, which is why I put it on my favourites! Eating out: with the warmer weather …

Short getaway in Osaka

During my trip to Japan, a few years ago, I spent most of the time in Tokyo but I did manage to go on a very short weekend in Osaka, as a quick getaway, and to see a bit more of this amazing country. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and offers a large variety of sights and things to explore for tourists. One of its most famous landmarks is the Osaka Castle, which we sadly didn’t have time to visit. We did however thoroughly enjoy our stay there and took in all the wonders the city has to offer. In this post I will quickly mention the main things that we saw and did, and how we decided to spent this great weekend away from the capital! Sumiyoshi Taisha: Also called “Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine”, this is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, and its architecture is considered as “purely” Japanese, meaning without influence from Asia’s mainland. It is like a huge temple complex, with a lot of different buildings that you can explore for …