European cities, shopping, vintage
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On my travel wish-list…Bruxelles

I’ve always wanted to go to Bruxelles for a weekend. 

I would also like to go back to New-York for a week and Koh-Samui for 4 weeks….In fact, if you ask me, the list of places I would like to see is quite long. I’ve been suggesting a long weekend in Bruxelles to Steve but he’s not really feeling the love yet and that is because we come from two different views. 
Steve thinks flight/queue/hassle/tootired/traveltoomuch/Europeanparliament/weather
I’m thinking inspiration/decoration/design/vintage/coolplacestosee and yes I could go there by myself like the big girl that I am but the truth is, I’m done travelling on my own. I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to, mostly because I miss my little family as soon as I’m away 
So here is list of places I would like to see when we go there (because we will! :-)

ICI (photo 1) a lovely delicatessen launched by Saskia et Marine 
{35 Rue Darwin, 35 1050 Bruxelles Tél. : 02/343 88 57 You can follow them here}

The ALEXIS VANHOVE Gallery and SHOWROOM (photo 2): Dedicated to mid-century furniture, the first is a gallery with regular exhibitions, the latter is a space (and quite an amazing one!) where Alexis and his business partner Celine Blanc display their well-curated collection so you can see what the Pierre Paulin coffee table would look like at home.
{Gallery 61 rue Emile Bouilliot 1050 Brussels Tel +32 476 547 349 [email protected] | Showroom 311 Avenue Van Volxem 1190 Forest [email protected]}

VINTAGE ITEMS (photo 3) – A lovely shop two doors down from ICI to dig out some vintage treasures from the 60s to 80s.
{33 Rue Darwin, 35 1050 Bruxelles Tel 0479-43.05.65}

GUAPITO (photo 4) A cool concept store for kiddos set up by Justine (50kms away from Bruxelles but that wouldn’t stop me ;-)
{Chaussée de Philippeville,44 6280 Loverval}
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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


  1. Je te conseille vraiment Bruxelles, moi j’adore cette ville! Si tu vas là-bas, ca vaut vraiment aussi le coup d’aller passer un peu de temps à Anvers (seulement à 40 km de Bruxelles). C’est une ville à l’architecture flamande magnifique, avec de très belles boutiques de design et de super antiquaires.
    Elodie (from madame love)

  2. tracy in barcelona says

    I too agree that it just gets too hard to leave the family (I have three children). I went to London to attend Abigail Ahern’s retail class, and while it was fabulous (and her home was totally inspiring), I found it SO hard to enjoy myself without the rest of my gang, and the idea of “oh, they would love this” kept going through my head. So, yes, I know where you’re coming from! :-)

  3. Olivia says

    Hey i can advise you to go to Brussels! I loooove this city especially in december because you have the winter wonders on the Grand Place! I visited this site before I went there and it gaves you a lot of information. Here is the link I hope you’ll enjoy :)

    xoxo from Roma

  4. missmoune says

    BRUXELLES, ANVERS, BRUGES… ce fut notre destination de fin d’année 2012 et je vous les recommande vivement surtout si vous aimez la mode, la déco, les antiquités et l’architecture flamande…
    pour quelques infos voir mon blog sur le lien suivant:

  5. Lovely Joséphine says

    Cet article me rappelle de bons souvenirs … Si tu as l.occasion, va à Anvers. J.y ai tout aimé et pourtant il a plu la quasi totalité de notre séjour ! Les belges sont tellement cool ????

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