Why you want to add Ghent to your Travel List

I was going to title this blog post (Ghent is better looking than Bruges) but I felt that would be unfair for me to say. Bruges is beautiful, but there was a little something more to Ghent. Like an unfamiliar spice maybe, that hits you with a spark that does not budge. Seriously, Ghent took my breath away, I think it was above my expectations, maybe I had very little expectations of it, maybe it is underrated. Ghent is so beautiful, it is mesmerizing. I still remember very well entering the city of Ghent, we decided to visit it before Bruges so we get most of the time in Bruges, but I guess the next time I will want to spend a full day in Ghent.

We entered the city, that slowly grew to become more medieval, the castles, and architecture of the middle ages are so loud and enormous, you will find your self in aw. The river is captivating, and you get to see it everywhere you look, between bridges, streets, shops and houses. This city kept surprising us with more beautiful architecture, art on the walls, and energy. There is energy in Ghent that I have not tasted elsewhere. You will find yourself smiling, and maybe dancing between the streets, literally, I did it, I even skyped with loved ones, I had to show them what I was seeing, it is that beautiful. The more you walk, the more you will be captivated by it, the more you will feel drawn to it, and the more you will want to spend more time in it. So visit Ghent with time between your hands, don’t rush it, don’t squeeze it between two cities, don’t underestimate it. It sure is more beautiful than you will expect or see in my photographs.

Enjoy this song while you are at it…

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Art found in Bruges

I am a little late publishing the post about my visit to Bruges… actually, am a little too late. I have visited Bruges last march, yup that is around six months ago, wow, it was at the beginning of the year, and look at us now in September. Well I have been pretty busy discovering more about myself, trying to put my pieces into places, I think I have done a good job, I deserve to celebrate, but I will wait a little more on the celebration.

For now, I will focus on sharing my remarkable experience in Bruges. This city, I must say is not like any other. It is heavenly beautiful. Your eyes will want to pop out from their place, like literally, if you are into architecture as much as I am, or even not so, you will just be crying while you look at the art pieces built together, this place is better than lego land. The houses, the colors of the doors, the way they are so flat and just like a big poster, but a 3D or a 4D poster (whatever makes more sense to you) where you can just open doors, and windows, and live inside them, this place… who lives in Bruges anyway?

It looks like a vacation city, imagine living in a vacation city? Well I guess that option is available. The only thing I did not enjoy, and it is kinda upsetting to have not enjoyed one thing in this pleasant place, is it’s food. The food was pretty disappointing. But I guess this gives you a reason to do prepare a nice picnic or just eat some fruits while you stroll.

A song to enjoy yourself while you look at the photographs

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A song to enjoy yourself while looking at my photographs:

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Art in the Palace – Brussels

Art is in everything, not only in what you see, art exists in what we don’t see, it exists in our thoughts, in the scent, in the words we speak, the words we hear, art resides inside all our hearts, and if we don’t see the art, then nothing we see will ever be beautiful.

Here I share some images from my travel in Brussels, Justice Palace, Halle Gate, and the famous Manneken Pis, all three in which art you will see.

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The Architecture of Zanzibar

Because who are you, if you are not so different from everyone else? Click here to learn more about the culture and life in Zanzibar. 

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The Reflection of Architecture. A Creative Writing Piece.

One morning, while I was in Tripoli, I woke up with an urge to go study the architecture of few monuments in the old town city. It felt more like… it was an internal study, a study of my own soul architecture. As I went gazing and zooming in with my camera, into what looked like an Ottoman design, I was able to see a reflection of myself. Refined architecture. That is hidden between several other elements, creating some sort of haziness. They are there, right there, but no one can see them. They are too busy with their every day routine, that they never get to once sit, and enjoy the beauty that lies between their own reflection. They have taken everything for granted. They don’t really question the meaning of their existence, seeing them standing out, not noticing that they do not look like the rest of the other buildings. So they have been blended along with all the other buildings, and they will only rise again when someone takes initiative to pull the curtains off. They are curtains covering the eyes of the people, and not covering the work of art. The work of art, is there, visible. And that is when, people will question, “how did we grow up to become so blinded?” And that is my soul architecture, it has been created in a way no other can see but myself. I can see it, so clearly, if I give myself the opportunity to. I can sit and watch my own soul stand out. I can sit and watch my own soul put, as it was put in the first place. Watch the design, it was created to appear to be, and let it be what it is here to be.

All about the magnificent Sagrada Familia

Barcelona.

The famous Catholic Church of Barcelona. The incredible art of Gaudi architecture a day with gaudiDesigned by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi 1852-926. Gaudi for the love of Barcelona Architecture SpainIncomplete until today, Sagrada Familia is attracting people from around the world to visit Barcelona only to see it. In love at first sight, this piece of art is worth the years of work put into it. Gaudi Barcelona Architecture SpainThe style of the church is from the Gothic and Art Nouveau forms. The designer Antoni Gaudi died when the church was only quarterly done. Gaudi Magic workThe project is supposed to be complete by the year 2026. I enjoyed staring at the details of this architect. A true piece of Art.

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The incredible art of Gaudi architecture a day with gaudiThe incredible art of Gaudi architecture a day with gaudiThe incredible art of Gaudi architecture a day with gaudiThe incredible art of Gaudi architecture a day with gaudiA world heritage site. 
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Can not get over it until today. Breathtaking. The incredible art of Gaudi architecture a day with gaudi

Live like a Bohemian in Gràcia.

Barcelona.

After a week of exploring Barcelona, I decided to visit Gràcia neighborhood again. Streets of Barcelona I more like, decided to spend a full day in Gràcia. Door and wall in Barcelona GraciaThis neighborhood was established in 1626, with a convent under the name “Our lady of Grace / Nostra Senyora de Gràcia”.Gràcia, and was independent of Barcelona until 1897. Brown old door and house in BarcelonaGràcia is a neighborhood full of life. Differs from the rest of the neighborhoods for not crossing the street of La Rambla, nor is it connected to the center, but is a little ride up a hill. Bicycle in BarcelonaGràcia is famous for its squares “Carrer”. You will find many squares, I think famous for 5 public squares. SquaresSquares of Gràcia are known to live the day and night. They are usually filled with outdoor tables, live bands, and laughers. Nightlife Barcelona Architecture SpainChhurch Streets of barcelona artsyIf you decide to spend the day there, then make sure you walk and look for the art that resides in it.

In barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsMarket Streets of barcelona artsyQuino shop in BarcelonaBicycle infront of a shopBarcelona is known for its friendly people and comfortable atmosphere. You will also feel very much welcomed in Gràcia. Barcelona old neighborhoodMake sure you find the popular Carrer Verdi and explore the shops there. Gracia-VerdiI was very lucky to stumble upon a Palestinian cuisine restaurant that will meet your fantasy. Great food, interior design and hostess. You do not want to miss it. Aska Dinya Palestinian restaurant in BarcelonaAska Dinya Palestinian restaurant in BarcelonaAska Dinya Palestinian restaurant in BarcelonaAska Dinya Palestinian restaurant in BarcelonaHave incredible Tiramisu and coffee at Nabucco.Gracia NabuccoArt space in a coffee shopBest tiramisu in BarcelonaUnforgettable sushi at Kibuka.KibukaBest of all, are all the colored walls you will come across. Orange wall gracia barcelonaOrange wall in BarcelonaBlue and purple door in BarcelonaPink and brown wall in barcelonaShop in BarcelonaRed shop in barcelonaGraciaStreets of barcelona artsyOld vintage drinking water fountainGraffiti art in BarcelonaGraciaGracia
A very unpredictable neighborhood and a very predictable love affair. GraciaGraffiti art in BarcelonaArt Space in BarcelonaLibrary in BarcelonaStreets of barcelona artsyFind very cozy cafe’s. In barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsIn barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsIn barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsIn barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsBike inspired shop in BarcelonaBiciociBiciociBest tiramisu in BarcelonaIn barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsHave a romantic dinner. Nightlife Barcelona Architecture SpainNightlife Barcelona Architecture SpainOlive tree Nightlife Barcelona Architecture SpainGo for a door hunt.Beige door Streets of barcelona artsyOld brown antique vintage door Streets of barcelona artsyIn barcelona you can find many hipster unusual artistic shopsOld brown door Streets of barcelona artsyBrown door Streets of barcelona artsybeige doorBlue door in BarcelonaBrown door with bicycle in BarcelonaGracia

And as usual, enjoy the art of its architecture. Colored Buildings Streets of barcelona artsyStreets of barcelona artsy

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gateway to el born

Visit El Born

OId door

Visit Barri Gotic

A nice cute shop with a beautiful white bicycle

Visit El Raval