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Brussels lunch – la mercerie

La mercerie

La Mercerie, the luminous tearoom located just above Place Flagey, has a new Chef, and it shows! Looking at the short yet attractive new menu, you directly notice the eclectic touch of Nicolas Titeux, Korean of origin. Sesam-crusted salmon with noodles, grilled chicken wrap with coriander and gravlax sauce, mushrooms and potatoes pie, the choice was hard today. I finally indulged myself with a home-made limonade, a wrap and the marvellous “chou de la maison” (filled with vanilla cream and a surprising praline-flavoured heart). Tempting hun?

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La Mercerie – Rue de Vergnies 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Open Thursday-Friday 10AM-18PM and Saturday-Sunday 9.30AM-18PM
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Island hopping in Greece – Folegandros

I don’t know about you, but I’m still hanging on to Summer, remembering Folegandros, its lovely Chora and coves. Here is the second part of our adventures in the Cyclades. Enjoy!

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After 3 days wandering around Santorini, we took a 45 minutes ferry to the wild and off-the beaten track Folegandros. Only 600 people live on this little island between Sikinos and Milo. First foot on the ground, complete change of scene, far away from the craziness of Santorini’s port Athinios. Karavostasis, the island’s port, is small, pretty and not overcrowded. We arrived in heaven!

We spent 3 nights in Blue Sand Hotel, on Agkali beach, one of the only beaches of the island accessible by car. A usual it seems in Greece, we were very well welcomed by Katerina, the manager. The rooms were perfectly designed and last but not least, there were Korres products in the bathroom, heaven I told you! : )

Most of the beaches on Folegandros are only accessible by boat or by foot, after a couple of hours walk. So we chose to do both, walking to Agios Nikolaos and from there taking a small boat to Livadaki beach, a pretty inlet with no restaurant or bar. On the way we stopped in a beautiful tiny cove, with crystal emerald water where we actually spent the most of our days.

Blue sand hotel

Now, one of the best asset of the island is definitely its capital, Chora, an oh-so charming village, full of cool restaurants sprinkled on numerous cute squares. The atmosphere there is so romantic, we spent hours wandering around the tiny streets of the village and its castro. We had a drink at the Beez bar and ate at Chic and then at O Kritikos. Both restaurants were ok but if I can give you a tip, arrive early in Chora, wander around and book a table. The village gets very lively at night and it can be hard to find a table at the best restaurants.

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Folegandros

I hope you enjoy this last bite of summer. Have a great day lovelies!

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Home & Paper city guides

Completely in love with the collection of city guides from the Parisian online shop Home & Paper. Makes me want to visit all these cities just so I can have an excuse to buy them all.

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What’s your next city-trip?

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