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Hallerbos

Just below Brussels lies the Hallerbos. Probably the most photographed forest of Europe, certainly by the end of April. During this period, the Hallerbos is covered with a large carpet of purple forest hyacinths. In the right weather conditions, the forest looks like a fairy tale book. And if we see beautiful photos of this natural beauty on Instagram, we naturally want to try it ourself. In the end, we are a gregarious bunch.

Of course, there is a greater likelihood of beautiful light in the morning. In addition, it is advisable to arrive on time to park the car close to the forrest. I wish I had chosen to come on a weekday, instead of Sunday, is what goes through most of the visitors minds. In vain. Parking in the back and following the crowd of people flowing slowly through the woods. The visitors come from far and wide. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, but also Americans and South Africans all seem to find the way to the forest. In Asia they are crazy about 'The Blue Forest'. Remarkably, we even see Finns, while we visit Finland for the beautiful nature.

Because vegetation on the forest floor is very vulnerable, it is strictly forbidden to walk outside the footpaths. The brown spots on the bottom are proof that not everyone follows there rules. In the most beautiful part of the forest, Tranendal, it is filled with photographers. The sound of the many shutters reminds me of an MG firing. Or a drum band. Nevertheless, the purple flower sea is beautiful against the beech trees covered with tiny, bright green leaves. When there is a modest sunbeam that shines through the branches that exposes the forest hyacinths, it looks very beautiful. It is and remains a special view..

Photo: Ronald Jansen

Photo: Ronald Jansen

Hallerbos

Photo: Bart Heirweg

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