MKC and I had an amazing trip to France and Belgium to attend my show at Galerie Polaris in Paris. You can see pics from the show here. Below are our trip pics. I hope you enjoy them!

Paris Days 1 & 2 —————————-

Snowy French countryside viewed from the plane.

A quick photo rundown of our first two days in Paris. Aside from the cold, the sunny weather was nice and made for easy walking in this beautiful metropolis. You really need to give Paris a full week to enjoy it at a reasonable pace. That said, MKC and I hit the ground running, checking out Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, and neighborhoods around the Seine on our first full day. Our second day included trips to the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Montmartre neighborhood (think Toulouse-Lautrec), the Arc de Triomphe, Musée d’Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower and surrounding neighborhoods. Other pics can be seen on MKC’s blog post here.

Not the kind of temps us Californians are used to.

Our BnB has no elevator. Good way to burn off the pate and cheese.

Chilly night.

Our main transport.

The Seine

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Space Invader was everywhere in Paris.

Sacre Coeur Basilica

The view from the top of the steps… a bit hazy.

Sacre Coeur Basilica

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

The Montmartre neighborhood

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Mary gathers water from the Seine for her collection. Crafty!

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

The Eiffel Tower (as if you didn’t know).

Paris Days 3 & 4 —————————-

The weather in Paris turned slightly warmer (above freezing) and the skies became cloudy on days three and four. Day three included trips to Musée de l’Orangerie, the Louvre, and the Pompidou Center. Day four we visited the Catacombs. The afternoon city walkabout was capped off by a return to the Eiffel Tower to view the spectacular hourly light display.

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

More you-know-who!

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

The Pompidou

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Sparkly!

Antwerp, Belgium ——————-

Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station

After four vigorous days in Paris, MKC and I hopped on the Thalys high-speed train and in a couple of hours we were in beautiful (and a bit rainy) Antwerp. The Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station has undergone a stunning renovation and is a site worth seeing. We met up with artist pal Sacha Eckes and headed out to the Kulminator bar. Kulminator gets Ratebeer.com’s highest “places” rating. That means it is ranked as the best beer bar in the world. It was a very chill place with an amazing bottle room. Although they have only six beers on tap, they specialize in vintage beers. Belgian ales and various dark porters and stouts improve with age, and this was a good opportunity to try a few oldies and goodies. The next day we hit the Mayer van den Bergh Museum which is a private house collection that has been converted to a gorgeous museum. The biggest highlights here are paintings from Peter Paul Rubens, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and Jan Brueghel the Elder. No photos allowed but I managed to snap a few before being chastised by the sleepy guard. The Peter Paul Rubens House Museum was next. Rubens had quite the crib back in the day and he was a prolific art collector. Again, no pics allowed and the guards there are wide awake. The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp is home to some impressively huge Rubens alter paintings. A must-see!

Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station

Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station

Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station

Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station

The Kulminator Beer Cafe

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A 9-year old Westmalle

De Struise Brouwers beer

We met up with Sacha Eckes!

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

Mayer van den Berge Museum

The House of Peter Paul Rubens

The House of Peter Paul Rubens

The House of Peter Paul Rubens

The House of Peter Paul Rubens

The House of Peter Paul Rubens

The House of Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens Monument

Our Lady Cathedral

Our Lady Cathedral

Our Lady Cathedral

Our Lady Cathedral

Our Lady Cathedral

Our Lady Cathedral

Bruges, Belgium ——————-

Beers at Bierbrasserie Cambrinus.

Some pics from the beautiful medieval town of Bruges. I could easily spend a week here eating good food and fancy chocolate, and drinking great beer.

Struise Bruges Beershop (great beer)!

Struise Bruges Beershop (great beer)!

Struise Bruges Beershop (great beer)!

Yes, those Muppets!

Beer and chocolate dinner!

Tasty (and huge) hot chocolate.

’t Brugs Beertje beer cafe, very good!

1 Response to “France/Belgium”


  1. 1 thoughtsontheatre October 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Love these photos! Makes me want to be back!


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