arlon & luxembourg


These are the pictures from Arlon and Luxembourg, my second trip since I've arrived in Belgium. (The first was a quick visit to Binche, to celebrate Carnival. But since their tradition involves throwing oranges at people I thought I might want to skip on photographing that one!)

We hopped on a train to Luxembourg a couple of hours after seeing a bit of Arlon. Luxembourg is small but it does hold quite some beauty. I was particularly enamored with the Old Quarters and Fortifications. The place got me curious mainly because it's a country I normally wouldn't have the opportunity to visit. And after that, since so many of the Luxembourgish community has Portuguese roots, I was curious to see to how our cultural footprint influenced the daily life there. Luxembourg is very international - I'm thinking the average Luxembourgish speaks about 3 to 4 languages. And while I didn't get to speak Portuguese with anyone, I was able to find products from Portuguese brands, Portuguese establishments and someone who thought they ought to learn Portuguese already. It's a weird way to put it and not entirely accurate, but it was probably my most Portuguese day since I've arrived.

diaries // 04 2015


The perks of living in this part of Europe are growing on me more and more. It is incredibly easy and cheap to travel. I went to Lille... I went to Ghent... I went to the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken in Brussels - I guess you couldn't consider this one travelling, but this something that opens for less than a month every year and is exactly the kind of place I'm bound to like. Put me anywhere with flowers - greenhouses, gardens, fields - and I am going to be happy. In fact, the main reason why this post is late is because I spent my weekend too busy looking at flowers and other pretty things.
But anyway, here's April in a nutshell.
(More here.)

1. ghent i // 2. serres royales de laeken i // 3. new stationery
4. ma belle ville // 5. the view from the palais // 6. amadeus
7. gravensteen // 8. ugly belgian houses i // 9. avez plaizier
10. ugly belgian houses ii // 11. souvenirs de lille // 12. lille
13. cornichons // 14. serres royales de laeken ii // 15. writing my journals
16. leaves // 17. easter sunday // 18. film & a mix of gifted and bought postcards
19. gent from the canal // 20. r // 21. serres royales de laeken iii

P.S. - I've been thinking. Is there something you'd like to see on this blog? A type of post for instance: Brussels travel guide, reviews, anything? I'd love to know :)