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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?

What is this plant?

The red one, above them. What is it? It’s amazing. I want to grow some in Belgium (these pictures were taken at sundown in Mendocino, California, in April this year).

7 August 2014 - 5:43 AM Steve Aldrich - Possibly, maybe, a red crepe myrtle.

22 August 2014 - 2:31 AM amelia - it does look like a crape myrtle. We have a pink one in our garden.

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