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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?


Some of my favorite memories from my early childhood are water related (playing on the pebbly beach in Hastings, making up synchronised swimming routines with my best friend in her pool – or re-enacting the Opal Fruits advert – and exploring the murky waters of our local lake in France before it was cleaned up and commercialised). Amélie doesn’t spend nearly as much time in the water as I did but I hope she keeps equally good memories of it. More from the fourth day of our week in France…


22 September 2013 - 8:16 PM Emma - Oh the fun we had! " Opal Fruits.... Made to make your mouth water"!!! Starburst doesn't have the same ring to it does it!!!!!! Great pix Cass- takes me back to Sunny days in Sussex.... And the lake :) xxx

22 September 2013 - 11:11 PM Jane - I think I've got some photos of you and Emma re enacting the opal fruit ad somewhere - they are in a photo album somewhere ..... I'll see if I can track them down!! xx

23 September 2013 - 5:55 AM amanda - Ah that looks like so much fun!

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