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For many visitors Singapore is a place where you shop, eat and then get back on your plane.

Personally I adore the place, and will likely in future wax far more lyrical about the things to see, the people, the food and more.

For the moment, here’s a little glimpse of the Gardens by the Bay and the incredible Marina Bay Sands – which looks a bit like cricket stumps in my opinion.

Top tip for the gardens – make sure you visit the souvenir shop and mosey on over to the special ice-cream fridges – special flavours curated especially for the gardens – Hawthorn and Hibiscus were my favourites!

Gardens by the Bay - trees Topiary beetle Marina Bay Sands

Boekenberg is one of Antwerp’s best kept little secrets. A totally natural outdoor pool in a park just a short bike ride from the centre (for a listing of other lovely pools in Belgium, see here).

It gets quite busy, so to balance the numbers of people swimming vs how the natural system can cope with cleaning the water, there is a countdown of people allowed in at any time. Your maximum time in there is about 45 minutes, but nothing to stop you going back in of course. As this is Belgium there are also change rooms and lockers (bring a euro coin to use these).






The pool itself is very natural – a little mossy, and with the freshest of water. I’d almost say you could drink it but that is probably not advised.

Pool view


The filtration system is “natural” – meaning that the water runs through a series of feeder ponds.


Filtration system

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