dinsdag 7 september 2010
Canals, spires and a museum
I thought I was in love with Antwerp, but there is another Belgian town that can easily compete, Gent. What an amazing town it is. So full of history. It's like walking through an open air museum. All those old houses along the canals, with the most beautiful facades. Some houses date back as far as the 12th century. I lost count of the spires you can see when standing on the bridge crossing the Leie. There are so many churches and towers!
Although old, the city is very much alive. The students take care of that. In the evening the cafes and restaurants are filled with people of all ages. One of the museums we visited was the Design museum. I fell in love with it from the moment we stepped in. The building itself, a combination of old and new, instantly appealed to me. The light fall through the big and flower shaped windows in the wide open spaces is magical, the way the objects are displayed is a work of art itself and the collection very much worthwhile. From nineteenth century interiors, 1930s furniture to kitchen utensils by Alessi. At the moment we visited there was an exposition of Piet Stockmans, a porcelain desinger. His work looks simple, but is oh so beautiful! Today I show you some of the pictures I made of the houses, canals, and the Design museum. Next time I will take you through the streets and alleys, along the shops to the B&B we stayed in. Enjoy!
Lieve groet, Madelief