Tag: Brussels

Christmas Letter 2015

Posted December 29th, 2015
Christmas Letter 2015

Dearest all, whoever and wherever you may be: Newscasts from Paris in November would cut to Brussels and all we could think was, “We were just there in April.” We recognized streets, buildings, monuments. We thought about our little apartment on rue Potagère (Warmoesstraat) in Saint-Josse not far from the Botanical Garden, our Halal butcher…

In Flanders Cities 5: Brussels is Art Nouveau

Posted April 19th, 2015
In Flanders Cities 5: Brussels is Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is not really my thing—too ornate, too feminine, too precious. I admire certain artists and objects and connect to the focus on materials and their unique qualities, but l would not want an Art Nouveau home or Art Nouveau furnishings, or even much in the way of Art Nouveau jewelry. I understand—and teach—that…

In Flanders’ Cities 2: The Kitchen

Posted April 11th, 2015
In Flanders’ Cities 2: The Kitchen

I do not understand why one wouldn’t want to cook while on vacation. Everything tastes better in Europe. The eggs are eggier, the butter more buttery and the vegetables, breads and meats so much more dense with flavor. There is a shop a few meters off St. Catherine Place that has a magnificent display of…

In Flanders’ Cities 1: Train, Tram, Bus and Metro

Posted April 11th, 2015
In Flanders’ Cities 1: Train, Tram, Bus and Metro

Mastering public transportation in Brussels takes some concentration. First y’gotta get the ticket machines to work. I couldn’t get the darned thing to take our money! Actually, once you get you started it’s not hard, but getting the thing to speak English and understanding that you need to “OK” ever step is not immediately obvious….