Bordeaux Photo Diary // December 2017 – Suz and the Sun

Bordeaux Photo Diary // December 2017

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Did you ever go somewhere and fall in love at first sight? That’s how I feel about Bordeaux.

We initially only stopped in the city so that we could rest for an evening in – what we’d heard was – a beautiful city before the final leg of our road trip down to Spain. I had no idea that it would become one of my favourite cities in Western Europe in about 0.8 seconds. Because we loved it so much, we actually decided to give it two more nights of exploration on our way back to (rainy) Belgium, this time with my brother and cousin in tow.

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Our first afternoon consisted of walking around with Hobson, checking out Avenue Saint-Catherine, and sampling a few glasses of Bordeaux red at Cafe Edouard. Obviously, I’m a shopper and became immediately intrigued by the idea of a mile-long shopping street. Chaotic, but right up my metaphorical alley.

On our second trip, I found a good tip for food across the river from the center, or where we were staying, at a really interesting restaurant called Magasin Général – lots of nice bio food. I wish we had made our reservation for a time when everything else in the area was open, but alas – an 8.30 dinner was what we had in store, and a glass of red wine with my steak tartare was just what the doctor ordered for our walk back across the river.

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The next day was a lot of eating pastries, drinking coffee, walking through Jardin Public to the mini Statue of Liberty (‘A surprise for the 3 Americans’, according to PJ) and then shopping, shopping, shopping. Bordeaux is apparently one of the rainiest places in France, according to a very cool tourist map we consulted, but we luckily only had the rain for about 30 minutes in the morning. In the evening we ventured out again for food, but we unluckily chose the busiest time so we had to ‘settle’ for Greek, though it was delicious.

Before I get on to more photos, here are some must visit addresses for your trip to Bordeaux:

La Boulanger de l’Hotel de Ville Jocteur – the above mentioned bakery – the best I’ve ever been to
Magasin Général – for a luxe meal that you can feel good about
Miroir d’Eau – we were lucky that we actually got to see it on our first visit. This water mirror was unfortunately all dried up at the end of December
Le Bistro d’Edouard –  a Hobson-approved cute little resto on Place du Parlement; our waiter was very happy to have a little dog on their terrace
Fifty – the coolest luxury vintage store near our favourite bakery. The shop-owner is extremely charming and helpful. If I could have, I would have spent a lot more money instead of just buying the Italian leather boots I’m still obsessing over. Absolute must-visit for vintage lovers.
Aux Quatre Coins du Vin – Okay, I know these types of wine bars aren’t extremely new, but I hadn’t experienced one up until this point. You get a card worth €30 that allows you to get a glass of wine of your choosing from any of the machines within. You can choose a tasting size, half or full glass, and the price you pay reflects your choice. Whatever you spend, you pay – the card won’t stop you from getting more. But be careful, there are a few very pricey glasses available1 My personal favourite was the Gabriëlskloof Syrah

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I honestly can’t wait to visit this city in the warmer months and for a bit longer; I wouldn’t mind a visit to the City of Wine and maybe some vineyards in the surrounding area. My best friend and I are already planning a return. Croissants and a beautiful glass of red – I’m ready for you.

If you have any other addresses for me to keep in mind, please let me know!

xox, 
Suz

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Holidays in Sweden – Malmö, Gothenburg and Falsterbo – Suz and the Sun

Holidays in Sweden – Malmö, Gothenburg and Falsterbo

Gothenburg. Sweden city hall
I’m finally uploading the pictures from our Christmas & New Years up north. I finally got my hands on my dad’s Canon (which I subsequently took possession of, Merry Christmas to me), so we spent quite some time messing around with it over the 10 days we were there. 

It’s always nice to go home for the holidays. Seeing as my ‘home’ doesn’t really exist anymore, PJ and I spent the holidays at my parent’s new place in the south of Sweden (along with our cat and dog – that was a long 12 hour road trip).

We arrived on the night of the 22nd and were out shopping the next day! I can’t say that Belgian shopping is better than Swedish. I just can’t. Plus my parents live right off of Gustav Adolf Torget, which just so happens to have all of the shops I love nearby, with the addition of Samsoe & Samsoe down the street…

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with my grandpa in Falsterbo by the beach, where we also spent New Year’s day (check the pics later) after a hilarious NYE with some friends at their house and then sparklers and singing outside of Malmö Opera. 

Christmas in Gothenburg

In between then, Peej took me on a little road trip up to Gothenburg! I went 2 years ago with my Canadian ladies (which was one of the weirdest experiences of my life), but this time we spent all the time in the world doing what we wanted to do as old people. This included me being wayyyy too excited about seeing a Sephora, attempting to visit a viking ship that was actually a deceptively named hotel, having the snarkiest bartender at ÖlRepubliken, having beer spilled all over PJ while watching a hockey game, and playing boules/bocce in the basement of BouleBar across from the Feskekôrka (fish church).

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Gothenburg recommendations:
Boulebar, for no other reason than being so much fun
Wasabi Wok & Sushi (We’d already had so much Swedish food and that edamame with curry paste and sea salt – my mouth is watering while I think about it)

The Edblad store to shop fun jewels – even PJ bought something

Walking by city hall on a sunny day

Check the awesome statues, especially Poseidon on Götaplatsen up Avenyn. 

The NK department store, especially fun during sales

Da Matteo (on Magasinsgatan) for coffee and pizza (not at the same time – unless you’re into that, no judgement)

Every single design store you can possibly walk into 

Slottskogen to see the outdoor zoo and ALL of the kids playing. Especially funny in winter when they’re all wrapped up like marshmallows

If you have time, the Natural History Museum is like taking a trip back in time, and they have the world’s only stuffed whale? G-borg, you weird. 

Haga Nygata, and specifically Café Husaren for huge kanelbullar and hot coffee on a cold day, or take your kaffe to go and walk the sunlit street!

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Feskekôrka, Gothenburg

The hills of Slottsskogen, Gothenburg
Sunset over Slottsskogen
The view outside of the natural history museum, Slottskogen, Gothenburg
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Walking down Haga Nygatan in Gothenburg
A statue in Gothenburg

Basically, just walking around was such a joy. We spent a lot of time outside, and next time we’ll go back during the summer and do some canoeing on the archipelago with some friends!

The rest of our trip was pretty low key, considering I had to work one day and we had a pretty exciting NYE. Though Peej finally got to his first hockey game, and the Malmö Redhawks won 6-0 from Orebro. Redhawks fans for life, now. 

I’m already looking forward to going back to see my family (and all my aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives that will fly in) for Midsummer, and to FINALLY see my friends from my corridor in Lund. We missed each other this time and it was tragic. 

A final picture of my boys on the beach, close to where we’ll be singing and dancing this summer:

French Bulldog on the beach in Falsterbo, Sweden

If you have any other recommendations for places to see/things to do in southern Sweden for next time I go, because I definitely have not seen it all, let me know!

xox, 
Suz

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A weekend in Boulogne-sur-Mer – Suz and the Sun

A weekend in Boulogne-sur-Mer

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This weekend we had such a nice time exploring Boulogne-sur-Mer. I’m not entirely sure what inspired our trip there, but we got talking and immediately decided it was the perfect Autumn weekend destination because 1) the sea and 2) the AQUARIUM IS NO JOKE. We could’ve stayed in there for hours. It’s the type of place that I wish you could bring a bottle of wine and just enjoy the scenery. Like an underwater sunset. But not wet. And with no light. So nothing like that at all, really…

We arrived Friday night (after listening to Southern Nightmare on the way – super interesting but the first four episodes were also super depressing). Because we know they allow dogs and we’re not fussy at all, we stayed in the Ibis just a few minutes walk from the city centre, and about 15 minutes from Nausicaa. Being the couple that we are, we brought a bottle of champagne and talked the night away. No complaints here, most of my favourite nights are spent with PJ, Hobson and a glass of something good, chatting about everything and nothing all at once. 

On Saturday morning we took a beautiful walk through the town, stopping to admire the Saturday market and loaves of bread that were about as big as my torso, and definitely bigger than our tiny boy. We romped around the ramparts of the old town, enjoying the little streets, an installation of sculptures inspired by 16th-century poetry and fables by Jean de La Fontaine (like the city mouse and the country mouse). 

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We passed by the cutest buildings and bakeries, and after a mini Autumn-themed photoshoot with Bob, we made our way back to the hotel (obvi stopping for croissants on the way) so that the little nugget could pass out and we could make our way to the aquarium. 


Yes. The aquarium. It. Was. Amazing. Much like the ocean, I also have a slight fear of aquariums. I always have that moment where my life flashes before my eyes and the glass cracks and all the water rushes out and the sharks devour me. A fairly active imagination, I know. 

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But man, this place. It was recently renovated and reopened. Split into two sections, the first takes you around one extremely large tank, with different viewing stations and information guiding you along. But once you get to the large view, it’s truly like a window into the depths. We made friends with some sharks and tiny fish and kept telling ourselves that we would watch one of the eagle rays pass “just one more time”. I’m certain they glided by us over 10 times before we finally moved to the second section. 

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This view alone is worth the admission ticket. Pro tip: take your break here. Buy a bottle of water and get off your feet for as long as you like and just enjoy it. 

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This was also quite nice, but my favourites were, of course, the sand tiger shark and sea lions. I love the penguins but prefer seeing them in Cape Town (which might be the most pretentious thing I’ve typed on this blog). We also tried to get in touch with our fishy friends in the touch tank, but the water was cold and those rays just weren’t having it anymore. 

When we finally left, we walked past the water to a little place off the town square for some steak tartare, beef, fries and creme brûlée for dessert at Le Dôme’s terrace. I may have also peaked into Sephora since we don’t have those in Belgium

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In the evening, we walked Bob to the water and that golden hour sunlight did him well. I will always claim that my boy is the most handsome in the world (but all dog people do this, so my proof is rather subjective). Our evening ended with some beautiful fish dishes at Chez Jules. Definitely the place to go if you have a large party. If you want to go somewhere else on a Friday or Saturday night in the city, make sure you book a table in advance!

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So, overall, 10/10 would recommend visiting this little town for a relaxed weekend of good food, sunny terraces, and hours among our under-the-water friends. Just don’t be like PJ and ask why they aren’t selling seafood in the aquarium. In there, fish are friends, not food. 
xox,
Suz

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Impressions of Marrakesh // Morocco Part 1 – Suz and the Sun

Impressions of Marrakesh // Morocco Part 1

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To celebrate 6 years together, PJ and I travelled to a place we’d never been before – Marrakesh! It came about in a pretty funny away: we were searching for a good November location and each thought that the other wouldn’t be interested in a trip to Morocco until we finally brought it up over a glass of wine…and so we booked a trip back to the same continent where we met in 2012!

After countless Pinterest searches and endless travel blogs, I thought I was well prepared for the absolute chaos that is Marrakesh. From the motorcycles, horses and donkeys winding their ways through narrow souk alleys, to the call to prayer sounding from mosques all around the city, and the madness of Jemaa El-Fnaa Square with its monkey handlers, ever-changing food stalls and snake charmers; with all of that hustle and bustle, and the rush of tourists each way you looked, I can assure you that I was definitely not prepared.

But even amongst the chaos, you can easily find moments of calm. The sunsets over the square once we’d found refuge at a panoramic cafe or the roof of our riad, the soothing smells of our incredible hammam, and the little corners of buildings that you could think about living in forever.

And though it’s impossible to capture every aspect of a city with pictures, here’s the jumble of images with which I left Marrakesh (in addition to a magnet, straw bag, pair of sandals and argan oil in my hand baggage. I am a shopper, after all):

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Marrakesh surprised me – not always in the best ways – but I’m so happy that we got to experience this incredible and intense city.

Have you been to Marrakesh or other parts of Morocco? What surprised you?

xox,
Suz

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Loves of the Last Week // 17.2.19 – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // 17.2.19

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Oh man – what a week! Valentine’s day dinner was delish, I got some great news on Friday (see my last love), I officially joined my floorball team, and spring is finally here (though while I love the warmth, it’s unnerving that it was 60 degrees in the middle of February)! That, and it’s officially one month until I turn 29. Last week had its ups and downs, but I’m glad that everything happened. 


I am obsessed with bury a friend by Billie Eilish. It’s like Lourde and Regina Spektor combined into an amazing sound. 

Laneige everything! I tried a sample box of their overnight line and am obsessed. Wow. It’s been about a week and I’ll be repurchasing full sizes as soon as my samples are done. 


A tiny bit of stretching each night has given me a bit less morning misery when I wake up after my weeks of much harder exercise. 

The pigeons are back in the tree outside our place. I don’t particularly like them, but they truly are the first sign of spring for us here in Gent. 

Those colour-block leather slingback that I mentioned last week? They’re perfect. 

I scored a few goals in one of my innebandy/floorball scrimmages last week, and I feel like I’m already improving!

THIS piece of magic. I LOVE this hot air set from BaByliss. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover the wonder that is light, fluffy, slightly styled hair. 

It’s been an expensive month, but I’m highly considering this perfect spring sweater.

And now for the big one…I’ve been going to speech therapy for about a month to fix the way I speak and use my tongue. It’s been described as ‘infantile’, but we can already tell there’s a huge difference!

Alongside that, for my insurance to cover my speech therapy I also have to fix a bite issue. So, tomorrow evening I’m getting fitted for my Invisalign trays! My dentist emailed me on Friday to let me know they were ready. She has been amazing and I’m so happy to have her treating me. I only have 22 sets and will be changing weekly, so fingers crossed it goes by fast and painlessly. Perfect teeth and speech, here I come!

Hopefully next week I’ll be saying that clearly and not lisping with a mouth full of plastic ????


xox,
Suz

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