There is something so gratifying about playing tourist in your own country. The joy of traveling, right at your doorstep. Or only a little drive away from it anyway. Last weekend we went to visit the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken. The perfect plantlady Sunday plan! Getting to walk in this glass palace (because really: that thing is huge!) makes you feel especially privileged, as it only opens its door to the public once a year. Unorganised soul that I am, I missed it two years in a row… But this year, I finally got my act together!
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Why should you go there? Honestly, it’s one of the best kept botanical garden I’ve ever seen. Crazy to think this is actually a family’s backyard! (Now that’s my kind of princess fantasy.. :) ) The impressive collection houses a number of rare and valuable plants, some of them even dating back to the original collection of Leopold II. And all of this in a stunning classical glass and iron construction that feels like an endless magical maze when you’re strolling through its corridors. What more could you want?
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My favorite part was definitely the Winter Garden, which was the first greenhouse of the glass palace to be built. It’s the true tropical heart of the greenhouses and you will discover some giant jungle beauties there, among which the biggest Monstera I’ve ever seen in my life. Plant goals!
Convinced? The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are still open to the public till the 11th of May. You can find the timetable and practical details here.
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Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!
Love, C.
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