I fell head-over-heels in love with Bruges… I couldn’t get past the architecture, street food and canals filled with white swans. I can still taste the waffles and mayonnaise-covered frites! After a short train ride from Amsterdam, we arrived in Bruges where we checked in to our very sweet BnB Le Flaneur, which was filled with antique store finds, friendly owners (who made sure I had enough cheese on my plate at breakfast) and a very cute puppy. It was a little out of town, which made for a nice walk each day to-and-from where we were able to see some non-touristy streets.
Amsterdam is such a delightful city, full of incredible architecture, history, amazing art, design, and of course, delicious street food! I can still taste the warm stroopwafle and poffertjes. It didn’t stop raining during our stay – our plans for a bike ride around the city were thwarted – but armed with our umbrellas, we managed to walk absolutely everywhere.
I love these colourful gouache paintings by French illustrator Léa Maupetit. I love the playfulness and soft, organic lines that are in each of her artworks.
I was so inspired that I popped down to my local craft store and picked up a range of gouache paints to play with and buhbow… it seems that my Year 12 art lessons didn’t stick.
You can see more of Léa’s work here.