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6-day itinerary of our Tasmanian Road Trip

Tasmania is so diverse, it was hard to make a choice on how to spend our six days at the very far end of Australia. If you’re into hiking, and big empty nature, you’ll probably visit the Western parts of the island with all its national parks, mountains and lakes. We opted for a drive along the Eastern coastline. And…

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…

Visiting history: Robben Island

It is one of the must-do’s of any visit to Cape Town: a visit of Robben Island and the prison facilities where Nelson Mandela was held for over 18 of his 27 years in prison. The island, named after the seals on its shores, is a flat isle in the middle of Table Bay, some 7 kilometers from Cape Town.…

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…

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…

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,…

Atlanta High Museum of Art

Just a few pictures from the highly entertaining High Museum of Art in Atlanta simply called ‘the High’, a modern museum complex housing different exhibitions and a great permanent collection. I spent a couple of hours in there, walking through the different buildings, some designed by Renzo Piano and sporting an amazing ceiling that let in a great, natural light.…

Martin Luther King Jr.

I didn’t know he was a son of Atlanta. Actually, I realized, I didn’t know that much about him, at all, except his fight against segregation and for human rights, and a vague memory of his ‘I have a dream’ speech that we read in English major in high school. So I reserved half a day to visit the Martin…

Iconic

I guess few items in the world are universally recognized like a Coke bottle. Of all the logos and products, from the golden arches of MacDonald’s, to the bitten apple or the Mercedes star, the Coke bottle is probably the one that most people, if they have ever somehow been exposed to western culture and advertising, would instantly recognize. I’d…