More Beach Time

It feels like summer isn’t ending in Brussels. Even the days that look a little cloudy when you wake are soon glistening. My mum came to visit last week and to show off the glorious sunshine, we took a day trip to the beach – De Haan again – just an hour and a half…

POP-UP SABLON

I don’t think I’ve ventured to the Sablon district of Brussels on the blog before – it’s rather fancy – the V shaped square is bordered in cafes with outward facing chairs for a supreme people watching experience – à la Paris and topped with the exquisite Sablon church. Walking around Brussels with mum recently,…

Fils de Jules

There are only a few restaurants left on Rue du Page that I haven’t eaten at. As a creature of habit I find myself returning to the ones I know, trust and love rather than visiting the ones I desperately want to try. Picking a restaurant last minute in Chatelain on a Wednesday is not…

Jamie’s Bombay Chicken (sort of)

I just can’t help myself these days can I? Faced with the eternal question – what to have for dinner – and in a desperate bid not to have to decide, I *perhaps stupidly* asked James to pick anything he wanted and I would make it. I quickly regretted the idea when I saw him…

Take A Hike

At the weekend, the boys and I headed off for a hike. Driving just under two hours from the city, we parked up at a small town in the Ardennes in South-East Belgium and headed off. Originally we planned on taking the 10km 18A route however, a few km into our route we lost our signposts…

Wanna go to the Seaside?

This week, on the recommendation of a Belgian friend and in light of the fabulously scorching sunshine, Heather, Stewart and I headed to De Haan for a day on the Belgian coast. I was rather nervous. I mean the Belgian coast doesn’t paint an exciting image, the south of France, well that is a better picture. With…

Summer Salad

What a glorious week it has been. My first experience of + 30 ºC in Brussels and I hear the heatwave is treating most of us in Northern Europe to a summer *finally*. The hot-weather always throws me on what to eat as always I crave the more heavier dishes in life – pasta and pizza…

Claridge’s

For those not from London, Claridge’s Hotel is a British landmark. Set in the heart of Mayfair it has accommodated, fed and watered (well maybe adult water) many from London and afar since the 1800s. Among many stories from its rich history, I was most amused to learn that in 1945, Winston Churchill requested and obtained…

Five Musts For A Brit Before Moving Abroad

It depends a little on the “why and how” you are moving abroad but there are some key things that I suggest you may need to do – mainly because I finally got around to them about a month after moving. Although you may be very fortunate and have someone who will take care of…

Throwback To The Move

Facebook memories are a wonderful thing. I love looking back at what I was posting or tagged in from years gone by. Recently, a photo appeared of the day I helped James pack-up and move to Vienna. That was three years ago. We are fast approaching James’ 1-year Brussels anniversary (next Tuesday). I remember the…

The Luxe Life

On Monday, I treated my mum to a spa day for her birthday. I too was also treated. You may recall earlier in the year James set me some New Year’s resolutions, and you may also recall that I succeeded at one in particular, I did not eat chocolate for six months. Due to James’…

Having a Dam Good Time

The City could not have looked more beautiful on our last day, as the sun shone brightly over the canals. It was James’ birthday and bank holiday monday too which made the day extra special. We spent the morning strolling along the canals and admiring the architecture. Before we stopped-off for pizza. As a pizza…