Staycation: Flower Power in Flanders

La primavera… One of my favorite Italian words and for sure my favorite season! Spring is the time of year when everything in nature is changing and promising new life and hope. In my opinion the best thing about spring is the flowers that are popping up everywhere you go. Tulips, Magnolias, Bluebells, Blossoms, Wildflowers… I love it so very much! In normal circumstances spring is also my preferable season to travel. The days are longer and the temperatures are very pleasant (not to warm not to cold), so it’s nice to be outdoors and explore a city in full bloom.

Flower season in mind, I had planned a few trips to enjoy spring to the max, but due to COVID-19 those plans got cancelled. So unfortunately no Tulip spotting at the Keukenhof or botanical gardens at the Côte d’Azur and Monaco for us this year. Needless to say I’m very disappointed, but safety first right?!

Luckily I came across some gorgeous Cherry Blossom threes in my hometown Ghent! The most beautiful location to spot them is in the Jozef, Kluyskensstraat at the Bijlokesite. The combination of the pretty flowers against the medieval architecture of the old ‘Bijloke’ hospital, offer some very nice views.

But if Ghent is too far of a walk or bike ride for you, you can also find Blossoms in the Hageland (Flemish Brabant) and Haspengouw (Limburg). Oh and in case Bluebells are more your thing, a visit to the Hallerbos is a must-do! My friend and I visited it last year and we had a wonderful time. You can read the full story here. These magical hyacinths also grow in other forests in Flanders. People who live in the vicinity of Poperinge, Tiegem, Westouter, Loker, Kemmel, Oudenaarde, Ronse, Maarkedal, Brakel, Geraardsbergen or Ninove can go on a social distance walk in their own purple forest.

How about you guys, any breathtaking flower fields in your neighborhood? Drop a comment!

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