My sister is a modern dancer in Brussels. We were strolling the streets of Brussels searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate during one of my visits when we were hit by a sudden downpour of rain. We sought refuge in the nearby Bozar Museum, wandering through the free basement galleries since we didn't feel like paying the main entrance fee.
We stumbled upon a small, red-lit room set off the auditorium lobby, delighted to find it flooded with hundreds of hanging origami models. With the basement to ourselves, we decided to have some sisterly fun and choreograph a dance inspired by the unlikely art.
My sister is a modern dancer who lives in Brussels and is a great guide to the city. Last March, we were strolling the streets of Brussels searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate when a sudden downpour of rain hit. We sought refuge in the nearby Bozar Museum, opting to wander through the free basement galleries to avoid paying the main entrance fee.
We stumbled upon a small, red-lit side room near the auditorium, delighted to find it flooded with hundreds of playful hanging origami models. With the basement to ourselves, we partook in some sisterly fun and choreographed a dance inspired by our unlikely art find as we waited for the storm to subside.
My sister and I ducked into Brussels' Bozar museum to seek refuge from the rain and noticed that the lobby was littered with scattered pieces of hanging blue film. We were intrigued as to the meaning of the unlikely art installation and were tickled when its secret revealed itself to us when we reached the center of the room. Our experience played out just as the artist intended.
This loft style guesthouse is a hidden gem in a vibrant part of Ixelles. It is in the African neighborhood of Matongé, surrounded by funky restaurants and shops that are walking distance to the bus and the Porte de Namur metro. Longue Vie is tucked back in a gated, quiet courtyard away from the noise and can be a little challenging to find if you don't know to locate the big, black iron gate. Rooms are sparsely but comfortably decorated with a mix of modern and antique touches and feature quirky artwork by local Belgian artists. Rates include free wi fi and tasty European style breakfasts served with gourmet coffee or thick smoothies. The manager, Olivier, has helpful recommendations of local sites to see and collects fascinating pieces of African art.
Recyclart is an collective space that partially inhabits subway station at Gare Bruxeles-Chapelle. It's a fun place to check out underground art and the group also runs a fun bar and organizes concerts.
Sidewalk art I found while wandering on Ste Catherine. This street is a short stroll from La Bourse and full of interesting boutiques, cafés and unexpected street art.
I was exploring the funky shops and studios in the backstreets of the old part of Ghent and came across intriguing, unexpected art in this window. The home looked residential, but who knows what other treasures may have been lurking inside.
I went to visit Ghent in March. The warm spring weather brought students to the canal for lunch and socializing. I'm surprised Ghent isn't as popular as Antwerp or Bruges, it has such a funky, youthful vibe.
I enjoyed admiring Ghent's quirky architecture along the canal. From Brussels, many visitors take day trips to Antwerp and Bruges, unaware that nearby Ghent has lots to offer. The old town has beautiful architecture, funky shops and a youthful vibe created by the nearby university.
Step right up and see the amazing Atomium! This monument was built for the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. It never achieved the recognition of Paris' Eiffel Tower, but has its own special iconic status in Belgium.
To evade the Brussels rain, my sister and I ducked into the Bozar and lurked around the free exhibits around the museum's auditorium. I found a posh deco nook to sit and rest my feet.
Jeu de Balles is a quintessential flea market set in the heart of the Marolles District of Brussels that runs daily through the morning. My favorite time to go is on Sunday when the square is filled with the most vendors who sell anything from bric-a-brac to antique furniture. Since it is one of the city's most well-known markets, it's not always easy to find steals, but you can still manage to haggle a decent bargain. One of my favorite finds was a dealer who specialized in vintage, ceramic figurines full of quirk and character.
I always allow myself plenty of time to get lost in a neighborhood's side streets when traveling so that I may catch glimpse of the place's local flavor. Following this philosophy, I meandered through the streets of the Marolles–Brussel's working-class disctric. My final destination was the Jeu de Balle flea market, where I was hoping to find an undiscovered treasure. I turned on to Valkstraat street just before arriving at the market and was delighted to find my treasure on an alley street wall. Layers of graffiti, worn flyers and peeling paint created a textured collage of unlikely art, giving me insight to the building's past and hidden secrets.