Autumn makes me fall in love with nature year after year. As the leaves turn red and gold, I systematically feel myself drawn to the forest to enjoy this magnificent spectacle from up close. This year I decided to head to the East of the country on this occasion, to the Belgian Ardennes, where the country’s largest natural reserve can be found. The Hautes Fagnes is a unique area in Europe and truly a nature lover’s dream. Between the cities of Eupen, Montjoie, Malmedy and Spa, you can find the most picturesque hiking trails. And most hotels in the area boast a wellness center, turning your getaway into a complete relaxing experience.
Antwerp is known as the Belgian capital of fashion and, as such, I’ve always felt very much drawn to this place. So much so that I’ve decided to move here almost one year ago! Antwerp has many exciting facets, from its rich history to a wide offer in terms of culture. And of course the city is a great shopping destination! I am delighted to tell you that my favorite boutiques are now part of the Antwerp online shopping guide and I gladly share these venues here with you too.
Not many people think of Liège as a city trip destination, meaning they miss out on the variety of things the ‘Cité ardente’ has to offer! Admittedly the city’s skyline isn’t the most picturesque with its chaotic mix of random architectural styles, but this shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying Liège’s many attractive spots, as well as its charming historic center. And let’s not forget the Liégeois themselves! Known for their festive spirit, the people from Liège have a distinct warmth and kindness that you’ll surely feel in shops and restaurants.
Amsterdam is one of the most photogenic cities in the world and that’s probably the main reason why I love it and keep coming back to it. With its historic canals and picturesque townhouses it feels like a living postcard… which also explains why it is so popular! I read somewhere that the city is flooded with tourists (much like Venice), so recently I preferred to keep a distance. But if you haven’t been yet or if you want to know my take on Amsterdam, here are the essentials according to Gerrit and the City.
People all over the world visit the Louvre in Paris, but some of France’s most precious cultural treasures can be seen closer to home. At the crossroads between Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain, Lens offers an alternative Louvre experience and it might just be the perfect first acquaintance with the Pas-de-Calais region in Northern France. In combination with the small city of Arras, the second regional capital next to Lille, a trip to the Louvre-Lens will delight any traveler in search of culture, gastronomy and history!
There aren't many places in the world as enchanting as the Italian Renaissance city Florence. Whether you're a romantic, an art lover or a true foodie, Florence will steal your heart. Which explains why the city is so popular! Think of a labyrinth of authentic, cobbled streets. Masterpieces by Michelangelo and Botticelli. The best pizza, pasta and gelato. Florence is a place you need to savor, like a good glass of wine. You could pack the activities and sights below in two days, but instead I recommend taking your time, getting lost and making it at least a three day trip. Ciao!
You’ve probably already encountered the term Bauhaus before and you have a vague idea it has something to do with design but that’s about it. I know it was the case for me. However, after my recent trip to Germany, I can now say the extensive concept of Bauhaus, a design movement that marked a major turn in 20th century modernism, has little secrets left for me. A true part of the German DNA, Bauhaus celebrates its 100 years of existence in 2019, meaning the reasons to head to Germany are even more numerous, with lots of happenings on top of the country’s already very rich cultural offer.
This year has already been packed with amazing projects thanks to my blog. My recent collaboration with the menswear label DIGEL move is just one of those. As part of their Fall/Winter 2018 campaign #movetoremember, they turned to five alternative fashion capitals, among which Antwerp. In each city, they selected a variety of male influencers for a night out in town, discovering their favorite, secret locations. As newly Antwerp resident, I was lucky enough to be selected for the Belgian campaign. And it's with much pleasure that I share our night with you guys!
I like to think that, in some aspects, I'm an original. But for others, I'm very much drawn to classics. In the same way that I'm sensitive to the classical appeal of a white shirt, I consider curtains to be the most beautiful when white and flowy. High quality and impeccable finish are therefore crucial and I could count on Heytens to help me out with that!