One week ago I was here: at the Stilleben shop in Copenhagen. It was on top of my must-visit list, after visiting their former shop a few years ago. They were launching their new Memphis tableware collection and throwing a little party. Yay!
In Scandinavia people take their ceramics very seriously. In all the homes I stayed in, I found nice collections of cups, vases and bowls. Not like here in France where many homes are equipped with factory-made tableware. Last time I visited StillebenI fell in love with the bonbonnières by Julie Bonde, and this time I found their pink cones, inspired by sugar loafs, to be so pretty!
The packaging of these beautiful Scandinavisk candles immediately caught my eye, as well as those cute leather suspensions by Caroline Gomez.
A yellow surprise
Nothing makes me more curious in a city than open doors. I love peeking behind them to see what's going on: how people live, where they work and simply discover what's going on behind the pretty façades. When I spotted this classy grey staircase in the city center of Copenhagen, the bright yellow glow called my name. I had a look and took my most liked instagram picture. This yellow courtyard is such a perfect place for breakfast or a break from the city rush. Very invigorating, don't you think?
No more Danish pastries
Hi! I'm back from a short trip to Denmark and Sweden. I said goodbye to clear blue skies (and a few clouds), salty air, sweet friends, delicious Danish pastries and lots of Scandinavian style. But I brought home lots of pictures and a few hotspots to share with you in the upcoming days and weeks. And I'm back to running again, because my gear didn't fit in my little suitcase. Feels good :)
Off to Copenhagen and Malmö
After an entire summer in France, I'm flying to Copenhagen today! I visited Copenhagen during our Scandinavian roadtrip two years ago and at the time I liked it even better than Stockholm and Oslo. After exploring Stockholm earlier this year, I can't wait to see more of Copenhagen, indulge in Danish pastries and meet up with friends in kaffehusets...
I will also cross the bridge between Denmark and Sweden to visit the charming city of Malmö. Have you ever been there? Any recommendations? I know there is a Granit store that I'm looking forward to visit ;)
Oh and of course you can follow me along on instagram and twitter if you like.
My first giveaway
Today I'm hosting my fist ever giveaway! But, not on my own blog. As you may know, especially if you follow me on instagram, I started running in June... and I became addicted. I discover new things in my neighborhood and I feel so much fitter! Currently I pick blackberries on my runs and enjoy the empty streets during this everyone-in-France-is-on-holiday month. This morning I went for my 42th run and honestly, I never thought I would have liked it so much.
For years I thought I couldn't run, because I never found a good sports bra. I have large breasts due to terrific genes (oh yeah...) and most regular sports bras don't work for me. Until I found this awesome Panache sports bra. I'm so excited about it, that I want to tell every female runner about it. And what better place to do so, than on a blog focused on running, written by young women, called Just Keep Running.
Panache Lingerie liked the idea and generously offered a bra & shorty to give away to one of the readers. The giveaway at Just Keep Running is open to Dutch and Belgian readers only, but you can also purchase Panache sports bras online. More info here.
running snapshots from my instagram
Did you have a nice weekend? Here in the Oise we enjoyed a super sunny Saturday and decided to visit a random place. Along one of the roads leading to our place, is a sign that points to a castle where we had never been. We Google Streetviewed the sign, tried to see what it read (as you can see it's very pixelized), found out and drove to the Château de Raray.
We were in good company, so no matter where we'd end up, we would have a good time. Turned out: the surrounding village was cuter than expected and the very well maintained castle overlooked a huge golf course. Perfect for a nice little walk along the green, where I spotted this cool trash bin.
There were also 40 hunting dog statues, some with quirky tails:
The castle itself is used as a conference center and hotel, there's also a restaurant and sunny terrace, but above all: it's a really nice and quiet place to play golf (which we didn't).
I liked that they used the deer and dogs in the logo too:
It was a very random visit, at less than 25km from our home, that felt like a mini-vacation. Do you ever go on trips like these?
Remember I had big plans, like growing watermelons and honeydews to make ice cream this summer? Well, the plan was nice, but the heatwave and hail storms didn't do any good to my little garden. The only plant in full force is the honeydew plant. It's huge! I grew it in our greenhouse in the same pot as a little palm tree I'm growing. Currently it features cute yellow flowers, so I'm hopeful (or naive?) there will be melons at the end of the summer:
Are you harvesting anything this month?
What about orange?
What about the color orange? Do you like it? I'm particularly biased. I guess it has to do with the country where I grew up: Holland. Once a year, on King's Day, the entire country turns orange. People dress in orange, eat orange pastries, drink orange beer and homes are decorated in orange. And if there's a football championship, everything becomes orange all over again. You get free orange goodies with your grocery purchases and any imaginable drink or snack comes in orange. Complete madness!
When I look around in our home I draw the conclusion that we don't own a single orange "thing", except 1 pair of scissors plus some oranges, carrots and apricots. We do have a lot of yellow and a lot of red. But we never mix the two into a bright sunny orange. Why? I guess my husband is to blame: he grew up in the 70s and has some kind of orange trauma. In one of our former homes I made us some orange curtains for the kitchen which gave a lovely warm hue to the room. He hated them so much that I took them down soon after. It's important that we both feel at home.
In art school I used to dress more colorful which provoked smiles all the time. Just like my current pink glasses do these days... Such a cliché, but I guess that's what bright colors do to people! Bruno Poirier, a French painter living in Paris, just loves wearing color and the most important color in his work is orange. I stumbled upon this video and think his dedication to one particular color is admirable. Beside the love for bright colors and paint, we also share the same birthday! Have a look for yourself:
And you? Do you like orange? Do you have any orange at home? Or maybe some neon orange accents?
first photo by me - the others are stills of the Let's Colour video about Bruno Poirier.
A floating hospital
When I told you that I'm fan of the weekend, I didn't know what the weekend had in store for us. Turns out I'm not a big fan of this past weekend. Even though I had lots of fun and was surrounded by my favorite people, it was also very stressful and included a visit to 2 different hospitals. So today, let's leave all of these troubles behind and go on a little tour to Portugal!
I realized I never showed you any pictures from our visit to the Gil Eannes ship last year. What used to be a floating hospital for deepsea fishers in the cold waters near Greenland, is now a museum and hostel. What I liked most about the visit, was to imagine the life of the crew on board. Can you imagine practising surgery on someone at rough sea? Or baking bread, or taking a bath?
The doctor was really handsome (and the photos of him posing with the same patients, quite hilarious).
He also was the only one that had a bathtub in his suite. Maybe that's why he looked so smooth?
The Gil Eannes ship was built in Viana do Castelo in 1955 and served up until 1984 in the seas of Greenland, Newfoundland, Canada, Angola and Norway as a hospital, as well as a flagship, icebreaker and post ship. In 1998 the Community of Viana do Castelo rescued the ship from being scrapped and entirely renovated the ship, to show the world what life on the ship was like.
The renovation is very nicely done. You can visit the chapel, kitchen, engine room, bedrooms, waiting room, bakery and the surgery room:
If you're ever near Viana do Castelo, Portugal, I warmly recommend you to visit the Gil Eannes. It's nice to travel back in time and I promise you'll have a better time in this hospital than you've ever had in a regular one. At least I know I did!
Not a fan fan
The title says it all: I'm not particularly fond of electric fans. But as we are in the middle of a heatwave here in France, we need them. Our home has no windows, only 2 doors and the outer walls are made of glass, so we almost live in some sort of greenhouse. We try to stay cool with fans but at the end of the day (or after 1 hour) I'm just so fed up with the noise of the electric fans. Ugh.
But on the other hand: I love eating popsicles and be fan-less outside. I wish you a very cool weekend!
Artwork "Beyond the Fans" by Zilvinas Kempinas: 2 perfectly positioned electric fans keep loops of magnetic tape in the air. Dynamo Exhibition, Grand Palais, Paris.
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