Leipzig

2020. Corona. Travelling is a different game. Yet our Fernhweh acted up too often. So we arranged a train trip to Germany and Austria. Specifically to Leipzig in Saxony, several spots in Bavaria and returning home with ÖBB‘s Nightjet from Innsbruck in Tyrol to Brussels in Belgium.

Impressions of Dubai

Dubai was the last of the three-legged trip I did in 2014. I started in Seoul, which I will describe later, joined my father for a brief visit to Abu Dhabi and we finished with a few days of sand and pool in Dubai. 

PHOTOS & VIDEOS | Antwerp’s WWI memorial pontoon bridge

October 1914. Belgian troops flee or retreat – depending if you want a euphemism or not – for the advancing German troops by crossing the Scheldt river in Antwerp using a pontoon bridge. Fast forward to 2014. Some 100,000 Antwerpians cross a memorial pontoon bridge, taking selfies.

800 years of Antwerp city rights

On 21 February 1221 Henry I, Duke of Brabant granted the City of Antwerp city rights or town privileges. The charter was more a confirmation of an already existing situation, but is still worth a commemoration. 

75 years of Rubens House

On 21 July 1946 then Mayor Camille Huysmans opened the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) as a museum in Antwerp. This, of course, is an excuse for events and celebrations. 

EAST GERMANY | Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig’s GDR museum

2020. Corona. Travelling is a different game. Yet our Fernhweh acted up too often. So we arranged a train trip to Germany and Austria. Specifically to Leipzig in Saxony, several spots in Bavaria and returning home with ÖBB‘s Nightjet from Innsbruck in Tyrol to Brussels in Belgium.

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is more than the Yas Marina Circuit and hom of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Its main landmark is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

AREAS OF ANTWERP | Scheldekaaien or Scheldt Quays

At the end of October 2020, the Governments of Belgium – yes, plural – announced a second lockdown as a coronavirus countermeasure. To be fair, the lockdown is not a full confinement. But we were and are allowed to go outside. So even if the nature of measures change, the lockdown provides an excuse to…