Planning a weekend to Dinant? This little town in the south of Belgium offers the perfect mix of history, culture and beer. It’s a cute little town and perfect for a weekend away.
I feel like the older I get the faster time flies. Maybe I just do more or I learned to really appreciate the time I have on this beautiful planet – and man this planet is beautiful!
When I was 13 I designed a model house for class – we had to draw and build (in scale) our dream house. I designed a farm estate, one where the house is built in a square and you have an entrance gate, like in the Middle Ages.
I don’t know why, but I just love the view of a house in a square, with an entrance gate and a patio in the middle. I guess I’ll need a lot of money before I can make that dream come true. But I just love the set up. That’s one of the first reasons why I fell in love with Kasteelhoeve Wange.
My week in Belgium has been fast, busy and pretty great. It feels like I’ve been here way longer or like I never left!
I never expected this, but the weather is so good. During the day it’s sunny and 28 degrees – can you imagine, coming from 0 degrees at night in New Zealand? I especially adore the long days! I wake up every day at 6.30am (jetlag?), see the light through the curtains and think it’s 9am. It feels like I’m tricking the world, by flying from a NZ winter into a Belgian summer.
You know it’s been a long time when you are looking up restaurants in your home city. That’s right, I am booking a dinner with some girlfriends next week in… Belgium! I’m visiting Belgium!
And I have no idea what’s still there, what’s cosy and delicious. It’s a very weird feeling, as I used to know the newest spots in town. Now I need to rely on Google..
When the news of the terrorist bombings in Belgium reached me I was filled with unbelief and then I got very angry. Which #@é&&!# dared to mess with my people at home, with my small beautiful country. There has been a lot of bombings lately, in Paris, Istanbul, Pakistan, Tunisia, but you never get used to it. Every time again I grieved. For humanity. But when I heard about the terrorist attacks in my home country it just hit me right in the heart.
So yes, I am back in Belgium… It’s been almost two weeks now. And it feels weird!
My first days were amazing, seeing my family and friends again. A nice brunch at my brothers place with my brand new nephew, a big BBQ the day after with the rest of my family, drinks and food with my girls, a bachelor party for one of my girlfriends that’s getting married, and so on. Moments of happiness!