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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Hi there! My name is Arlette and welcome to my blog. Here on Arlette Writes I share my thoughts and stories about the travelling I do, both in the real world and in fictional worlds. The quote above from Susan Sontag sums up everything perfectly. I adore exploring the restaurants the locals like to go to but just as much that one historical building on the top of a hill which houses an amazing history. Let's travel together, shall we?

Cosplay

If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen that I’m increasingly investing time in cosplay photography. And I love it! There is something so satisfying about photographing someone who put their heart and soul into bringing a character to life by the means of cosplay. Last month, I did a shoot on location of Dreams Beyond Cosplay‘s Ariel of The Little Mermaid – a collaboration with Darlene Dreeyers Photography. Today here on the blog I’m inviting you along on the behind the scenes journey of this photoshoot.

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Knokke and Oostende were already featured on the blog, but Belgium has more beach cities to offer! While I lived in Belgium for 5 months, I visited many of them. While some of the larger cities might seem a logical choice to go for – and don’t get me wrong they are – the smaller places offer so much as well. They each have their own charm. Combining a visit to different places in one day/weekend is very much possible as well. I will tell you more about that later on in this blog.

It’s the end of June already again – phew time is flying by! But that does mean that it’s time for another Cosplayer of the Month. I love exploring the world of cosplay, even though I don’t really cosplay myself. But I wanted to put some people in the spotlight who do an amazing job with it but hardly get the attention they deserve. So every month I will put one cosplayer in the spotlight. Together with the cosplayer I will select my/their favourite cosplay and use that as a base to interview them! Cosplayer of June: CosplayDreams1981.

Cosplay

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is such a beautiful city. Has any of you ever been there? No, yes? Either way, it is definitely worth to visit. Today in this photo diary I’m sharing a few of my favourite spots (which also happen to be photogenetic, hihi). Please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed out on your favourite spot in Edinburgh!

EdinburghThe Royal Mile is of course one of the nr. 1 places to go to, and for good reason. The buildings are beautiful.

Amsterdam Kookt

The sun is finally shining! Or well..it has been shining. It’s The Netherlands, the weather changes here more often than I care for. The more reason to soak up the sun when you can though. What better way to celebrate the good weather with great food, music and lovely company? So, I spend my sunny Sunday with my sister at the festival Amsterdam Kookt! Amsterdam Kookt is a music & food festival which takes places three times during the summer, obviously in Amsterdam. All three festivals take place on different locations and the last one was at the Oosterpark, situated in the eastern part of the city.

Shoot!

Unfortunately at this point the book is only for sale in Dutch.

While exploring the world, I love to take photographs to capture certain memories – that beautiful beach, an amazing cosplay at a convention, or that irresistible plate of pasta. In order to keep improving I’m glad to browse for practical tips and utilise those in new photos I make. Recently, I received the Dutch book Shoot! by Anki Wijnen from my sister. It’s a practical photography book with many tips and challenges to further your skills.


Exploringtheworld

Running to catch your train to get to work. Piling through the enormous amount of homework. Appointment after appointment…When you rush through life it’s hard to really appreciate it. For many, travelling and exploring is a way to escape the craziness of life. But beauty can also be found in the smaller things in life. And that is one of many reasons I love the below quote from actress Helena Bonham-Carter so much!

“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”

Dreams It’s been a while since I’ve had this item on the blog but it’s back with a Cosplayer of the Month May. I love exploring the world of cosplay, even though I don’t really cosplay myself. But I wanted to put some people in the spotlight who do an amazing job with it but hardly get the attention they deserve. So every month I will put one cosplayer in the spotlight. Together with the cosplayer I will select my/their favourite cosplay and use that as a base to interview them! Cosplayer of May: Dreams Beyond Cosplay.

Oostende

I already wrote about Knokke, a city at the Belgian coastline, before. This city is all about “seeing people and being seen”. Oostende is another city which is situated near the Belgian beaches, but it is completely different from Knokke. To me, Oostendeis much more down to earth. It doesn’t make it any less exciting to visit than Knokke, you just go there for other reasons.

HappyHappyJoyJoy

Many blogs have already written about this hotspot in Amsterdam: HappyHappyJoyJoy – a restaurant owned by chef Julius Jaspers. HappyHappyJoyJoy serves dishes from a variety of cuisines, namely Malay, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, and Korean. And not only the dishes are from different countries, so are the drinks. And all of this is inspired by street food and shared dining – this screams like the perfect evening out, right? Last week I finally went there together with a friend, and jummy, really you need to go there the next time you visit Amsterdam.

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