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Brussels stole my heart…

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is a travel inspired one and it’s on Belgium, Brussels in particular. Last summer I went to Brussels for a long weekend and I absolutely adored it. Home of chocolate, waffles and beer- what more could you ask for?

The Grand Palace, which is the central square of the city, is stunning. All the buildings are painted with gold and there’s a lovely atmosphere. (Brownie points for anyone that can spot the Starbucks- it’s the first thing I noticed!) It’s a wonderful place to visit both in the day and at night.

The Grand Arcade, which is just a few metres away from the Grand Palace, is a beautiful shopping mall filled with shops selling lace, traditional beers, waffles, ice cream and chocolate- of course! There were even a few shops making chocolates in the windows for the crowd to watch.

The chocolate shops were definitely my favourite to visit. They often had little samples to try! The shops had so many cute decorations and gifts too.

But would it be a trip to Belgium if I didn’t go into a Pierre Marcolini? I’d seen online that they were doing the mix’n’match ice creams and I knew I HAD to try one. I had mango sorbet dipped in milk chocolate with nuts and it was so good!

Another on the ‘to do’ list was OF COURSE, The Waffle Factory. It would be rude not to?! I had a Liege waffle with fresh strawberries and lotus biscuit spread. It didn’t disappoint!

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Although I didn’t actually have the waffle for breakfast… I had it for a late lunch! My breakfast was actually courtesy of Godiva… and yes, they tasted just as good as they look!

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Finally I had to try a beer tasting board. Although I’m much more of a Prosecco&Cocktail girl, it’s a must! I really liked the Jupiler beer but the Strawberry beer was my favourite! So much so, that I ended up bringing some home!

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If any of you are looking for a city break away, I couldn’t recommend Brussels enough. I barely touched the edges as there’s so much more to this beautiful city but I can’t wait to return!

Love as always,
Rosie
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Blogmas- Käthe Wohlfahrt!

Hello Lovelies,

Whilst at the Christmas markets in Brugge, I popped into Käthe Wohlfahrt- a german Christmas shop, aka. MY DREAM. It was amazing. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take photos but it was honestly magical. You know the Christmas toy shops you see in the old films? Imagine that but extra-christmassy! I could’ve spent ££££ in there… but I managed to control myself and I bought the following;

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They were quite expensive but they’re so sweet and cute- I couldn’t leave them! If you ever do come across a Käthe Wohlfahrt, make sure you pop in!

Speak Soon,
Rosie Lauren
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Blogmas- Christmas Markets

Hello Lovelies,

Welcome to Blogmas day 2! Apologies for this post being up slightly late, I have started my December in Brugge this year and the wifi is rubbish. However, that is what today’s post is all about- Christmas Markets! I have always loved Christmas and the festivities, so I am in my element when it comes to markets. My favourite so far has been the Christmas markets in Vienna but this time I jumped on the Eurostar to Belgium!

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Home of Beer, Chocolate and Waffles, there’s an abundance of food and drink to try. For this trip I stayed in the town of Brugge and the main market is food&drink oriented. I mainly ate from the market on the first night and I was so excited that I bought almost one of everything. Firstly I had Bratkartoffeln, which is a German pan fried potato dish with bacon, onions and cream- it has become a favourite of mine. I also had ‘Frites in a cone,’ which is typical Belgian? and a foot long Bratwurst. Obviously I then washed this down with a nice mug of Warm Gluhwein.

 

Chocolate is another food I ate a ridiculous amount of… but December means no restrictions on food… so I had Chocolate Orangettes, Chocolate truffles, Hot Chocolate, you name it! And the waffles.. THE WAFFLES! I had pretty much every toping possible. Speculoos is the only correct topping however.

 

          The sights of Brugge were beautiful too. It’s a wonderfully picturesque town. I ended up walking a lot to soak up all the beautiful architecture (along with the Christmas lights!)

 

 I don’t think there’s anything more suitably festive than walking through an old, pretty town with a mug of Gluhwein in hand and Christmas songs playing the distance.

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This photo shows one of my favourite places we visited- isn’t it just beautiful?

The town was decorated top to bottom and the markets sold beautiful decorations too. I also visited ‘Käthe Wohlfahrt,’ which is a Christmas shop. Yes, CHRISTMAS SHOP! It was magical, with glittery glass decorations glistening in the fairy lights and trains whizzing around the shop. Needless to say I spent a fair amount of money in there…

But I also bought baubles from the market, which were hand blown&decorated. They were stunning. Shops often had trees up to show off their decorations and they were stunning too. I love walking through Christmas markets because I never necessarily know what I want to buy, but I end up seeing so many pretty decorations. I have enough for my whole tree to be re-vamped this year!!

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I hope you enjoyed my little insight into Brugge. If you can get to a local Christmas market, do!, it will get you feeling super festive!! If you’re lucky enough that you can make it abroad, do that too! But make sure you bring your hats, gloves and scarves because it’s starting to get very chilly!

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Speak soon,
Rosie Lauren
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23 days to go!

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A Little Spanish Break…

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you’re all well! A few weeks ago I had a little trip away to the Costa Dorada, Spain and gosh- it was lovely! So I thought I’d share some bits and bobs…

Little Spanish towns are the cutest and this one in Barcelona was beautiful. With narrow cobbled streets, decorated with flowers and greenery, I could’ve walked on for hours! If you know me well, you’ll know I’m a shopaholic, so the adorable little Spanish shops were 100% my thing!

Usually I hate markets but Christmas or Spanish are exceptions. Spanish fan? A must souvenir of course! Although, upon returning to the UK, I have genuinely needed it. Churros? A definite must. I LOVE churros, especially the sugared ones but chocolate sauce is okay with me! Huge spreads of fresh fruit were a big thing at the market too and I have officially had the JUICIEST water melon.

I stayed in between Salou and Cambrils, two very lovely towns, during the San Juan Festival. Which meant that during the festival, we were surrounded by bonfires and thousands of firework displays! It was an amazing evening, everyone was in all white, sipping cocktails on the beaches with their BBQs and letting off fireworks. I personally had a few cocktails but you can’t go to Spain without having sangria right?! 1 jug please!

As much as I loved the Costa Dorada, Barcelona stole my heart. It was perfect. Tapas along the sea front and the magic fountains were my highlight. The fountains were AMAZING!! Honestly, to say they were magical would be an understatement! I didn’t even take any photos of the show because I was too busy actually watching it in amazement.

I hope you all loved my little Spanish break post, let me know if any of you have been!

Speak soon,
Rosie Lauren
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