Stroll through the ‘fin de siècle’ era in Riga.

Swaying and rustling of stepping feet in skirts that softly touch the floor. The delicate fragrance of fresh flowers upon pastel coloured hats. The faint sound of music played by an old Gramophone. The moment you open the door and enter the Riga Art Nouveau Museum, is being teleported to the year 1903. Floral patterns on the authentic wallpaper, leaded glass windows in an abundant amount of colours. Elegant chairs and embroided tablecloths. Geometrical forms and ancient gods. Even chamber maids swiping off the book shelves, complete with white apron and cap fixed on top of the head.

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Old vs. New / Belgian vs. Dutch at the Designmuseum in Gent.

My favorite museum in Gent is the one where I spent hours of sketching state-of-the-art chairs and other famous furniture. The one located right in the middle of the city centre, opposite to a little park with view on the steady floating boats passing by on the Leie river. With white walls and a tiny courtyard, perfect enough to enjoy an early spring day in the sun. Because I’m turning 26 – oh help, almost on the wrong side of the twenties. Let’s call it the best side. – and the entrance fee is only 2€ for -26 year olds, I knew I had to visit the Designmuseum again before leaving on foreign adventures. And they had an exhibition going on I was dying to see. Continue reading Old vs. New / Belgian vs. Dutch at the Designmuseum in Gent.

6 favorite things to do in Antigua – Guatemala.

I’ve visited Antigua twice. First time I arrived in a hot shuttle bus with 40 degrees fever and feet that could barely hold my weight because of horrendous muscle aches. Needless to say I didn’t really see much of the city the next couple of days, besides my bed, my hostel, the doctor’s cabinet and the panoramic view from the roof terrace. Second time though, I indulged myself into the Spanish language, breathing, eating and dreaming in Spanish while discovering the pretty picturesque colonial city called ‘Antigua’. Continue reading 6 favorite things to do in Antigua – Guatemala.