Our Trips

Flashback: Curaçao 2010

Continuing with the monthly flashback series I started last month, here’s a look back on our second vacation together which was spent on the Carribean island of Curaçao.

curaçao 2010 vacation holiday Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino review

I remember Gert mentioning during my birthday dinner in March 2010 that Curaçao was one of the few places on Earth he’d really want to visit some day. I just looked at him and said “Then let’s go”. He looked at me very confused, as he didn’t seem sure whether I was joking or not. I said “Seriously, let’s go. There’s no point putting this on the list of things you’d maybe do one day, because most people say those things and then they never do it and end up with regrets when they’re older. Or maybe they end up dying prematurely and then never get to do it.” Yeah, I’m morbid and straight to the point like that. He laughed and was like “okay!”. So we booked our tickets a few weeks later.

We ended up absolutely LOVING this trip and we often mention going back. We stayed at the all-inclusive Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino. The whole vibe there was soooo relaxed. Honestly, I’ve never had such a relaxing vacation in my entire life. Although Aruba came close; but I’ll write about that later.

Curaçao is a super cozy little island with a constant sunny weather and a nice 30°C all year round. Do they even have a weather forecast? I remember the hotel channel always showing a little sun and the same temperature every single day. It’s located outside the hurricane belt, so it’s a fairly safe choice at any time of the year.

Most of our week consisted of: lounging around at the hotel’s private beach, the pool, the jacuzzi, our balcony … it sounds super boring, but I promise it’s not lol It was just heavenly! We did rent a car at one point and toured the island by ourselves for a day, and visited a few touristic highlights as well as the capital city of Willemstad (which is more like a pretty laid back town). There’s no denying the island used to be a Dutch colony, as the Dutch influence is VERY visible.

We loved the fact that it’s not overcrowded nor flooded by tourists. Although I can only speak for the month of April, which is when we were there. Maybe the Summer months are more hectic. The hotel itself was also very quiet and we often had one of the pools and jacuzzis just for ourselves. The best part about staying at a Marriott Resort is the food! ❤️ Breakfast buffet was to die for and so was dinner every night.

Anyway, if you ever get a chance to visit Curaçao: please do! I highly recommend it!

Beautiful Memories

As 2016 has just started, I’ve been busy backing up all our pictures from 2015, as I do yearly around this time. It seems we take more and more photos each year. The amount we have accumulated so far is a bit overwhelming. At this point I’m just glad I stayed on top of it all and have everything neatly organized and backed up. After I finished up the last details of my 2015 folder, I started going through our entire photo collection and reminisced about our very first vacation together in 2009. I can’t believe it’s almost been 7 years! Where did the time go?

Ever since I started this blog in 2013, we’ve actually only been on one vacation since; which was in Croatia this past Summer. Our most beautiful trips happened before my blog, and so they have never been posted here. I feel like sharing them one by one in the next few months, because they are really beautiful memories to look back on.

Italy was our very first vacation together as a couple. The ultimate test, basically. Were we going to get along while being with each other 24/7 during one whole week for the very first time? Haha! It was exciting! I had never been to Italy before. We spent an entire week around the Amalfi Coast area and stayed in Sorrento for the most part. We visited Capri, Positano, and the impressive ruins of Pompei, as well as the Vesuvius volcano. We had such a grand time there. The weather was amazing, and as for our relationship test: we passed it successfully! 😄 Not one argument, not one disagreement. Only beautiful memories. 💕 I guess that’s when I knew for sure that we were going to last. And after all, what more romantic place to spend your first vacation together than Italy, right? *sigh* It feels like yesterday yet also like an eternity ago. Does that even make sense?

A little urban walk

I had such a lovely day today! The weather was amazing and I visited a part of Brussels with Gert and some of his colleagues. Our tour included a visit at the beautiful town hall.

“Unity makes strength” – Our national motto.

And then we visited this cool curved tower named Brusilia.

The view was craaaazy! We were about 100 meters high and it’s insane how far the view spreads at that point.

My handsome other half ♥

I was able to zoom in as far as the Atomium.

We ended the afternoon with a stroll in a nearby park. It was seriously one of those gorgeous sunny Autumn days. Just so lovely.

This little gem is right in the middle of the busy city.

My legs are a little sore now. I’m so out of shape it’s not even funny. Maybe I’ll go for another walk tomorrow in our neighborhood. I could seriously use a bit of exercise!

This was Croatia 2015

I know I haven’t updated in aaages. I can’t blame it on the internet, because wifi was pretty good over there in Croatia. But I sort of got wrapped up in the moment and then things got busy as soon as we got home. We picked up Wolfie from the breeder whom we bought him from; as she took him in during our holiday. So he was able to have a grand time too, playing with all his old buddies in the house he was born, and running around her gigantic yard. Jules the cat stayed home and I’m forever thankful to Gert’s parents for taking such good care of him during this whole time. I know they’re not cat people (lol), so this must have been quite a sacrifice for them! Haha! We bought them an extra big box of chocolates to thank them.

I have finally taken the time to go through the embarrassingly large amount of pictures I took there. Here’s a small selection.

The weather wasn’t always sunny, but it was still enough to get me burned, despite my f50 sunscreen. Yeah. So here’s me in my protective gear: long sleeves and a large hat!

stara novalja bay water marinik seaside beach front concrete b&b guesthouse vacation holiday august summer 2015 cloudy weather hat beach wear clothes outfit juicy couture american eagle

white floppy summer hat juicy couture gold trimming vintage sun cotton foldable

We visited the beautiful island of Rab:

rab island croatia church palm tree summer 2015 vacation rabb

Which has a pretty nice marina:

rab croatia marina boats yachts summer 2015 vacation bay water sea rabb

rab marina boats bay water sea croatia rabb summer vacation 2015 august


rab croatia couple portrait tourists island rabb sea water side bay summer vacation 2015 rabb

Proudly representing Belgium in Gert’s brother’s boat:

personal small boat stara novalja pag island croatia bay water sea vacation holiday summer 2015 belgium flag belgian

My favorite kind of diet 🍨

pag island croatia city center capital town banana split ice cream iced coffee whipped cream dessert terrace summer vacation holiday 2015 august

Matching blue sunglasses for our selfie in Pag! 👓

pag view island capital city town bay view overlooking croatia summer sunset holiday vacation 2015 august

The B&B we stayed at had the most charming little garden overlooking the sea (here with my favorite sister in law):

marinik hammok b&b yard garden stara novalja island of pag croatia vacation holiday 2015 summer august

Me looking so badass, like I survived the Amazon jungle with all those mosquito bites, different degrees of sunburns and swollen ankles … So much glamor in one picture 🙊 Right?

The pretty city center of Novalja, which we enjoyed strolling through:

novalja city center pag island croatia town market plaza place terrace cafe tourists summer holiday vacation 2015 august

novalja city center pag island croatia town market plaza place terrace cafe tourists summer holiday vacation 2015 august

And I will sound like a total nerd with this last picture, but this is what fascinated me the most during our entire trip:

time capsule in pag golija island croatia city town center capital park vremenska kapsula buried in 2014 to be opened in 2064

The time capsule buried in the small Golija park in Pag!

Too bad we’ll all be dead by the time they dig it up and open it. I would love to know what’s in it! There wasn’t any additional information available, so I’m not sure how this whole thing was organized. Did they perhaps ask local school children to write letters and make drawings? Or did the adult citizens of Pag got to participate and hand over random items? I have no idea. If someone stumbles upon my blog post and knows more about it, please let me know! I’d love to find out more.

While this post marks the end of my Croatian chapter, I still have a few memory cards to go through, since we used 4 different cameras (ridiculous, I know). But I wanted to go ahead and publish this so that I can move on to new home-based updates as of this coming week.

We arrived in Stara Novalja

We arrived two days ago, and can you believe I’ve hardly even had time to upload pictures? You would think there would be plenty enough spare time for that when you’re just lounging around a house facing a small beach, but nope, we somehow managed to stay busy nonstop. Although the weather was very sunny and extremely hot, we did have a pretty heavy thunderstorm last night. I was finally able to capture the lightning! I’ve been trying for more than a year and never succeeded. The pictures turned out great! We actually even saw the ISS flying by on Friday night. I would definitely like to take a picture of it too some time in the next few days.

stara novalja pag croatia beach bay night thunder storm lightning
stara novalja pag croatia beach bay night thunder storm lightning
stara novalja pag croatia beach marinik b&b guest house summer
stara novalja pag croatia marinik b&b guesthouse house beach water waterfront summer
stara novalja pag croatia marinik b&b guesthouse house beach water waterfront summer

Can you tell I’m exhausted and need a two week nap? We’re waiting for some rain showers to pass right now. I’m not complaining; it gives me time to update my blog and take a break from the strong sun here. 😊 We’ll probably visit the island a bit more either tomorrow or the day after tomorrow!