Tag: art

Museum of old and new art

Welcome to the best museum ever: MONA

One reason why you should put Tasmania on your travel list, and definitely make a jump south when you’re already in Australia, is Hobart’s amazing Museum of old and new art, in short: MONA. Usually, on every trip, I will go to a museum. I’ve been to the world’s most famous, from the Louvre to Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Bilbao…

Valencia Street Art

I love street art. In any new city, I can put aside my guidebook, and wander off for hours, just following the street art. Some cities are covered with it, and i can’t even follow all the trails and take pictures. I did not expect anything of Valencia. So I was surprised I saw the city’s old town covered in…

Australia | Art

On my last day in Australia I finally visited the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. With over 20,000 Australian artworks, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photography and fashion, the collection is one of the  most well known in Australia. The Ian Potter Centre is the home of the Australian part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), while the…

Melbourne lanes

I love getting lost in Melbourne’s numerous little lanes and arcades. Dating back to the Victorian era, they come from the original street grid of central Melbourne, named after Robert Hoddle who designed it. Initially, they were meant as service laneways for horses and carts, in between the bigger streets. In some of them you could find the slums during Melbourne’s gold rush area. Today,…

Greetings from Brisbane

Around the two Madonna shows, I had a little time to explore Brisbane. First time here, so I had asked my friend Glenn what area he would recommend: Fortitude Valley. Said, booked. I got a room in the fabulous Tryp Hotel on Constance street, in walking distance to a train station and an enormous number of bars and restaurants. Fortitude Valley –…

Noses from Ghent

Visitors of Belgium usually tend to do a fast-track program of the country that involves inevitably Bruges, the beautiful, original medieval town in Flanders, and stay a day in Brussels to see Manneken Pis, eat chocolate and waffles, or some beer and fries. Then they’re off to Paris or Amsterdam, Berlin or Vienna, where they will spend more time. And…

Day trip to Versailles

For my birthday, I took a day off, hopped on the Thalys high speed train to Paris, fetched my sister and went on a day trip to Versailles. I had last gone in the spring of 1999. I do not remember much, except that I found it eerily empty. It was probably in preparation to the renovations they had planned,…

Pam Ann

I can’t believe what happened on that stage! Singing, dancing, mean jokes, drinking and swearing. If you expect something decent, politically correct, I only have one advice: don’t go! If you wanna have a good filthy laugh, get tickets! I always missed her shows when she was in Belgium, so when I saw Pam Ann, Melbourne-born Caroline Reid, was playing London…