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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Loves of the Last Week // 3.2.19 – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // 3.2.19

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This week has been long. It’s honestly hard to believe that we only got back from celebrating PJ’s graduation in London on Tuesday because it feels like it’s been a lifetime since then.

So. I’ve been thinking, and there are way too many things in my brain to be able to recount them to you, my friends, my colleagues, my boyfriend – even Hobson! Thus, I’ve decided to start up a new series (inspired by Grace Atwood’s weekend reading) on the things I’ve loved this week. I hope you enjoy. A small disclaimer – I know my tastes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea/coffee/wine/whatever, but I like what I like and, as someone who blogs, I love to share.

I picked up this tinted mascara primer on Monday and was so presently surprised that I enjoyed wearing it by itself.

I just finished (like 5 minutes ago) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and it was easily my favourite series finale episode ever. I know some people don’t like it, but it’s such a nice, lighthearted series that lets me take my mind off of other things.

Speaking of other things, I also finished You this week and consider me terrified of everyone now. Wow. Kudos to Penn Badgley for playing that crazy part so well (and not defending his character’s actions on Twitter).

I started playing floorball again! After my first foray back into it on Saturday in London, I mustered up the courage to meet a shit ton of new people and play with a bunch of guys who are way better than me. My legs were dead, but I felt like I did fairly well for my first time in a while. I did get one major high-sticking call, but they were pretty impressed with my control of the ball in the air, soooo I’ll not too upset about it.

I took up the Kondo method without watching her Netflix show once, though I did read this BF article. I hate watching people clean – it makes me feel extremely guilty since I just don’t have that need for my place to be spotless in me. I didn’t get the gene – sorry Mom. But it did make me feel better so I definitely understand why people use it.

I started listening to My Favorite Murder religiously and I feel like Georgia and Karen are my best older friends that will keep me young forever. Fun fact – they talk about my aunt in an episode! Another fun fact – they’re not very kind to her (she wasn’t a murderer, I promise) so I won’t be divulging the episode number here.

Started following a couple new Instagrammers recently: ZoeLaz and Haylsa for some inspiring imagery and beautiful editing. Love it.

And finally, today I read this incredible Vanity Fair feature on the life and unfortunate death of war correspondent Marie Colvin, the subject of A Private War, the new film starring Rosamund Pike. After reading, I’d love to see it.

What have you been loving this week? Leave me a comment (especially if it includes links or recs to new articles/podcasts/shows/movies)!

xox,
Suz

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Loves of the Last Week // Paris Deconfinement Edition – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // Paris Deconfinement Edition

It’s happening: Paris deconfinement phase 1 begins tomorrow. It’s been a tough 2 months, and 11 May 2020 is a day that I know a lot of French residents are looking forward to, and will likely never forget.

So, what’s been going on this last week?

I’m so flipping excited about the Paris deconfinement, I slept.

While it may not seem like much of a reaction to some – this is just the third time I’ve slept through the night since I was 16 years old. That’s right, world! I’m so excited – so unbelievably happy – that I slept!

Last night, we had a crazy thunderstorm that turned into an electrical storm that lasted for hours. I ended up just watching the window instead of John Oliver. In my defence, John, I’d already seen the episode and was rewatching for PJ’s sake.

I’ve been prepping for Spring since before knowing I’d be allowed to see friends again on the 11th, and that includes slowly stockpiling bottles of rosé. Our fridge currently holds this very affordable (not to mention absolutely beautiful) Soupçon de fruit Rosé de Loire that we cracked open last night for dinner, this Minuty Prestige 2019, and this stunning bottle of Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses that’s been in our fridge since the first week we moved to Paris. Can’t wait to pop the (glass) cork with friends at a very small, socially distanced gathering on Monday!

This past week I used a few Train Like a Ballerina videos and am super impressed with the difficulty of these workouts! I’d love a ballerina body for summer – or forever…

You might’ve read that we’ve been enjoying coffee together a lot more, but our Nespresso reached it’s final limits yesterday. In an effort to be more sustainable, we got ourselves an espresso machine that uses actual beans and makes cappuccinos. Here’s to reducing our waste and supporting our local coffee shop by buying their beans!

No lie – I’m really excited to shop again. No, I’m not going to buy everything on each of my wishlists. That would be unnecessary and ridiculous. But I really need to replenish my skincare. I ran out of three different products that I was using nightly and my skin has noticed a difference. I’ve begun using up the rest of my products, but I can’t wait to have this, this and especially this (though it’s out of stock everywhere) back in my routine.

And what am I looking forward to most?

Of course, seeing my friends again is a top priority. But I honestly cannot wait to go for a long, leisurely walk and relax on the banks of the seine. We’ve got our masks ready, and I’m an extremely cautious person. So, you can be sure I’ll be following all the guidelines, but being able to relax along the water without fear of a fine is making me so, so happy.

I hope your last week was as good for your mental health as mine was. If you’re struggling – hang in there! There are brighter days ahead. If we’re vigilant and follow the rules set out by experts, hopefully we can all enjoy a return to a relatively normal life.

But if you need it, reach out to those that can help you. Call your friends, family, doctor, counsellor – there is no shame in needing support, especially when none of us knows what the future truly looks like.

Sending love to you all. I’ll be raising my glass to everyone and our Paris deconfinement on Monday evening.

xox,
Suz

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