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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Dust Fairies

On the first day of our holidays, we drove from Brussels, round Paris, to Orléans. We’d decided to stop in Orléans for the night instead of driving all the way to Albi in one go. We stayed at the Mercure which was lovely and comfy and had a freezing cold pool despite the heat. It also had rather dusty beds. Or maybe everything looks dusty in this light. Maybe the air is always this full of little dirt particles. Either way, it was pretty. Hotels should definitely cultivate their dustiness.

While we were in Orléans, we also met up with a lovely colleague of mine from Minneapolis. For any Cargill friends reading this, there will be pictures of Jill sitting in a spinning tea-cup at some point in the future… Watch this space (Jill – you do of course have the right to veto that!).

22 August 2012 - 6:53 PM tara leigh - pure magic. seriously. MAGIC, i say!

22 August 2012 - 7:02 PM Cass - Guess how quickly my camera was grabbed from my bag when I saw this. Don't think I've ever moved that fast. Who knew dust could be this pretty (despite the bright orange curtains and all)?

22 August 2012 - 7:26 PM amanda - These are magical! Like a scene from Peter Pan. Looks like he's going to start flying any second :)

22 August 2012 - 7:41 PM Cass - I had a little Wendy playing in the fairy dust too, but she was a little mental, waiving her arms round like a crazy person and giggling. Pictures came out a bit blurry!

22 August 2012 - 9:54 PM Purple Bliss - Who new standardized hotel room could display a little touch of magic:-) and no, it's not just the camera :-p

22 August 2012 - 10:10 PM Cass - Thank you Ms. Dallas x

23 August 2012 - 9:05 AM Amélie - This dust is so beautiful ! Totally magic.

23 August 2012 - 5:22 PM tara leigh - i'm officially obsessed... which of course naturally leads me to say, you guessed it, i'm going to need a print of this (lower left, if you please). haha.

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