🌜Mechelen by night!

A nice memory from an evening walk in Mechelen. I took this picture at the Grote Markt, the main square. You can see the tower of the St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and the buildings next to it.The first on the left is the Beyaert Town House, currently hosting the post office. Not many people around and…

The Ciamberlani mansion

It is one of the most remarkable buildings of the Art Nouveau heritage in Brussels, located in rue Defacqz 48, 1050 Ixelles.Built by the notorious architect Paul Hankar in 1897, it is conceived at the behest of the mother of Albert Ciamberlani, a symbolist painter. The decorations were designed by Ciamberlani himself and carried out…

Fountain with kneeling youths

Five identical figures around the top of a water basin. It’s “Fountain with kneeling youths, designed by George Minne in 1898.The artwork is part of the collection of MSK museum in Ghent, the same city in which the artist himself was born. Despite the white color and the plainness of the artwork, the figure group…

Not only Brussels has it

Do we find Art Nouveau only in Brussels? Of course not! Let’s talk about this beautiful façade located in Tournai! This Art Nouveau house was built in 1903 by the architect Georges de Porre for Valentin Hoër, a German jeweler. After being damaged during the Second World War, it was acquired by the architect Walter…

Manolo in Bruges

My assistant Manolo really wanted to enjoy the last day of Christmas vibes in Bruges. We went there and walked all day around the city. I showed him narrow hidden streets and beautiful churches. In one of the pictures, you can see Manolo admiring the tondo in enameled terracotta, depicting a Madonna with Child (a…

Best wishes from Manolo and Sara

While I’m hard-working, my assistant Manolo is having a stroll in the city center with his Santa hat. He’s walking inside the Galerie Ravenstein in Brussels, admiring Christmas decorations (it’s raining cats and dogs today). It’s not a very efficient assistant but I can’t scold him. He’s too cute and he’s loved by my followers….

Discovering Belgian art with a Spanish group

Cold weather and traffic cannot stop me! I met the bravest tourists ever, never afraid of discovering Belgium! Walking around with freezing temperatures and queuing on highways are a big part of my job as a tour guide in winter time. But I have to be honest with you, what do I remember about the…

A conference in Italy

I just came back from Italy, where I had the chance to participate to a conference organized by the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobilities & Humanities. The event took place at the University of Padoua. I presented the results from my PhD…

At Ooidonk Castle

I finally had the chance to visit again the Ooidonk Castle with a group. The castle is nowadays home to the 6th Count and Countess t’Kint de Roodenbeke and their children. A fellow colleague led us into many beautiful rooms finely decorated and furnished, and let us discover artworks and historical facts about the previous…