Something new, an old town and blue sky. Plus Apfelwein, handkäse, and why not, schnitzel with Frankfurt green sauce. Few of my notes during a spring day on Frankfurt am Main are below. Some call it Mainhatten for a reason, since is an international hub in Europe and the only city in Germany with skyscrapers, but for me will always be the city of books.Continue reading “Something new in Frankfurt”
Best things to do in Italy all involve food. Bologna is at the center of Emilia-Romagna region, famous for Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mortadella and Prosciutto di Palma, but also aceto balsamico di Modena and much more. And to think I associated in the past the city only with pasta sauce and the Bologna university system, home of Europe oldest university.Continue reading “Taste of Bologna”
Potsdam is a one day trip from Berlin, and is a city that invited exploration as it has 17 palaces spread across 3 parks from a Prussian royal heritage. The parks and palaces complex are today an UNESCO World site and a mix of styles with gardens inspired from many parts of the world – Greece, Italy, France or ancient Asia.Continue reading “Potsdam – Palaces & Parks”
Kreuzberg and Neukölln neighborhoods were like a puzzle. Unconventional, different, yet still Berlin. Contrasting parts of the city, most tolerant, and in the same time, surprisingly traditional, both part of former West Berlin.Continue reading “Kreuzkölln in Berlin”
There is something about train stations and time. The most beautiful train station I ever saw with magnificent details was in Antwerp. The classic central station was first used in 1905 (yes, really). The city, known as Anvers by French speakers, is one I feel connected by many memories, and must be the third most visited Belgian city in the years I lived in this country, after Brussels and Bruges.Continue reading “Antwerpen Central Station”
Art inspired from Romanian mythology and traditions and carved in wood, sandstone and later bronze or marble. From Târgu-Jiu and Bucharest to Paris, via Munich until New York. Every year, on the 19th of February, a tribute is paid to honor the memory of genius artist Constantin Brâncuși, pioneer of modern sculpture. But the Brâncuși Week starts today.Continue reading “Brâncuși Week & The Endless Column”
In an early Friday morning I am at the Brussels Midi train station, about to board the Eurostar and go to London for an extended weekend. My first time traveling with the Eurostar train. And I am looking around, listening to people speak French or English with a superb accent, thinking how lucky I am and how cool is Europe!Continue reading “Destination: London”
Picturesque, former citadel inside the Ardennes, in Namur, Belgium’s Walloon Region. Only one hour and a half by train from Brussels main station, I remember this cute small town and the big colorful saxophones spread everywhere, as a tribute to musician Adolphe Sax, the genius resident and the inventor of the musical instrument.Continue reading “Dinant & Saxophones”
In just a few intense days, we hiked through a protected national park, swam among salty rocks and dived inside a cave, we had liquor and truffles tasting experiences. We ate and had Istrian wine again and again.Continue reading “Wonderful Istria”
In Switzerland, not just the quality of life is high, but also the quality of the chocolate, people and moments. Postcards from Zürich and Lucerne below.
This story was written after my chocolate trail during my last month in a place I called home for almost 4 years.
Thus, it was my way of honoring Brussels, my adoptive city. Continue reading “From Brussels with chocolate. Part I”
When in chaos, create your Symmetry. My thoughts in the city of Ludwigsburg exactly, where I visited the castle and the fashion museum inside. Continue reading “Symmetry & Fashion”
My though exactly while crossing the River Duoro on Dom Luis I bridge in Porto, as well as in Lisbon and Sintra.
Is advised to always look ahead, literally and in life. When you are on this particular bridge, look also down. The view might surprise you. Continue reading “There is something about Portugal”