Picture Perfect: The Lechtal Valley in Austria

This place, oh this beautiful part of the world. Breathtaking. Picture perfect I’d call it. The Lechtal Valley in Austria is one of the most beautiful areas I have ever visited. We have been coming here since we were kids. My…

Ella’s Plant Diary #1

Ever since I moved out and got my own little apartment, I have loved adding greenery to my home. I never really payed much attention to plants before. However, I have grown fond of spending time with my plants. I think…

Is Rotterdam worth a visit?

To conclude my Rotterdam blog post series I thought we’d have a little chat about Rotterdam in general and if it really is worth a visit. I know many of you immediately think of Amsterdam when someone mentions the Netherlands.…

My favourite place in Rotterdam: Concept Store Keet Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the perfect place to discover new hotspots and cute little design stores. In my Rotterdam foodie guide I already talked about my favourite foodie hotspots, affordable places to eat. And I already briefly mentioned my favourite place in the…

12 Affordable places to eat in Rotterdam

I was in desperate need of a little city break so we decided to go for a little weekend away to Rotterdam, a vibrant and lively city in the Netherlands. I live in Belgium so it wasn’t too far away and we…

The soundtrack of my life

It has been a couple of years since I have last chatted about music on Ella Was Here. And I really miss it! Music is a big part of my life. I mean, I know I can’t sing, or dance,…

Dreaming of Coffee: Thelma Concept Store in Leuven

I really can’t stop talking about coffee, can I? If you have been reading Ella Was Here for a while, you’ll know that I am a bit of a coffee addict. And so when I came across this lovely shop,…

8 Lifestyle Books You Need in Your Life

I have always had a great love for books. In matter of fact, I really should put a temporary ban on my book buying habits. I just don’t have any more room to put even more books at the moment!…

A visit to the Japanese Garden in Hasselt

The Japanese Garden in Hasselt, Belgium, is one of my favourite places to visit for a relaxing walk during the weekend. It is absolutely breath-taking this time of year with the blossoms making the garden just a tad extra special. I…

Is this what they call a ‘quarter-life crisis’?

I was taking a stroll around Leuven the other day trying to distract myself. I have been thinking a lot about growing up lately. I am continuously struggling between doing what I want to do versus what society wants me…

25 Things To Do Before You’re 30

It’s already April! I cannot believe how fast time is flying. It feels like Christmas was just a few weeks ago. But I am really glad that the days are getting longer and that it finally is warm enough to go…