Family trip to the Belgian Ardennes (SPOILER: first non stylish outfit picture)



Last weekend I went with my family to the Belgian Ardennes. After extremely busy months combining blogging and university, I didn’t find a lot of time to spend time with my family so it was good to catch up with that.



Hills Ardennes Belgium
The beautiful nature of the Belgian Ardennes.

Belgian Ardennes trees and river




It is a little bit of a yearly tradition to go for a weekend to the Belgian ardennes. My dad really likes that region in Belgium since he likes beautiful nature to walk in.
Since my following is quite international, I think there is a small chance that you might know a lot about my country Belgium and the region of the Ardennes.



Here you can read a small summary:


‘The Ardennes, situated in the south-east of Belgium, are one of nature’s unspoilt areas, rich in fauna and flora, with vast forests of broadleaf and fir, hills and fast flowing rivers. Visitors can wander through the many picturesque villages nestling in the valleys where traditions and folklore still live on, and where the region’s arts and crafts can be enjoyed.

Springtime in the Ardennes is the season for walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Horse riding, climbing and mountain biking are other examples of popular sports in the Ardennes. The keen mountaineer has an exciting choice of challenges. In Winter, the Ardennes are a fun paradise for downhill and cross country skiers, or perhaps you prefer tobogganing and snow scooter racing. There is action, even underground. Some of the caves are certainly worth a visit.’




Now you know why we like that region so much, especially if you like a little bit of adventure. I am not really the adventurous type in that way but I can appreciate it from time to time.



Pink sweater dress with pink ribbon and over the knee socks
Me at the window of my hotel room. The goal was actually to make a picture that way so that you could see the amazing view but that just didn’t work out well, haha. The only thing I see is the border of the terrace. 😉 Anyway, this pink oversized sweater dress of (sorry, I couldn’t link the exact same one down below :/) is insanely cute especially combined with these over the knee socks of H&M! I am all about things over the knee lately, I guess. Oh, and ribbons in the hair will be so trending in 2019! Why not support the breast cancer organization by wearing a pink ribbon in the hair?


view belgian ardennes
Look at this beautiful view from the hotel room! It’s good to be surrounded by nature sometimes, it puts your mind to rest which is needed in this stressy life, haha. :p





Anyway, we always go to different cities but this time we stayed at the lovely hotel of ‘Claire Fontaine’* in La Roche. It wasn’t the first time that we stayed there because we just really love this place and they have such great food. It’s not located in the city centre of La Roche but that just makes it a lot better because it’s surrounded by nature and it has a very beautiful view from the hotel room.




pink sweater outfit with white hat

Belgian Ardennes outfit




The first day we did a walk in the surroundings of La Roche where it’s a little hilly so that was quite exhausting. Especially for a person like me that never does any exercise at all (but that will change since I just started a fitness subscription but later more about that!).
It was good to be outside for once since I am normally that type of person that stays inside all day either studying or working on my social media/blog. Oh, and there is not a lot of wifi in places like these, so that was also refreshing even though I have to admit I wouldn’t be able to live without wifi for too long. :p



over the knee boots and sweater dress outfit




The next day we drove an hour to go to the High Fens (Dutch: de Hoge Venen/ French: Les Hautes Fagnes). It’s a nature park at the highest point of Belgium.
We hoped to get some snow there instead of the rain we got because I think we can all agree we like snow more than rain. :p Unfortunately most of the walk was in the rain but then we got lucky at the end of the day we got a little snow.



Look at this cute small Michelin woman! I was wearing the rain jacket of my dad because it was so freezing cold and I was wearing my teddy coat (look at the pictures below), which was just way too cold and not resistant to rain -do you think someone like me has these kind of adventurous clothing in her closet, honestly?-.  I look so mini, but that’s because it’s shot from a way too high angle, haha. :p Anyway, it shouldn’t look all that perfect all the time, right?



I used to go to that region a lot to go cross country skiing (you know instead of downhill skiing you walk in the snow) and I really like that region just because it has a little that cozy ski atmosphere with it just like in Austria for example. Or at least it’s a little like that.



sneeuw in de Hoge Venen België
And then the rain changed into snow… 🙂

teddy coat outfit in the snow

teddy coat outfit in the snow




Anyway, this was my weekend in short. It was good to go for a trip to clear my head after the exam period. Also because I am not planning to relax in the holiday that I have, I am working hard now on the development of my online shop.
That’s the reason why I don’t have any real holiday planned for the coming 2 months -because I normally ALWAYS go on a holiday after the exam period- but now I am just too busy working on my projects.
I am so excited to launch my online store but there’s a lot of work to do before I have everything like I want it. I am also very busy with the new spring collection and my own  line of dresses.
Oh, and I finally decided the name of my online shop! You can BOOKMARK this link already in your browser: 😀
The launch won’t be for tomorrow or anything but I am excited for it to be there, are you?

However, I don’t exclude the chance of going on a holiday before summer at all. We will see what my last minute plans will be, maybe a trip for Easter would be nice!
I’ll keep you updated!


Thanks for reading this post through the end!






*We paid for the hotel and I was in no means sponsored to mention the hotel in this post. I just really recommend this hotel because the hotel staff is very sweet and we enjoyed our stay.


Hi there! I am Dr. Kim Detollenaere, aesthetic doctor and owner of 'Doctor Contour' aesthetic guide and clinic. I have been a content creator for several years, next to my busy medical life. Get to know more about me on Instagram, Youtube or check out the 'About me' page on this blog for more info!

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