In the north-western part of the Brussels region, the area of Laeken is known for its huge park, the Atomium, the Mini-Europe tourist attraction and the Royal Palace and Greenhouses. It is there that the Belgian royal family has its official residence (yes, there is a Belgian royal family!). Once a year, the Greenhouses open their gates for only a few weeks to allow everyone to see how majestic and beautiful they are.
If you’re not new here, you may have realised that I have a thing for flowers: they brighten up a gloomy day with their touch of colour, liven up a room with their sweet scent and they are simply the sign that spring, summer and longer, warmer days are coming. So, of course, it was almost my duty to check the Floralia flower show, right next to Brussels!
Behind this odd name is a beautiful 6 km hike that follows the course of the only Belgian mountain stream throughout tall trees, slippery bridges (in winter) and beautiful waterfalls. I went there with some friends at the beginning of the year and it definitely exceeded all my expectations.
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!
Finding beauty in the ordinary also means marvelling at nature’s wonders, and when you can’t travel to the other side of the world to discover something completely new and extraordinary, well you just have to find that little bit of magic in your everyday life.
As with some of my previous local adventures, this new one is all about flowers and specifically about bluebells. These pretty purple flowers look like tiny little bells and were in full bloom at the end of April. They are usually found in woodlands and are typically associated with fairies and magic.
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.
I haven’t written a Local Adventure in such a long time! To be fair, I was so lucky to be able to travel a lot and visit a lot of new things in the last few months, that I didn’t really have “local” adventures, just regular ones!
The South of France is pretty well-known for its lavender fields. The best season to see them is summer, usually from mid-June to mid-July, as they are in full bloom and haven’t been harvested yet.
I have been pretty busy lately so I didn’t really have time to write much. However, I did manage to squeeze in a tiny “local adventure”, right before spring turned to summer.