MEXICO CITY | Coyoacán 

June 2022. Although I have been in Mexico before, the last time was in 1994-1995. Twenty-seven years later, Oriol and I are doing a classic tour of the United Mexican States, featuring Mexico City (CDMX); Palenque in Chiapas; Villahermosa in Tabasco; Uxmal, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Ek’ Balam, Valladolid,  and a few cenotes (waterholes) in Yucatán…

MEXICO CITY | Frida Kahlo Museum 

June 2022. Although I have been in Mexico before, the last time was in 1994-1995. Twenty-seven years later, Oriol and I are doing a classic tour of the United Mexican States, featuring Mexico City (CDMX); Palenque in Chiapas; Villahermosa in Tabasco; Uxmal, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Ek’ Balam, Valladolid,  and a few cenotes (waterholes) in Yucatán…

ANTWERP | Start of the second phase of the restoration of the Sint-Jacobskerk

Now that the west side is ready, work will also start on the east side of the Sint-Jacobskerk or St. James’ Church in Antwerp on 7 November. The roofs and facades, stained glass windows, interior walls and vaults will be thoroughly overhauled. The complete restoration is foreseen in the course of 2027.

ModeMuseum MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp 2022

In September 2021, ModeMuseum MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp reopened its doors after a major revamp and major renovation works. But it had to close again soon, as there were issues with the ventilation. In October 2022, it re-reopened. Thanh asked me to join him on a visit. I was curious to see how different…

ANTWERP | Prestigious Nottebohmzaal opens to the public

The prestigious Nottebohmzaal or Nottebohm Hall in Antwerp has been the setting for the much-appreciated Nottebohm lectures for years. This autumn, climate is the main topic, with speakers such as Nic Balthazar and Geert Buelens. A new feature is that the historic library space is now also open to individual visitors. 

SWITZERLAND 2022 | Sankt Gallen 

After the year 2021 without visiting my sister Florence in Zug in Switzerland, I finally returned to the Confoederatio Helvetica in March 2022. I stayed over a week. More than a family visit, I organised an excursion to French-speaking Switzerland, also known as Romandy, to visit Maxime and the vineyards of Lavaux in the canton…

Inside the KMSKA or Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

I wanted to write “it’s with much anticipation I finally entered the renovated KMSKA“. But that would be a lie. The opening of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (RMFAA or KMSKA) was advertised as being on 24 and 25 September, with 23 September reserved for neighbours. But no, the whole week was filled…

MEXICO CITY | Zócalo 

June 2022. Although I have been in Mexico before, the last time was in 1994-1995. Twenty-seven years later, Oriol and I are doing a classic tour of the United Mexican States, featuring Mexico City (CDMX); Palenque in Chiapas; Villahermosa in Tabasco; Uxmal, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Ek’ Balam, Valladolid,  and a few cenotes (waterholes) in Yucatán…