Tag: architecture

Fitzroy melange

The smallest postcode in Australia. 3065 Fitzroy. Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne. My favorite. 100ha. Just over 10.000 people. And more bars and restaurants that you can imagine. And more street art. Since living there for 10 weeks in 2014/15, I’ve been back every year. And so, logically, it was top of our list on our first day in…

Tasmania Road Trip: Launceston architecture walk

On our last day in Tasmania, we simply explored Launceston. The weather was nice ans we walked through the city centre, zig-zagging back and forth. It turned out to become an architecture tour. Here is a bit of the back story: The area was settled by Europeans in 1806, which makes Launceston one of Australia’s oldest cities. Hence it is…

Hobart city walk

I like Hobart. The small city on the edge of Tasmania, is the state capital and also its most populous city. With a population of 221,000 nearly half of all Tasmanians live here. Founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It was founded as a penal settlement of Australia, itself a penal colony.…

Sydney Icons: Opera and Harbour bridge

You cannot avoid them, and nor should you. Any visit to Sydney will inevitably lead you to the Opera House and to the Harbour bridge. After our stop at the Royal Botanical Gardens, we went on along the water to the Opera House. It is an iconic building. Recognizable around the world, it symbolizes Sydney like the Eiffel Tower symbolizes…

Cape Town Stadium

It’s a landmark building of modern Cape Town, and a reference point on any picture: the Cape Town Stadium. Built in 2007-09 in time for the Soccer World Cup, held in South Africa, it replaced the old, more modest Green Point Stadium that had been at the same spot. A part of the old stadium was reconstructed into the Green…

On the history trail: colorful Bo-Kaap

It was my first neighborhood in Cape Town when I lived there for a month in 2014 during my trip around the world: the small scale, beautiful neighborhood on the slopes of Signal Hill: colorful Bo-Kaap. The Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter is a former township situated above the city center. It’s the historical center of Cape Malay…

Valencia’s markets

I love markets. In any city I visit, I’ll make sure I’ll walk through one of the local markets. Even if I probably won’t buy anything, I just love walking through the local produce, the things people buy, the food. Being a vegetarian, my choice is mostly limited. and as a tourist, buying a kilo of local vegetables won’t get…

Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències | Valencia

Valencia. Finally. It has taken me about 2 decades to finally come to this fantastic city. I visited the family of my brother-in-law back in 1995, in Cullera, a city some 40 kilometers south of Valencia. The summer was perfect, the beach and the hospitality of my family there amazing… in short, we never made it to Valencia. So I…

Bruxelles, ma belle

I’m a traveller, but everyone needs a home base. Mine is Brussels. A city that has been in the news so much in the past year for all the wrong reasons. Flying back to Brussels from my various trips, I always see that moment of recognition, and the expression of sorrow, when I announce my destination at the check-in, often…

Barbary coast

San Francisco is a city born in the gold rush. Within a short time it went from a small town of some 1.000 people to the biggest city on the West coast. On March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, an then built the Mission San Francisco de Asís, what is today Mission Dolores. Some years…