Goodmorning Belly's Button readers. I'm Christine from Bijou and Boheme, a blog about all things pretty in the world of fashion, art and interior design.
I'm so pleased to be here today and thank Chedva for asking me to post a little something about my favourite travel destination.
If asked for my most treasured holiday location, it would easily be Prince Edward Island.
I've been going there every year since birth and simply adore it.
Having said that, this is not the locale I'm choosing to talk about here today.
Chedva asked for my favourite travel spot when thinking in terms of design.
Following this criteria, I choose Belgium without hesitation.
I spent part of my honeymoon there and fell instantly in love with its history, ornate architecture and artistic flare. Belgium enjoys a gloriously balanced sense of style that speaks to my sensibilities.
It's a little mix of antique baroque, Victorian grandeur and Scandinavian modern.
Perfection in my books.
Here's a little tour with some pictures I snapped while I was there.
This photo encapsulates how I felt in Belgium...welcome.
Entering its borders is like opening a door to history that still feels comfortable and warm.
The streets of Belgium's main city of Brussels, are lined with time worn buildings that have a cosmopolitan air about them.
Each shop and storefront is brimming with chic finds waiting to be discovered.
And don't get me started on the restaurants...so luscious.
The city is home to layers of history, stunning architecture and obvious beauty.
The ornate town square is gilded in gold and is a nod to centuries past.
And then there's Bruges...a more intimate Venice.
Water filled canals with wooden boats carry people between intimate restaurants and quaint shops.
One of the most magnificent places I have ever been.
It is serene and lush and so filled with charm.
Belgium truly is an inspirational place.
Both from a design and personal perspective.
I think what endears it to me most is how perfectly its citizens and designers have managed to mix modernity and history.
Belgium is a place where crumbling plaster can sit beside a house made entirely of glass and somehow look like it all belongs.
The result is an understated and unapologetic style that feels comfortably chic.
Thanks to Chevda for having me and for giving me the opportunity to share a little piece of design heaven here on Earth with you.