My favorite Instagram pics of 2015
Instagram is still my favorite social media channel. Although I recently discovered the joys of Snapchat too. When I travel I always check out local hashtags or Instagram locations to discover new events, people, or interesting corners. Above is my "2015bestnine": my 9 most liked pictures of the year. It's always surprising to see what people love more/less. Plants are always very popular, just like colors and pink houses. But there are some very unpopular images that I really like. Like this picture of our (then unfinished) bathroom. I remember that I was so happy to move forward with the wall finishes of our bathroom. The picture shows lots of beige/brown/grey and dust, probably not as inspiring as my happy and real feelings behind the image. That's probably where Snapchat comes in: more instant realness. Something I would definitely like to experiment more with in 2016. But on the other hand: my most precious memories of the year weren't captured by my phone or camera anyway. I loved and love being disconnected.
Anyway, these are some of my personal favorite pictures I posted this year on Instagram:
The amazing view on our 8-hour hike in Ordesa National Park in the Pyrenees /// my favorite #joelixruns picture of the year /// a beautiful composition in Barcelona.
The blush wall at the fabulous Villa Savoye /// bit off the head of a Lego minifig ice lolly /// Loved participating in #dresstherainbow by Brittany
My husband gifted us matching Chucks for our 15th wedding anniversary /// grout and tile porn in La Ferte Millon /// View from the plane after running my first 10K in Nice
Minty pharmacy in the Oise /// My feather collection from my childhood /// Wall paper patchwork in Pont Saint Maxence
My purple heart plant is behaving weird /// Beautiful tiles at Praktik Garden in Barcelona /// Paris is a movie scene: scenes with Marion Cotillard
Emojis in the wild, I had my husband pull over and take this picture /// The impressive power of high tide on Noirmmoutier island /// Some of the green souvenirs I collected in Spain
I wish you a wonderful New Year's eve! See you next year with (finally!) the after-photos of our new bathroom!
My favorite jungles of 2015
Lush green urban jungles seemed to be everywhere I went in 2015. I visited half a dozen botanical gardens and a planty jungle shop and stayed at a true Urban Jungle Bloggers hotel. These were my favorite jungles from this year.
An abundance of palm trees, cactus plants and succulents at the Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera on the Montjuic hill in Barcelona. It's a big botanical garden with a view over the Mediterranean. Stunning! /// Plants, more plants, tea, coffee & cake, workshops, cool planters, plant hangers, botanic artwork, small and big green gifts, gardeners tools, soil, seeds, gardening books, watering cans, planty workshops and so much more. Wildernis Amsterdam is a true Urban Jungle Bloggers paradise!
When I was asked to pimp a deckchair for Out there Interiors, I couldn't help but turn it into a grassy jungle chair! /// A tropical oasis in the middle of Central London? That's the Barbican Conservatory.
In the summer I stayed at Praktik Garden hotel: an Urban Jungle Bloggers hotel located in the super central Eixample area. There's a lush green terrace for all hotel guests and the lobby and entry are dressed in potted plants. /// In 2015 I visited several plant fairs and events like the Jardins Jardin in Paris, Open Garden Squares in London and the Journées des Plantes in Chantilly.
Cactus and palm tree paradise in the middle of the city: the Jardí Botànic in Valencia. /// Smaller and with a completely different collection of plants: De Hortus botanical garden in Amsterdam. Education and research since 1638!
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My favorite trips of 2015
For work, for my blog and UJB, for fun and to visit family & friends: I visited quite some lovely places in 2015!
For my birthday Robert and I spent a night at the Joke hotel in Paris and visited the fabulous Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais. /// We worked so hard and really deserved (and needed) this long break in October: we spent 3 1/2 weeks in Spain where we hiked, walked, slept and explored so many fabulous places, like the Desert de Les Palmes near Valencia.
In the spring we escaped our (too) busy lives for a week in Western France: we explored the Vendée and biked at Ile de Ré. /// Early October I went on a quick but very fun trip to Amsterdam to speak at Meet the Blogger: we won the Innovation Award and visited the Hortus botanical garden.
In the middle of the summer I was in Barcelona for the first time and LOVED it. So much that Robert and I went back for a week during our trip through Spain in October. /// In November we slept in this cabin on the water, in our Oise region. In the early morning I saw a heron fishing at one meter from our bed. Quite the experience!
► My favorite trips of 2014 are here.
► My favorite trips of 2013 are here.
My favorite shops of 2015
At Restored in Amsterdam you'll find a really nice selection of small brands that will make any Urban Jungle Blogger with a contemporary style very happy. /// Les Petits Hauts in Paris is a very feminine & Parisian boutique but the courtyard designed by HeJu is really beautiful. Perfect for a little break from shopping in the city of love ;)
Great coffee, no wifi, no decaf, no unattended kids but with fabulous Matagalán terracotta pots and plants: I loved Satan's Coffee corner in Barcelona. /// Delicious salads and planty green gifts at Sla Amsterdam.
Anki from Zilverblauw published her first book Shoot! this year and you can shop it here. I can't wait for it to be published in English, because this is a photography book you actually WANT to read. /// Another really nice plants & coffee (& cake!) shop: Dulce de Leche in Valencia.
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My favorite buildings of 2015
Visiting plant nurseries makes me really happy, but visiting amazing architectural masterpieces is my second favorite. These were my favorite buildings that I visited in 2015:
A surprisingly exciting "new" place not far from our home: La Plage des Lys, which used to be the-beach-to-be for Parisians. /// I loved the pink, blush and sunny façades in Nice, like at Patisserie Auer.
An amazing carpet, a floating roof, lots of marble and sharp lines at the Mies van der Rohe pavillion in Barcelona /// A former mail sorting office converted into a cultural center: Le Tri Postal in Lille, France.
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