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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?

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.

Icehotel

Bucket lists are usually quite endless, so is mine. Whether it is regarding restaurants I still want to visit, countries I want to go to, or things I want to experience…almost every day I can add something new to the list. One thing that has been on the list for a long time is visiting an ice hotel or bar. In Sweden there is the amazing Iceotel in Jukkasjärvi, which is situated in the far north of Sweden. Founded in 1989 it is the world’s first hotel that was made out of snow and ice. Cool right? (Quite literally 😉 )

EFF2016

Last weekend I spend my Saturday at Elfia Haarzuilens to experience more of fantasy and cosplay. I’ve seen so many costumes, wow, amazing hand-made dresses, weapons, artifacts…and much more. I was at Elfia Haarzuilens with friends so it was a day full of laughter and fun. Photographing the costumes was of course also part of the deal!

Knokke

Slowly, the sun is starting to show itself more. The temperature is creeping up a little bit and it is putting me in a pre-summer mood (yes, I know it’s only just spring!). Something that fits with all of this is the beach. Over the last two years I’ve visited many different spots at the Belgian coastline. All of them are situated in the same country, but all so clearly different from each other. Whether you are looking for a place to lay at the beach and relax or if you want to go to the best of the best beach club – Belgium has a place for you! I’ll spend a couple of blog posts on Belgian cities situated at the coast the upcoming time. First up: Knokke.

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