A wise person a few days ago told me that it is not good to trust those who do not like flowers.
Beauty is in small and big things, only sensitive and sharp spirits are able to appreciate it.
In Flanders I have found so much, this is the tale of the magical Belgian spring.
The amazing flowering of Hallerbos bluebells.
You will be very amazed at what I am about to show you and tell you about, the Hallerbos Forest and not only represent a small temporary charm of pure enchantment.
During only few days in a year there is a natural event that has been repeated for years by recalling tourists and spectators from around the world: the blooming of blue bells (though I see them purple 😀 ).
A site declared UNESCO World Heritage, I hope that from my photos you can see the extraordinaryity of the place.
I lived it with two special people: the youtuber Serena aka Matcha Latte (a good dose of pure humor) and a great photographer of nature, Davide Biagi. To accompany us at distance the friends of Blueberry Travel, now my trusted Tour Operator!
Hallerbos is not far from Brussels (about half an hour by car) but has the power to make you forget about the rest of the world. To welcome you the most intense perfume of flowers ever heard, pervade the air and welcome to the entrance of the Forest.
Then there is a boundless bluebells field that extends for km, be careful not to trample them … unfortunately they would not grow older again.
It is a place to savor slowly, admiring the light that filters out of the trees, a far wood in the distance, the sound of a stream, and if you are lucky you can meet a hawk.
On the Forest website you will find every day some shots that make you see the conditions of flowering, so that you can enjoy the best time. This year the flowering lasted about a month between April and May.
But Belgian spring does not end here …
The Botanical Garden of Meise
We move to Meise, in botanical gardens. One of the fantastic aspects of Belgium is that the distances are all short, even here about 30 minutes from Brussels.
A gigantic green park welcomes us, with its special angles in it: a greenhouse, white bunnies, the peony garden and then the strong point; A wonderful old castle lurks in front of a pond of which swans and small ducklings are bosses.
If you want to break away and immerse yourself in a timeless atmosphere this is the right place!
It will leave you a wonderful feeling of wellness on your skin and mind.
It also hosts a large thematic greenhouse with the different climates of the world, the perfect place to make children understand the genesis and evolution of the earth’s flora. Who would have said that I would have seen the Amazon climate with my eyes in its natural environment a few weeks later ?!
Domus brewery in Leuven
For lunch we move to a small town near Brussels: Leuven. The style is very similar to that of the older sister, but the atmosphere of the small centers has always something more authentic. Street gamblers, jugglers, bicycles fast passing through the narrow streets and then the brewery where we stopped for lunch.
In Belgium a local beer is a must! They are very good!
The Royal Greenhouses of Brussels.
Last special appointment before our return?
The Royal Greenhouses of Brussels opened for only two weeks between April and May. We definitely recommend the evening visit , a suggestive sunset accompanies the discovery of those who look like fabulous secret gardens.
To quote my friend Serena, the greenhouses resemble gigantic bubbles of opalescent soap. The last rays of the sun make them shine with all the shades of the sunset.
A colorful explosion of flowers adds to the interior, the tunnels seem to lead to paradisiacal proportions. Outside, a pagoda reminds me of the good times in Japan.
A sakura greets two days of magic in what can only be a tour cut out for me.
Three things have remained of Paradise: the stars, the flowers and the children.