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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?

Remains of the Day (1)

I’m still on day one of our trip to France over here – well, day three really (day one was spent getting to Orleans and day two was spent sitting in the car with crowds and crowds of other people fighting their way south for the holidays) but this was our first full day at my brother’s house – so this post has no theme. Nothing connecting the pictures. Except that they’re the ones that were left after my last couple of posts and I wanted to get them uploaded so we can move on to day two. I can’t even remember what day two consisted of anymore so it will be almost as much of a surprise for me as it will be for you.1. Pooch (this may be the pooch my sister-in-law refers to as “sac à main” – handbag – because he/she spent so much time in her lap, but I don’t really know because there were too many dogs for me to get to know in such a short time) and flowers.2. Swings. There will be more pictures of the swings since hiding in the shade of the big swing tree was the only sensible place to be (apart from in bed with the shutters closed) during the heat of the afternoon. Besides, it also sheltered a slide, a sandbox, a tent with mattress and hamsters and much much more so it was one of Charlie’s favorite place to be while Amélie and Clotilde where off kitten-pestering. Oh, and that’s Charlie and Charlie on the left and Charlie and my dad (with Sam in the background) on the right.3. Flowers with ants (they must have been yummy flowers).4. The picture that makes me wish I had a wide-angle lens so I could have got the kite and all the people into the same shot.5. Cottie in the grass at sunset with magic Rapunzel glowing hair.6. Some of the other inhabitants of this little corner of the world that I found as the sun went down.

4 September 2012 - 10:01 AM amanda - Looks like heaven on earth

4 September 2012 - 3:24 PM Teresa - *sigh* how wonderful. I want to fly in a tree swing!

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