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First day back at work after two weeks away is always a struggle but I'm happy to get back into a healthier routine after far too much dim sum and ramen! 😋 I've added Hong Kong and Tokyo to my Stories highlights for those who missed my updates!

We found this pretty street in Shibuya, Tokyo, near the famous and very hectic Scramble/crossing. So nice to see some more traditional streets hidden amongst the super modern tower blocks and huge neon lights.

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Featuring my beautiful WWF KeepCup!
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Spending a few days enjoying Sicilian views, sunshine, food, and spritz!
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Take me back please!! 🙏🏻 The walk to the calanques near Marseille was tough in the heat but the views made it worth doing! Loved having a picnic in the shade before going for a swim in the clear waters.
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When you spot a pretty backdrop! 🏃‍♀️ Marrakesh was 10x more beautiful than I had been expecting, with decorative arches, colourful tiled courtyards and orange trees being common sights. I loved the smells as well - argan oil, orange blossom and fresh mint all remind me of Morrocco now.
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I think the cats of Essaouira and Marrakesh deserve to have a post dedicated to them, given how much time I spent admiring them! 😍 #catsofmorocco
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Hotel Review: 1898 The Post in Ghent

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1898 The Post Hotel

Last Christmas, I decided to treat my mother to something really nice – she deserved it! She lives in Brussels so I had the idea of taking her to a beautiful hotel for a night and spending a lovely weekend together.

After trawling through hundreds of hotels in Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent on Booking.com, I fell in love with 1898 The Post. Located in the heart of Ghent, this former post office was recently refurbished and turned into a boutique hotel. The building is actually one of the most beautiful in town and features on many postcards and Instagram shots! Having opened only a few months earlier, the hotel didn’t have many reviews, but photos of the decor won me over.

If you’re thinking of staying at 1898 The Post, here’s my review and many photos to help you decide!

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1898 The Post sink

‘The Letter’ Room

We stayed in one of the Letter rooms, a duplex with high ceilings and big windows overlooking Saint Michael’s Church.

We were blown away by the attention to detail that has gone into the decor. Every surface has a quirky vintage trinket or antique book on it. All the home accessories are available to buy, in case you feel the need to take that ‘Nostalgic Scrabble’ with you! Even the mini bar impressed me, with fresh citrus fruit and a tiny homemade bottle of Negroni.

The bed was so comfortable that I decided I had to upgrade my mattress and my pillows at home ASAP, and the green paint on the walls completely changed my mind about having dark bedroom walls.

Not only do all of the rooms at 1898 The Post look beautiful and sophisticated, but everything has been done to a really high spec. My Mum couldn’t believe how thick the curtains are!

The upstairs open bathroom overlooks the bedroom. As with the rest of the hotel, I loved the design of it – marble hexagon shower tiles included. Only tiny complaint would be that the toilet is downstairs but the sink is upstairs! If you want a bathtub you’ll have to book a suite because most rooms only have a (very nice) shower.

The Cobbler

It’s rare for me to want to have a drink at the hotel bar. Usually I’ll go out and find a cool bar elsewhere, somewhere locals hang out. With 1898 The Post, things are different! The Cobbler is the hotel’s very cosy cocktail bar, café and kitchen, and it’s very much in demand on a Saturday night! Luckily when we checked into the hotel we were told to reserve if we wanted to go for a drink there in the evening, so we did. We saw so many people being turned away!

It’s easy to understand why the bar is so popular, with its cosy interior, stunning views of historic Ghent, and impressive cocktail menu. Even if you don’t end up staying at 1898 The Post for the night, I’d recommend going here for a tipple or a hot chocolate. Top tip: don’t order the apple pie cocktail before dinner – it comes with a spoon!

The Honesty Bar

I love this concept: let hotel guests help themselves to drinks, and rely on them to be honest and write down what they’ve taken. The Honesty Bar at 1898 The Post is tucked away in a tower, and only hotel guests have access to it. It provides a nice place to go after dinner, when you’re not quite ready to go to bed but you don’t want to go too far from your bedroom. It really feels like someone’s warm and cosy house, where you can just help yourself to a drink and sit down for a late night chat.

I wish we could have stayed at the hotel more than one night to really make the most of this room!

In all honesty, I could not have designed a better hotel myself. Every detail is perfect, from the decor and the views, to the bar, the breakfast and the location. We loved every minute of being there, and we had to force ourselves to go out and explore the city instead of spending the whole weekend inside the hotel! I’ll admit it wasn’t cheap, but if you want to treat yourself or a loved one to a weekend in Ghent then this is the best hotel you will find. 1898 The Post is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at!

I paid for the hotel myself and I would 100% do it again!

The most beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Ghent, Belgium.

Dinant, a Day Trip from Brussels

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Dinant

I lived in Brussels until I was 18 years old, and in the 7 years since I’ve moved away I have visited countless times. I’ve made the occasional trip to Antwerp or Bruges, but until very recently I had never made it to Dinant! I remember scrolling through Instagram and coming across a photo of the city’s Gothic church standing tall next to steep cliffs, with the dark green Meuse river lying at its feet. Why had I never realised that such a beautiful city existed just one hour away from my childhood home?

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How to get there:
  • Driving is to Dinant from Brussels can take under an hour. I think it took my father 45 minutes!
  • There are direct trains to Dinant from Brussels Luxembourg Station (1hr 25mins). Check the Belgian Rail website for timetables. Dinant’s train station is right in the centre of town.

On a quiet Saturday afternoon in Brussels, I convinced my parents to drive over to Dinant for a spot of exploring and a nice dinner.

couque de dinant

When we got there we started walking around and found this charming bakery that has been going since 1860…

… where you can buy pastries, waffles …

couque de dinant

… and the local specialty: couques. These are honey biscuits that are incredibly hard – you can’t just bite a piece off because you could hurt your teeth! We concluded that they were nicer to look at than to eat.

We walked along the riverbank, taking many photos along the way. We noticed the city’s obsession with saxophones and learned that inventor Adolphe Sax was born there.

Then we headed up to the Citadel via the cable car (we weren’t too keen on walking up 400 steep steps!)

For 8.50€ you get a ticket for the cable car and the Citadel visit. For 14€ you also get a boat ride along the river. Check the Citadel’s website for opening times as these vary depending on time of year.

At the Citadel we learned about the history of Dinant which has been the site of many battles over the centuries. We were shocked to hear that 674 civilians were massacred during the Battle of Dinant in WWI.

After admiring the valley views, we walked through exhibits showing life for a Dutch garrison as well as various weapons and cannons and ended our visit with the replica of a WWI trench.

Be warned: everything is set at an angle which is very disorientating. I found it hilarious but my mother HATED it! She had to hold onto the handrail and walk really slowly!

We made our way back down to the centre of town…

… where I spotted this tea room called Solbrun and just had to take a photo of the view. My father made the most of it and bought a fragrant loaf of gingerbread.

We ended the day with a lovely dinner at Le Jardin de Fiorine. I’d love to go back there when it’s warmer and have lunch in the garden facing the river.

What do you think of Dinant? I think it deserves to have more visitors!

Dinant is the perfect day trip from Brussels