It’s been written in indelible ink on my list of “places to visit” for years: Belgium’s Halle Forest (TripAdvisor) (“Hallerbos” in Dutch or “Bois de Halle” in French) and its fabulous carpet of wild bluebell hyacinths in spring. A few weeks ago Pinterest reminded me of the flowers’ pristine spring frolic, just in time to scribble the expected flowering dates for this year in my agenda (15-27th of April).
We went there at the first blush of day in order to avoid the day-trippers and buses of Japanese expats that – I was told – are swarming the premises during the flowering period. We were greeted with the delicate smell of the flowers before we even caught sight of them. That scent was soon crowned by the sight of millions of purple-bluish bell-shaped tiny little flowers spreading as far as the eye can see, spinning around the trees and moving up and down with the valley slopes. I loved how the sunlight poured through the trunks and cast long shadows on the bluebell carpet. I was hoping for a portion of morning mist to accompany the purple fog that was overwhelming the ground for even more magical photos, but alas: the mist had to be missed.
I wore a slightly wintery outfit in black, consisting (with the exception of my shoes) entirely of vintage pieces. I however listed some similar outfit options above (in my outfit details) and below (in my shopping widget) for those who want to recreate my outfit. I added some detail by tying a silk, multi-coloured scarf around my neck. I had brought a lovely structured little black leather bag from my grandmother to wear with this outfit as the ultimate finishing touch but… *sad trombone sound effect* I completely forgot to wear it. The queen of wool-gatherers wishes you all a lovely day.
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