Author: Juliette

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 …

10 days in Japan: Tokyo and Osaka

Two years ago, I could check a long-awaited trip off my bucket-list: Japan. It is one of the countries that I had wanted to visit for the longest time, but it required a lot of planning and saving. The day finally came and in June, two years ago, when I went on a 10-day-long trip to Japan with my sister. We mostly stayed in Tokyo but went to Osaka for a short weekend, with a friend.

8 Things to do in Linz, Austria

Linz is Austria’s third-largest city, although it is not as famous as Vienna or Salzburg. However, it is worth the visit if you find yourself in the north of Austria one day, or if you are a fan of electronic arts and modern art in general.  In fact, as a former European capital of culture and member of the UNESCO Creative cities network, its artistic and cultural scene is exceptional. I was lucky to discover it at one of its best times, during the Ars Electronica Festival, that takes place each year in September. Here I will talk a bit more about the city in itself and what I liked about it – festival aside: things that you can see, do and enjoy in this peaceful Austrian city. Enjoy the cultural and artistic scene: Granted, I visited Linz during a very popular event that attracted people from all over Europe (maybe the world?), so it obviously felt like a lively and vibrant city, despite what my Couchsurfing host told me! There are many museums and …