Hi, my name is Mirella Marini and I’m a Belgian historian. My husband, daughter and I currently live in Brittany (France), where we thoroughly enjoy the weather, the water and of course, the pancakes.
I blog about my history, my cultural interests, my travels, and occasionally just about anything else that comes in my head. You can for instance find tips on how to visit museums with children or on how to start a zero waste lifestyle. I was recently treated for breast cancer and felt the need to document some of those experiences too.
“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t”
Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young
Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, 1997, June 1
Why ‘Wear Sunscreen’ as the title for my website? Because I heartily agree with the message of the famous text of Mary Schmich, later put to music by Baz Luhrmann:
At 40, I came to the realization that I’m too old to not be doing what I like in life.
Which is what exactly?
Well, I’m an historian and I specialise in the history of 17th century noble women in the Low Countries. I’m most happy when I can write and talk about family intrigues, court gossip or female power strategies. My historical guilty pleasure is Tudor history. I would love to write something like ‘The ultimate guide to Elizabeth I’s wardrobe’ or ‘Henry VIII’s view on love: a children’s history book’. Or maybe not.
I love to travel with my husband and daughter, who took her first flight with us when she was just 7 weeks old. Since then, we haven’t stopped dragging her around the world with us. Travelling is a way of keeping me sane! I also enjoy sewing, which comes in handy now that we’re transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle. I care deeply about the environment and this seemed like the right thing to do.
In 2016, I founded the Belgian Academy of Culture and History, which provides historical education, consultancy and events. If you’re looking for more information about that please visit www.cultureandhistory.org.
Enjoy your reading, don’t just drop by, leave a comment!
Have a nice day,