Bluebells in bloom

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Have you ever seen a forest carpeted with blue flowers? The Kluisbos in Kluisbergen, a 30 minute drive from our home in Ghent, has vast patches of bluebells spring up every year.

When they will bloom is a mystery, as it depends on the weather in the early months of the new year. We walked around the forest a few weeks ago, and were just in time to see the bluebells in bloom.

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The Kluisbos is in the Flemish Ardennes, the hilly region (that’s right, no mountains in Belgium) where we spent a rather painful cycling weekend in March.

Because it is so close, and because we wanted to see some flower magic, we hopped in our car the first free moment after a friend whose parents live in the neighbourhood told us ‘The time is now!’.

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Even though we had a lovely afternoon and managed to take some great pictures, it seems like we missed the height of their bloom, as some flowers were already dying.

To be honest, we were a tad disappointed and had expected a sea of photoshopped blue… But still, we were lucky to discover a few big patches. And the Belgian waffle we had afterwards more than made up for it.

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Another Belgian forest that is famous for its bluebells is the Hallerbos in Halle, near Brussels. I think I know where we’re going for a good walk next Spring.

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