With my fascination for mermaids and beaches, I feel very much drawn to the seaside. And when you're talking about the Belgian coast, Blankenberge quickly comes to mind, as it is our second biggest seaside resort. The city has a beautiful heritage from its Belle Époque glory (which I'm very sensitive to) but that's not the only thing it has to offer. There really is something for everyone in Blankenberge, whether it is culture, shopping, gastronomy or beach bars! Since the city is rather small, there is no pressure and you can easily go from one point to another by foot. And with its 'Happy to sea you' spirit, the city is known to be warm and welcoming!
As many of you know, I recently moved to Antwerp, Berchem more precisely. Naturally I developed a curiosity for my new neighborhood and the one directly adjacent to it, Zurenborg. And boy, they did not disappoint! This part of Antwerp is considered by some to be the most beautiful of Antwerp for one particular reason: its Belle Époque grandeur! The neighborhood's quiet streets are packed with gorgeous architecture which make it the perfect decor for an afternoon stroll.
Remember when I told you about the sumptuous Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix that was turned into a museum? I pleasantly discovered Liège is home to a similar cultural project! I'm a big fan of historic places that are given a new purpose, especially when it is done with great respect for the building's original state and beauty. As such, let me guide you through 'La Cité Miroir', a place that will surely satisfy your hunger for inspiration, in the same way 'Le Petit Pressoir' will satisfy your hunger for veggie food.
New York, Milan, Paris... Three out of four fashion capitals I've written about before. So it was about time I shared my thoughts on London with you! There's something about this city that I just love. Is it the architecture, the energy or simply the English culture? Either way, I feel very much drawn to this place. Unfortunately, it can be quite pricey. Which is why I worked on a guide that takes you along some of the city's main attractions without spending a single pound. That is, everywhere except in restaurants, which are truly amazing and worth the splurge.
'Gerrit and the City' is all about escapism. Sometimes I take you to unexplored cities and sometimes I take you to more remote places. Consider this my first 'Gerrit and the Mountains' piece as I introduce you to South Tyrol, the region located in the Alps of Northern Italy. A region that's all about contrasts: Alpine and Mediterranean, German-Austrian and Italian, traditional and contemporary. There is nothing quite like finding yourself in this sumptuous mountain landscape to escape everything and refocus on yourself. And when you're feeling a cosmopolitan urge, the capital Bolzano is right there for you!
With its cobbled streets and colorful architecture, Prague is a really pleasant city to wander in. The fact that it is relatively small (you can do most of your itineraries by foot) and pretty cheap, makes it very accessible. As for the Czech people, though they kind of keep to themselves, in the end most of them are actually sweet. To make the most of your journey, book a room in the historic center, or 'Prague 1'.
In terms of investments, I'm very much like Carrie Bradshaw: "I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet". You can take that quite literally, as I took advantage of my big, open bedroom to store and display all my fashion acquired over the years.
The dining table is a piece of furniture of which the importance is not to be underestimated. After all, you will be spending some of your best times eating and chatting with your friends sitting around it, so you want to make sure it suits you. Having to deal with a circular room, it quickly became clear to me my dining table would have to be round. And I found all the inspiration I needed to chose one on Pinterest...
I have to admit, my life can be quite hectic at times. Now don't get me wrong: I want it that way and I love it! But it does emphasize my need for a bed that signals nothing but serenity and calm. I achieved this through a minimal, shabby chic design and luxurious, white sheets.