This is the final part of my Berlin travel report and not the most easy one! It’s about the Sachsenhausen Memorial, a concentration camp that we visited, just outside Berlin. We took a guided tour that starts at Brandenburger Tor and led us together with a group of people to Sachsenhausen.
Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to art, but of course we are pretty spoiled in Brussels with all the museums and galleries. I visited just one museum in Berlin, but there’s a lot of street art to discover when walking through the city.
Last week I was in Berlin for 5 days, for the very first time! I felt really inspired by its architecture and people, so I took a lot of pictures to share my experience with you.
I’m taking a little break from blogging because I’m leaving for Berlin today! But don’t worry, I bought a memory card of 64 GB, which means I can store more than 5000 pictures :). I’m really looking forward to my first trip to Berlin.
This is the kind of restaurant I would like to keep for myself. It’s the only place (so far) where I can have a decent meal in a cosy atmosphere. Of course I’ve been to many restaurants in Brussels, but only a few months ago, I discovered that I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). By following a strict medical diet, the low-FODMAP diet, I learnt that I should avoid all gluten, amongst other things. For someone who loves italian food, that’s a problem! Luckily I saw an article online, called ‘Going against the grain: a guide to being gluten free in Brussels’ (see link below). I chose to go to Il Veliero, an italian restaurant very close the Place Jourdan, in the Schuman area.
Hello everyone! This morning I went to an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Brussels about the world famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. In my last year of university, I learned about the theoretical basics of photography. Cartier-Bresson played an important role in the history of photography. He was one of the founders of Magnum Photography, an association created by photographers who were looking for very high quality. Until today, only the best photographers can become a member of Magnum. My favorite Belgian Magnum photographer is Carl De Keyzer! But for now, let me tell you what I saw this morning.
Today I show you my impressions of Art Brussels, the contemporary art fair at Brussels Expo. Last year I went for the first time and I really liked it. For this year I received free tickets, so I was curious to discover what’s new. The goal of the art fair is off course to sell art to the visitors. Even if you don’t have a budget to buy anything (like me), it’s still worth taking a look. I especially appreciate the fact that there are many Belgian galleries present, and a lot of young artists. The only thing that can be annoying is the fact that some of the visitors are a bit snobby, like on every art fair. But don’t be bothered by it! I think it’s rather funny how people try to outclass each other :). Art Brussels is only 3 days, so there isn’t much time left to go see for yourself. Let me show you a few of the artists I (re)discovered.
If you walk in the streets of Brussels, you might not immediately see it. But once you start paying attention, you will notice the decorated balconies and the colorful glass details in the facades of many houses. Art Nouveau is very present in the city. Not just in the city center, but also in other parts of the Brussels capital region: Ixelles, Uccle, Jette, Etterbeek, Forest, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek and so on. It’s a main attraction for tourists and there are some guided tours that show you the most important buildings, but it’s not for free. Prices go up to €200! I think it’s a lot more fun to discover the houses just by taking a walk in the neighbourhood. It’s not that easy to find a good map of Art Nouveau walking tours online, so we created or own walking tour on Google Maps, based on an Art Nouveau guide we found on VisitBrussels (see attachment below). It takes about 60 minutes walking and for now we just did a part of Ixelles and Saint-Gilles. We still have a lot more te discover.
We can’t ignore it any longer. More and more people are wearing sneakers every day, including me. For once, fashion doesn’t have to be contrary to comfort. I love high heels, but it’s so great to wear easy going shoes and still look ‘cool’. Women can even combine them with a skirt or men with a chique costume. You can’t go wrong. Personally I’m a big fan of the Nike Air Max 1 collection and I’m not embarrassed at all to wear them at work.
But this article isn’t just about shoes. It’s about the whole culture and history of sneakers. I visited an exhibition called ‘SNEAKERS!’ at ‘la Médiatine’ in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. I didn’t have very high expectations of the exhibition since it’s rather far from the center of Brussels and I thought it would be quite small . But let me tell you this: I loved it!
Yes, that’s right!
Anish Kapoor is having an exhibition in the Gladstone Gallery, very close to the metrostation Louisa. I heard the mayor of Brussels saying last month that he wants a work of Anish Kapoor to be the center piece of the renewed Place de la Brouckère (known from the Coca-Cola bill board), but I didn’t realize that he was having an exhibition in Brussels. I love his artwork so I was quite excited when I saw the announcement!
Who is he?
If you don’t know him, don’t worry. You might have seen a picture of his work Cloud Gate in Chicago, also known as the Chicago Bean. Never heard of it? Then this is all you need to know: Anish Kapoor was born in India, but lives in London since the 70’s. He is known for his mirror-like sculptures that make you feel like you are going to fall over. He plays with the feeling of dept and shows several dimensions. Let me show what I’ve seen at the gallery (click on the pictures for a bigger image).