Antwerp botanical garden






I’ve been secretly coming to Antwerp since I was about 14. I took the bus to school and on Wednesdays we always had half the day off. The bus to the city left right across from my bus home. I always lied that a friend was with me, but in reality I was often taking the one hour bus ride on my own. My mom would kill me if she knew. In the beginning I’d wander around the shopping street. They had the biggest Zara I had ever seen and as my parents gave me a small clothing budget every season, I’d spent hours browsing the racks. We’re 7 years later now, and I am starting to know the city like the inside of my pocket. This winter we went to the city to follow a college lecture there, and right behind the building lay hidden, a small garden with a lot of bare trees and sand boxes. It looked quite sad and abandoned at first, but on a sign were pictures of a beautiful Magnolia tree and lot and lots of flowers. Last weekend, the day after prom, K and I went to the market to buy fresh fruits and I suddenly remembered the garden. It wasn’t far from where we were so we went to check. Ya shoulda seen me. Like a kid in a candy store. Or in the land of Oz if you like. Everything was, though fading, still in full bloom and the magnolia tree was looking majestic in the center of the garden. Bees were buzzin’ and butterflies were flying everywhere. Aaah, so dreamy!

Also, go see an outfit without my cargo skinnies on Bella today!

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  • Oh my gosh, what gorgeous photos! I needed this today, it is so dreary out today! Such a perfect post.

  • gorgeoussssss


  • Heel mooie foto's! Spring is in town!

  • such beautiful photos! 🙂

  • GORGEOUS photos!!!


  • De natuur kan zo mooi zijn, zelfs in kleine hoekjes van een stad 🙂
    Naomi, x

  • Lovely photos of these flowers and I love the commentary made me feel like I was reading a passage from a book.

    Emily Jenny

    Stiletto Beats

  • pretty photos! Love all the fresh flowers 🙂

  • Great pictures Nikki! I love the tree and sky photo best, but i love them all! You make the colors pop!!

  • So pretty! I love that you secretly went to Antwerp as a teen. So cute 🙂

  • Leuke post. Weet uw ma het nu wel bij deze? 😉
    Ik vind je foto's echt altijd van super kwaliteit!


  • wat een prachtige foto's! je hebt echt talent

  • Spring is amazing!!

  • really beauitful baby


  • Nikki, these are such gorgeous photos! You've captured some magical moments here.

  • Super mooie foto's! Ik ga ook al héél lang naar Antwerpen en ken de stad ook al super goed, maar jij hebt wel geluk, want voor jou is het veel minder ver reizen!

  • Hope your mom doesn't read the blog!

  • Those are some perfect flowers!

    Antwerp is one of my favorite Belgian cities.

  • Wow! You have to show me this place some day, would love to get to know this!
    One day, maybe, I'd love to live in Antwerp!


  • That is a cute story! 🙂 But every time I go to the unknown place by myself, I feel like everyone is staring at me knowing I'm not local! 🙂

  • Such beautiful flower photos! How nice having such a pretty garden in the middle of the city 🙂

    Away From Blue

  • Oeh Wauw! Love these picturesss xx

  • Wooow echt super moooi! echt woooow!!! Zo leuk op nog tuintjes te vinden nadat je er al zolang naartoe gaat!

  • oh wat lief! en zo'n mooie foto's dat je trekt! ik hou ook echt van antwerpen – kan wel iets te maken hebben met het winkelaanbod haha 😀

  • Beautiful photos!

  • Die rozen wou!!

  • Zo'n mooie foto's!

  • Gorgeous photos.

  • so many lovely shots of spring here! it's been so chilly here lately, i am nervous for all the flowers!

    lindsey louise

  • Gorgeous photos! Looks like a wonderful place. 🙂 x

  • Super cute post i love it so much
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  • These pictures are beautiful! It makes me want to go and photograph every pretty flower I come across. Too bad the weather is so darn ugly today!

    Lady à la Mode

  • Supermooie foto's!

  • ooooooooooooh bloempjes 🙂

  • Wauw mooie foto's weer! Leest je mama je blog dan niet als je dat nu zo zegt 😀

  • Wauw wat een mooie foto's! Voor de derde foto vind ik erg mooi!