Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Van Buuren Museum & Garden


Although this photo was taken during the summer of 2006 it gives you a good idea of how beautiful this garden is and of how it offers a great setting for leading sculpture exhibits. From 20.5 to 18.10.2009 the garden is putting on a display of Pol Bury fountains. These are fascinating moving stainless steel sculptures.

The garden themselves are built around the Art Deco house. The secret heart garden, the classic labyrinth as well as the Art Deco rose garden fit neatly in a very small space.

Museum web site

Where to find the garden:

41 Avenue Leo Errera, 1180 Brussels

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Antwerp – Wijk Zurenborg

IMG_5720 Talk about mind blowing architecture! Just type Cogels Osylei in your GPS and go to Antwerp to get your fill of neo, eclectique and Art Nouveau buildings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. I do not know where to start: the contrast between the styles, the palaces, the kitsch and the subtle, the industrial and the organic… Don’t miss the group of “seasonal” houses or the group of “Time” houses.


IMG_5681 When you are tired of architecture and of breaking your neck peering towards the sky, head toward the Dageraadplaats for a nice mix of restaurants, wine bars and all. The public square ensures a nice little show for discussion over some Cava for example!



Some Links:

A view on Cities: Antwerp

Trabel: The Zurenborg District

Antwerp Tourist Guide: Zurenborg

And finally Wikipedia.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ohio and Natural Dyes

Just back from Ohio where we enjoyed plenty of varied activities. One of the fun afternoons was spent with daughters and cousins at Hale Farm, a living history museum of the early 19th century farm. Watching the candle making, wool spinning and brick making was fascinating for children and adults. My favorite color was actually the one resulting from onion skins.