ANTWERP | LGBTQIA+ bookshop Kartonnen Dozen stops

The last paragraph looms for Antwerp‘s LGBTQIA+ bookshop Kartonnen Dozen as no-one was found to succeed Johanna Pas as co-owner and co-manager. The shop will close on the 29th of October 2022. 

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…

REVIEW | Hotel Carlota in Mexico City 

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…

FLANDERS | Castles of the Scheldt

Chances are you know the Châteaux de la Loire or Châteaux of the Loire Valley. A portmanteau term for the royal and other castles in the Loire Valley in France. Flanders has now launched the Castles of the Scheldt. Seven of them are highlighted. 

COVID-19 | Autumn booster vaccination starts on 12 September at Antwerp Expo

On Monday 12 September, the Antwerp vaccination campaign will start with the autumn booster in Antwerp Expo (VacCovid). The first invitations have been sent on 22 August. Every resident of Antwerp, Borsbeek, Wommelgem, Stabroek and Schoten from the age of 18 is given the opportunity to be vaccinated. The vaccination campaign will last eight weeks.

Belgians travelled massively in the first quarter of 2022

Belgians travelled en masse during the first three months of 2022, Statbel calculated.  After having to suspend their travel plans for almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a significant upturn in early 2022.