Life is all about celebrating the little things –  the first snow of the year, a day at the beach, a blossomed flower, a fun evening with friends, ice cream on a hot day, the smell of rain, discovering hidden corners in the city you’ve lived for years… Every month I’m sharing with you all those moments captured through my camera that made each day special. Follow my adventures on Instagram and share yours!


September is always a somewhat nostalgic month for me. I believe that no matter how old I get, I will always have this back-to-school feeling. Having spent such great summer holidays in Greece made me sigh about August coming to a close. As promised, throughout September I shared with you my favourite spots in the islands of Lefkada (Rachi, and Lefkatas restaurants) and Mykonos (Liasti and Spilia restaurants, cocktail bars Galleraki and Scarpa as well as the very special Cine Manto).  

sfiles_september13_1September also found me travelling to Budapest, exploring the Hungarian capital and enjoying the surprisingly nice weather. Budapest is a beautiful city, rich in history and full of great spots! Gellert Hill and the Castle District were the obvious stops for a bit of sightseeing, but my favourite part was cycling around Margaret island, a peaceful haven in the middle of Danube river. 

sfiles_september13_2Budapest is a beauty at night too. The lights illuminate the city with an incredible glow and turn it into the most romantic place. I took an evening cruise on the Danube and was mesmerised by all the grand buildings and especially, the Parliament. A walk around the Nagy Vasarcsarnok, the city’s largest indoor food market, was a chance to see at first hand just how much Hungarians love their meat. Needless to say, I didn’t leave empty-handed! Hungarian paprika and a bottle of Tokaji wine travelled all the way back to Brussels with me.

sfiles_september13_3When in Budapest, one has to try at least one of the way too many thermal baths. I visited the Széchenyi Baths, one of the largest bathing complexes in all Europe and probably the most famous spa in Budapest. 

sfiles_september13_4In between travelling and feeling nostalgic, I was very happy to be back to Brussels (after all these years, it still feels a bit weird to call it “home”!). September was most definitely an eventful month: Beer Festival, Eat! Brussels, the last days of the Royal Palace opening and last but not least, my very first photography class! Summer may have moved on, but Autumn is not too bad either! For more pictures and great spots, follow me on Instagram!


Sandy (@smarksthespots)