November 28, 2014

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends

Thanksgiving,  it is such a wonderful holiday I would like to introduce it in Belgium.

November 26, 2014

Brussels, most congested city...





How can I eloquently express how much I enjoy driving through Brussels in the early morning when no one else has hit the streets yet? This article in the Guardian explains why: 

Traffic congestion analysis consistently shows a surprising fact: Brussels and Antwerp, the two largest cities in Belgium, are the two most congested cities in Europe and North America. This was confirmed in the latest ranking from Inrix, a traffic data organisation (in which Milan temporarily took top spot). It is estimated that drivers in Brussels waste 83 hours a year in traffic. Things are so dire on Belgium’s roads, that the OECD has urged local authorities to take action. How did the administrative heart of the European Union get into this traffic mess?.....
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/aug/28/belgium-worst-traffic-europe-brussels-antwerp-congestion

November 24, 2014

Christmas in Antwerp

Thank you, Nuria, for the photo.
What do you, readers / viewers, think... November is a bit early, is it not ?
I am told that the Christmas market in Bruges is already turning full speed.

November 23, 2014

Share your picture(s) or story on TiB?

I have noticed that many, mostly American, bloggers start this week with an entry about Thanksgiving, the much celebrated US holiday coming up on November 27. 
I am thankful for the guest bloggers and photographers, in particular Els, Natasha, Elektra, Jeroen, Marie-France, Hilde, Roger, Marianne, Joke ...  and many others who have contributed to make TIB more diverse, fun and interesting.
To all of you who are interested in anything Belgian, if you want to share the souvenirs of your travels, and if you like (or even if you don't like) Belgium, its beers, cuisine, restaurants, history, fashion, design, people, culture .... and would like to share your photos or stories, we'd love to hear from you! Don't hesitate to submit your contribution.

November 22, 2014

Elvis alive in Belgium

Yesterday happened to turn into an Elvis day :). 
I have no idea what Elvis's photos are doing in the windows of a house in the middle of nowhere. I stopped to take a photo and after I got home I turned on the television to stumble upon a program "Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan" ( Only Elvis is still alive) and thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Belgian Peter Vandermeersch, editor in chief and director of the Dutch newspaper NRC. 

November 17, 2014

Berlinde De Bruyckere








 As announced in my previous post, here we go on the tour of Berlinde De Bruyckere's work , "Sculptures & Drawings 2000-2014", in the Smak museum of Gent. You can see that there is something for every taste and age group. What a great policy to grant total freedom to photographers of all ages and skill levels.
"The exhibition (...) is conceived as a promenade taking in a select choice of drawings, sculptures and installations that bring to light the evolution and nuances of the oeuvre. It combines the core motifs of De Bruyckere’s oeuvre: the vulnerability of man, which is her chief theme, and the suffering body, which is the source of her visual idiom.( ...) The pivotal work is ‘Kreupelhout – Cripplewood’ (2012-13), the monumental installation which has previously only been shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Finally, drawings are an essential part of this exhibition. They are hung in series in the same rooms as the sculptures and enrich the associations and cross-connections that relate all the works to each other".
http://www.smak.be/tentoonstelling.php?la=en&y=&tid=&t=&id=582
http://www.hauserwirth.com/artists/6/berlinde-de-bruyckere/biography/
http://www.hanstheys.be/artists/berlinde_de_bruyckere/