Around Belgium

I’ve disappeared for a few weeks, where have I been? Around Belgium as always! These are the highlights of the last period. – Bruges in springtime.⚘️ – “Animalia” the current exhibition at Train World. – Culinary tours in the city center of Brussels, including waffle tasting..– Guided tours at the Royal Fine Arts Museums of…

The Grand’Place, Chimay

I took this picture last summer, after a chess game and a fresh beer. This place evokes in me many nice memories. In 2016 I participated in a Belgian TV program together with my colleague and friend Raffaela and we climbed the tower for the shootings. On that occasion, I even tried playing the carillon for a moment (luckily for the…

Every detail counts

In Art Nouveau…every detail counts! When you visit an Art Nouveau building or admire its façade from the outside, there’s nothing better than focusing on the details conceived by the architect, for example, door handles and ironworks at the entrance. Can you recognize the buildings in the picture by their details?

Villa Cavrois (France), a modern castle

Between guided tours and study sessions, I finally had the chance to visit Villa Cavrois, located in Croix, nearby Roubaix (France), a stone’s throw from Brussels. The Villa was created between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, industrialist and owner of the Cavrois-Mahieu company, and his family. It is the work of Robert Mallet-Stevens, an…

Ready for a new adventure

Where have I been in the last weeks?  Around Belgium with a group, as usual. In the pics, some highlights of this last trip. 1) The Stock Exchange building in Antwerp. 2) The Palace of Margaret of Austria in Mechelen. 3) Bruges in the early morning 4) Water and flowers in Ghent And today I’m…

Colorful umbrellas in Veurne

A few days ago, on a really warm and sunny day, I had the pleasure to stop in the city center of Veurne for a walk. My favorite part of the city is certainly the Sint-Walburgapark, located behind the Grote Markt (2nd pic) where I found these colorful umbrellas!

Art Nouveau in Ixelles

One of the gems spotted during the guided tour gave by my colleague Francesco for Guide Italiane in Belgio. This beautiful house, designed by Ernest Blerot, is located in front of the Ixelles Ponds in Brussels.

50 shades of green

50 shades of green at Parc de la Hérronière in Watermael-Boitsfort, Brussels.

The Orient-Express at Gare du Midi

Yesterday morning I gave a guided tour at the Orient-Express exhibition at Train World. In the afternoon I managed to arrive on time at the Gare du Midi to see the Orient-Express Train during its stop in Brussels! It was great! I admired the cars and their internal refined marquetry decorations. I have to admit…

A Romanesque cloister

The Romanesque cloister of the Basilica of Our Lady of Tongeren. Part of it dates from the 12th century. You can enter the cloister  and  the garden at the end of a tour of the Teseum, which houses one of the largest and richest church treasures in the Low Countries. This view is just icing…