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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother,a grandmothe and a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!


Heaven is in Belgium

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday's Fave Five, Chocolate and Good Music

Friday already! After an uneventful weekend I've had a pretty busy week with a lot of good stuff going on. Time to join Susanne's Friday's Fave Five and share some of the highlights from it ...

1. A day out with my friend Nana on Wednesday. At ten in the morning when we were supposed to meet up it was still raining cats and dogs. The rain really was poring down with buckets, and at first we didn't really know what to do with our day. Nana bought herself a cute umbrella and put on some good music in her car. It was an hour's drive to reach our destination in Holland and we sang along with the music the whole time. That cheerful mood of ours must have changed the minds and the moods of the weather gods, because by the time we were halfway there the rain had stopped! Later in the morning we even had sunshine! We went to Etten-Leur, a small shopping paradise in Holland.

2. Shopping for shoes at bargain prices. I've been looking out for red shoes for quite a while now, but had not really found them until now. Nana took me to her favorite shoe shop.The shoes over there are a lot cheaper than in Belgium, and not only did I find the red shoes I had been dreaming of, I also found two more pairs! A girl can never have too much shoes now can she? I paid only as much as one pair would have cost me in Belgium! 

3. Alcohol free Pastis. Pastis with the taste but without the sugar and the alcohol of our regular aperitif.
We stay away from alcohol during the week but me and my hubby are addicted to our aperitif ritual whenever he is home. This is a perfect alternative!

4. Toblerone mini chocolate bars. When I was on holiday in Switserland as a teen I tasted Toblerone chocolate for the first time in my life. Although I haven't bought it much over the last decade, I still think it's a heavenly treat. I found these individually wrapped minis in a local supermarket, and now I can enjoy the almond and nougat laced milk chocolate with a nice cup of Senseo coffee!

5. A hand written card from Kamil Vojnar. We bought one of his art photos about two years ago, and he let us know he will be in his galery in Saint Remy in France during Summer. Too sad we're not going to Saint Remy this year, but it was nice hearing from him. I'm sure we'll get to visit him and see his latest work when we go there next year.


Barbara H. said...

How neat the weather cleared up in time or your outing! And shoe bargains are a special treat!

That was really to get get hand written note from an artist!

Brenda said...

I hope you find those perfect red shoes soon!

I've never tried Pastis but I think I would like it since I enjoy the flavor of anis.

Toblerone chocolates are SO delicious!

Gattina said...

Good idea to go to Holland to buy shoes, although I didn't see any bargains in Amsterdam, that's a quiet expensive city even for those who live there like my son !

Anonymous said...

Sunny or not, we always have so much fun! I think this time we chased away the rain with our singing. ;-)

Susanne said...

It sounds like it was a very fun roadtrip! And what could be better than finding not one but three pairs of shoes!

fotorantje said...

zo zijn we weer up-to-date :-)

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Your blog header picture is so beautiful. And I love those little purple flowers in the collage!

Sounds like you've had a great week.

Chris said...

Hey Jientje, het was leuk vertoeven hier. Bloggroetjes

PS : het recept van de superuitziende ... kwijl kwijl ... chocolade cake wil ik wel eens lenen. Doei. XXX

Gattina said...

Yes we can "Singing in the rain" ! I wonder if summer will ever move into Belgium ! Red shoes, sounds nice, I am not a shoe fan I don't even see them, lol !

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