Kinderdijk, Netherlands

A Day Trip to Kinderdijk

During my first few days in the Netherlands, I ended up staying in a hostel in the city centre of Rotterdam. It was close to the station so I really wanted to, while I was there, venture out for a…

Rotterdam

Returning to Rotterdam: Which places did I end up revisiting? + Why Rotterdam …

If you happen to have stumbled upon this article by mere chance, my blog might be totally new to you so here’s a short introduction: I’m Ella, a 26-year-old lifestyle blogger from Belgium and I have recently decided to take…

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I am Ella, a 26-year-old from Belgium. I graduated as a journalist and now have a blog to write about everything I love about life.

You'll find lots of travel posts on the blog as well as personal, indoor gardening, cooking, DIY and more general lifestyle posts on Ella Was Here.

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I’m taking a year off to travel the world

THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT! I am finally (after years and years of saving) taking some time off to travel the world. Ahhh, I cannot even describe how excited I am right now! If you’ve known me for a while…

Meise, Belgium

A visit to the Botanic Garden of Meise

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a love for gardens and all things flower related. One of my favourite things to to do during spring, is visiting all of the beautiful gardens…

44 Things to do in Ghent

As you may already know, I went to university in Ghent, Belgium. I have spent a good 4 years of my life living there and I absolutely loved it. If I had the opportunity to go back, I wouldn’t think…

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An Autumn Walk in Nature Reserve De Teut

I’ve said it before but there’s just something about autumn that makes me feel so cozy, all warm and fuzzy inside. I love the changing colours, the falling leaves, wearing cosy sweaters… Although the weather wasn’t great (it was raining. Again. Damn…

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…

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…

Snaps from Bayside & Dún Laoghaire

Last week I went on a citytrip to Dublin with a friend. She had just finished her exams and I was in need of a few days out to relax, so we decided to go to Dublin. We stayed at…