You may or may not know that we are head over heels in love with our hometown Antwerp. And oh how we jump for joy whenever a new hotspot opens its doors. In the beginning of September, The Recollection came to town. An amazing new concept store in my favorite street in town: De Kloosterstraat.
The Recollection houses clothing and accessories, interior objects, art, books, beauty products and even flowers. It’s a unique space where you can spend your time browsing the impressive items The Recollection has to offer. From Australian beauty brand Aesop to the designs of Maison Martin Margiela, the shop slash gallery is one big paradise for people who love fashion and design. One thing is for sure: this shop is a must when you’re visiting Antwerp. Check out the website for details on their amazing brands including Piet Hein Eek and Haustier.
Movie night in a hot tub. I mean come on! ‘Nuff said.
Having been brought up between gliders and pilots, I’m one of the few girls that thinks that “Top Gun” is a cultural must-see, knows the name of several types of clouds, knows the difference between a wooden and a plastic glider and can almost recite the pilot’s alphabet -I said almost-. This is the place where I learned how to ride a bike, built camps with people that are still my friends, learned how to park a car and even almost stole a tractor -the wheelies weren’t me-. We hung clothes in trees, I found a complete gardenset (chairs included) on my caravan one morning, have seen the most amazing thunderstorms and sang through the night in the middle of the airstrip.
Even though I’ve never actually learned how to fly, I still love being in the presence of airplanes and will always look up when I hear one flying over. As I said in my previous post, the second I step out of my car in French glider heaven, I’m instantly relaxed. If you’re still wondering what I’m doing there, here’s a short recap: sun, gliders, dogs, swimming and -well- cocktails. I hope you like the pictures, it’s the first and probably only time you’ll see gliders on a fashion blog.
I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and this is the reason why, I was too busy preparing for Brazil, and now my first 24 hours here are already behind me! So as I’m getting used to my new surroundings I send you a postcard from Sugar Loaf mountain, a picture of possibly the most breathtaking view I have ever seen.
Koh Tao was the final stretch of my 3-week Thailand adventure. Being a bit disappointed with the fact that I couldn’t go diving, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to spend an entire week in diving paradise. But I soon met some very cool people (including my first Belgian) that weren’t diving either so I was able to chill with them. In the end I ended up having so much fun that I didn’t even have the time to go to the nearby island Nang Yuan (also because it was raining for my last two days) and ended up not taking a single cooking or yoga class. A shame I know, but hey, there’s always a chance I can do it on my next trip to or through Thailand. After all, I still have a lot of diving to catch up on.
- Sairee Beach-
Koh Tao is a great island. Thailand often seems like tourist central and not that Koh Tao doesn’t have one tourist shop after another, it just feels a little bit more authentic than the other Thai islands (frequent powershortages included). Being low season, there were often no more than 10 other people on the beach with us. Quite a difference to Koh Samui and Koh Pagnang from what I’ve heard and definitely less than what I figure from high season Koh Phi Phi madness.
Koh Phi Phi is such a gorgeous place on our planet that it deserves a post to itself. With my foot being messed up, I spoiled myself to a fancy hotel with a great view and a pool. I figured that if I couldn’t swim, I could put at least one half of my body in the water. I’m traveling trough Thailand in low season which means a bit of rain once and a while but most of all, just a fraction of the tourists. On an island where they give earplugs at check-in, I could hear the waves while laying in bed. And let’s face it, isn’t that just the best sound?
Wow, so much has happend since my last post. I was so happy to see so much green and then finally the beach. My first stop was Ao Nang, a tourisic little village in the Krabi province. Nicer then Krabi town, much better than Phuket from what I hear and a perfect take off point for all the other islands on the Andaman coast.
The Ao Nang beach is impressive but definitely not the most impressive one you’ll see while in Thailand. I soon met a local diving instructor, Antoinette, who is simply a great person (if you’re going diving, Aquavision is the place to go). She first renamed me ‘Ray’ (which I actually started listening to) and took me for a night dip on the other side of the cliff ( ask for the monkel trail and simply follow it). This was a magical experience with so many visible stars, the moonlit limestone cliffs and the glow in the dark plankton (I for one did not know plankton glows in the dark). Read more..
Not to bore you with more Thailand blogging, but as I’m travelling through this wonderful country I’m keen on keeping you up to date with my route. Patricia will have to take care of the fashion section because all I’m sporting currently is shorts, super light tops and rompers. Everything that is lights gets the go ahead. I had a hard time believing that I wouldn’t need long pants on this trip and what do you know, never take more than 1 pair of pants to South-East Asian countries and leave the jeans home!
/ Ayutthaya /
Back to my trip, Ayutthaya was great and I was very happy to get out busy busy Bangkok. I put my backpack in a random hostel for a day and rented a motorbike. Even though I was completely filthy after biking around all day, it was the best time. It was very hot and even though a lot of people recommended biking the city, I would say no thank you. Read more..
Now that Marijs is in Thailand, it’s about time that I post part two of my own adventures there. Feels a bit like stealing her thunder as I’ve had ten months to do this and only now get around to it, but I hope it will maybe give her (and you) some more travel inspiration! I’ve tried to keep it concise, which resulted in a post of more than 50 pictures. Oh well… I guess that just means Thailand is too beautiful.
Riding on the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, a town consisting out of temple ruins north of Bangkok, I already wanted to share with you some images of my first solo trip on the road. It took me a little adjusting to BKK before I settled in. The first day, I was off to the Chatuchak weekend market. I ended up buying nothing, but I would like to find at least one beautiful silver necklace while here.
My second day was spent sightseeing at Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew and the palace. Yesterday I enjoyed a day in Chinatown and closed off the day having dinner and drinks with a Belgian friend at the amazing bar/restaurant Smith (which you can find more info about in Patricia’s post on BKK). The night got even beter when we decided to go to Sirocco sky bar to enjoy the tremendeous view.